Mutant and Proud
I genuinely loved X-Men: First Class. Period. True, Matthew Vaughn didn’t cast Stan Lee’s original fearless five and instead bedecked a random match of mutants as the “first” who were—in essence—out. He, however, didn’t shake expectations from religious X-Men followers. The first classmen were interesting enough that, except for the irrelevant Moira McTaggert, they had churned out a storyline that was worth the wait.
Tomorrow, mankind will know that mutants exist. They will fear us, and that fear will turn to hatred. [Erik]
In the comic books, the original first class consisted of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Iceman. Continuity speaking, given how X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) practically rammed alive the first two beautifully-written Bryan Singer series, Lee’s version wouldn’t really make any sense. We understand that.
Vaughn’s only choice was to pen a story in such a way that it still comes fresh and exciting. X-Men: First Class, unexpectedly, arrived genius as the director had put the spotlight on the bromance between Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender). Because come on, the said story was one of the most gravitating in the X-Men world.
The good thing? We saw that kind of bromance. That kind of how it evolved into a profound reformist-revolutionary clash.
The best thing? It wasn’t all that.
Of course, there was the sibling-ly friendship between Charles and Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). And there’s the acceptance phase of Mystique and the denial stage, on the other hand, of the nerdy Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult in stunning non-British accent).
Down the line, Mystique remains one of the most controversial characters in X-Men even in the movies. Not to mention, she was already drawing even back when she was played with zero lines by Rebecca Romijn (then Stamos).
Glad to know that Mystique was pretty idealistic and, at the same time, bitchy when she was young. She really had some issues and had actually something to say other than freak some others with her blue scales. “Mutant and proud… The society should instead want to be more like us, we’re different…”
Technically speaking, with more than two hours of running time, the movie wasn’t even dragging.
I don’t know, it’s either my superhero movie companion Cake and I were just too noisy mocking the blandness of January Jones, or we were both too distracted by the obvious
flaws stuff. There’s the perpetual question on where did Erik take all those money to go on jet-setting. Or the parallelisms between the movie and the elements of Harry Potter.
Nonetheless, I have yet to watch it again. I await the moment Hugh Jackman does his cameo and recites his best line ever: “Go fuck yourselves!”
Posted on June 12, 2011, in Mmmovies and tagged James McAvoy, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucas Till, Matthew Vaughn, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Xmen. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.