Sunday, June 5, 2011

Went to see X-Men: First Class

June 3, 2011. Went to see X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn, 2011). Silly French title X-Men: Le commencement. Directed by the guy who directed Kick-Ass (mm, quite). As I write this, Tony is cycling into downtown Melbourne to go see it. Wonder what he'll make of this movie. I need to speak to some of my students, those who have not read lots of X-Men comics, and see what they make of it. I guess if you don't know much about the X-Men, it's a reasonably entertaining movie. But if you've read every issue of Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, New X-Men, X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants, Astonishing X-Men, etc. published between 1970 and now, well, you're going to have a problem with it. The chronology is absurd, the ages of the characters  nonsensical, the casting foolish. No-one has the right accent, to begin with. Basically what the scriptwriters did was to take bits from the "normal" Marvelverse and mix them with elements from all over the place, Ultimate, First Class, etc., plus their own invention. And of course, as a prequel, it does NOT work. There are so many bits that just don't fit in with the other X-Men movies. Yes, I do realize the economic imperatives, bla bla. I'm just a disappointed fan, really. The only (more or less) acceptable piece of casting is Michael Fassbender -- who even manages a little bit of Camp at the end. Oh, and, plus, having taught the missile crisis for years, it was weird to discover the X-Men had helped JFK avoid WW3, ha ha.