Tuesday, June 7, 2011
X-Men First Class
First of all, there must be a better way to arrange theater seats so people aren't sitting under the screen. That screen is too big to be watching a movie from that angle for two hours. I was looking at the screen from those front seats for only a couple of minutes and my head started to hurt then, half-way through the movie my neck cramped. There must be a better way. Those seats are pure torture.
Now that's out of the way... X-Men: First Class was awesome. I went in skeptical because they keep doing X-Men movies and they just- kept- failing. I have some serious problems with the first three movies which I won't go into but, I wasn't going to see this one. The trailer was epic so I decided to give them another chance.
Just for the occasion, I bought X-Men: First Class graphic novel hoping to compare it to the movie. The GN wasn't about the history of Professor X and Magneto but the first class of X-men (hence the name) - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast. The GN was great but it wasn't what I expected and I can't compare it to the movie.
I enjoyed the movie overall but someone things were a bit obvious. Like when the characters were coming up with code names. I know it's a movie but the names shouldn't feel like they were fed to them. Fortunately, the rest of the movie wasn't forced. I know only a little about the X-Men story but, from what I know, they did Professor X and Magneto justice. The part where Erik is lifting the submarine out of the water was as awesome as it looked in the trailer! X-Men had some great action but it didn't leave the story behind. It was more about Erik and Charles; the other characters, the plot were seasoning- all ways to show how they were before they became Professor X and Magneto. The other characters were forgettable but Charles and Erik were portrayed so brilliantly they carried the movie. Out of the X-Men movies to date, I enjoyed this one the most. They finally got it right. I wasn't disappointed.
I have to say, though, while watching the movie, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking something was off about the story and that it might make die hard X-men fans a little angry. I read user reviews who said they, as fans of the comic, were satisfied so I could be wrong. My hang-up may have been because Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman and Angel weren't in the movie. They had an Angel but it was a female with fairy wings. But as I said, excellent summer movie, not one that will be forgotten. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be downloading this one once its available on iTunes.
BTW, a Planet of the Apes prequel sounds like a stupid idea but the preview looked kind of awesome.
Auden is a dark fantasy author. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get away from writing. Darkness and dark thing have always fascinated her.