X-Men: First Class is a small indie picture from earlier this year. You probably haven’t heard of it. It deals with a group of young adults railing against the evils of Corporate America at the turn of the century and their influence on the Columbine tragedy, while subtly touching on the subject of net-neutrality and the dangers of an internet without Freedom of Speech.
|X-Men: First Class (2011)|
We see the important moments in the lives of Chuck, Hank, Erik and Raven that shape their future. Their origin, if you will. In an origin story? That’s crazy talk! It shouldn’t be surprising that you’d see the origins of characters in an origin story… but they’ve been fucked up so hard in the past (I’m looking at you, Lucas) that it’s actually damn near astonishing to see one that’s done well.
Cameos. They were excellent.
Building a Universe. Marvel Studios has been getting a lot of credit for building their non-mutant Marvel Movie Universe, heading towards The Avengers next year. While I agree with all that praise, I have to nod towards Fox and the Mutant Marvel Universe they’re creating. Even with the steaming pile of shit that was X3, and the ridiculous, but fun, romp that was Origins: Wolverine, they seem to laid the groundwork for another trilogy, or more, with this picture. There are plenty of stories to be told with these characters still, and I’m looking forward to them.
Things that I didn’t love:
The Fat Guy With Glasses in me can’t always get past the little details… and here it’s no different. I’m watching the movie and thinking to myself… “Isn’t Raven even older than Chuck? I thought she was, like, Wolverine old.” “That’s not the right Angel!” “That’s not the original class at all!” “Hank’s hair looks like shit!” “I thought Kevin Bacon already learned a valuable lesson about playing chicken in Footloose!” Turn off that voice. You know you can do it. Just shut it off and everything will be fine.
The poster art. Look at that photoshop disaster. Chuck’s head looks like Matt Stone and/or Trey Parker cut it out in cardboard and taped it there, guy. Mags looks like he’s in the middle of walking down the runway, seconds away from stopping us all in our tracks with Blue Steel. The only one that isn’t looking like a tool is, of course, Kevin Bacon, who is obviously now the frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as 007 in the next movie.
That’s it, though. I loved everything else. At least, I don’t remember anything else I hated. I’ve heard some people complain that January Jones was too distant as Emma Frost… These are probably the people that complained that Eric Bana was too distant as Bruce Banner. Or that Christian Bale seemed stiff as Batman.
Re…. memm… ‘Member that part where the guy was teleporting all over the place, and dropping lackeys from the sky and then Bacon basically walks in through some rubble like Vader at the beginning of Star Wars and blows the crap out of that guy that does the stuff? FLABOOM! Yeah… that was awesome.