I finally saw X-Men First Class. With my 16 year old nephew. He wanted to go on Friday night, but I was like, "Maybe we should go on Saturday afternoon, since Friday nights are when all the kids are hanging out at the movies and the mall. I don't want you to be embarrassed, going to a movie with your aunt when all you friends are around." He said, considering, "Well, you wouldn't be the most
embarrassing person I ever went to the movies with..." Um, thanks, I guess. But we saw the movie on Saturday afternoon. :D
Anyway! My reactions to the movie, ass told in tweets:
Snacky: ATTN TWITTERATI: I HAVE FINALLY SEEN X-MEN FIRST CLASS. YOU CAN RESUME WITH THE SPOILERS NOW. WHAT DO YOU MEAN, YOU NEVER STOPPED?
Cleolinda: @snacky DO YOU SEE NOW WHAT I MEANT
Snacky: @cleolinda YES, I TOTALLY WANT TO REWATCH THE FIRST TWO MOVIES. AND IF I MAY MIX MY COMICS METAPHORS, HOLY CONTINUITY ERRORS, BATMAN!
Snacky: @cleolinda Like, Erik and Raven make NO SENSE now.
Cleolinda: @snacky Yeahhhhh. I don't know much about the comics. But even I was like, "Magneto and Mystique make NO SENSE NOW."
Snacky: @cleolinda And, okay, I am a total comics fangirl, and this is just AU to me, but man, they kind of butchered Xavier's basic character.
Cleolinda: @snacky Did I care? Nooooooooooooo.
Snacky: @cleolinda Oh, the slash TOTALLY writes itself. I was watching a movie called "Erik+Charles=TLF". X-Men, what X-Men?
Cleolinda: @snacky I'm not even *into* slash and I could see it.
Snacky: @cleolinda They test-screened the movie with previously undiscovered tribes in the Andes, and even THEY left slashing Magneto/Professor X.
Snacky: @cleolinda I just kept staring at James McAvoy going, "Why are you so hot? WHYYYYYY?"
Cleolinda: @snacky Apparently he actually said IRL, "I think Charles and Erik should have stayed together and had sex and kids together" (paraphrase).
moirarogersbree: @snacky @cleolinda James McAvoy. *heart* No one knows how he is that hot. It is A MYSTERY.
Snacky: @moirarogersbree @cleolinda I mean, there were moments where I was like, "HOW IS HIS FACE ALL WEIRD, BUT STILL HOT LIKE BURNING!"
Cleolinda: @snacky @moirarogersbree Hee. I really enjoyed his "mutations are really quite groovy" spiels. Oh, CHARLES.
Snacky: @cleolinda @moirarogersbree That was the moment I was sold on the movie. "Groovy." I'm in your lap now, Charles.
Cleolinda: @snacky I still like Angel being like, "That is NOT how it works here." Oh, honey. Sit down and let's have a talk.
Snacky: @cleolinda That might have been my favorite scene!
Snacky: @cleolinda That or Erik cradling Charles tenderly in his arms. I HAVE NO SHAME.
callmecayce: @snacky i think i am the only person who wasn't interesting in shipping them D:
Snacky: @callmecayce Generally my X-Men shipping tastes run to Wolverine/Me, but this worked for me! :D( Cut for possible plot spoilers, sorry! )
moirarogersbree: @snacky @cleolinda I have a seriously not okay McAvoy addiction. It started when he was in Children of Dune & never went away. <3
Snacky: @moirarogersbree @cleolinda I can't watch him in Narnia without feeling like a furry. At least he didn't have goat legs in this one.
Cleolinda: @snacky @moirarogersbree HA. That has turned into one of those movies that's weird to watch in retrospect.
callmecayce: @snacky LOL! i can't blame you. i saw the slash, but i ended up more of alex/hank/sean (any combo or all three) kind of girl, it seems!
Snacky: @callmecayce Mmm, I loved me some Hank.
Snacky: Also, can I just say, I friggin' loved when Hank turned into Beast. He was PERFECT. That is why I love those movies.
Snacky: Oh, and I was disappointed in January Jones as Emma Frost. She looked right, but man, there was NOTHING going on.
TBQ: @snacky So basically there's good reason why they didn't show much of her acting in the trailers
Snacky: @tbq_ Holy crap, no kidding. Emma Frost is lot of things, but "bland" is not one of them.
TBQ: @snacky That's what you get when you hire for looks and not acting talent, people
TBQ: @snacky It amused me b/c she's one of the more known Xmen plus she's half-naked for those who don't know her and... nothing in the trailers
In addition and summation: I thought the use of Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon playing an old X-Men villain) was well-done in the movie, since his mutation always made him a very formidable foe. And it worked to insert him in Magneto's origin story.
January Jones as Emma Frost was completely blah, and I was hoping for so much more from her. But I'm guessing that's a combo of her acting and the writing.
The treatment of women and POCs in the movie was crap (see above re: Emma Frost). Raven showed glimmers of independent thought, but in the end she just switched from Charles to Erik for validation. Moira, oh poor Moira.
As an old school comics fan, it was just another AU variant of origins stories for me. There was no real continuity between the comics or the other XM movies (but I made happy dolphin noises at the Wolverine cameo, I admit. My nephew probably rethought the "embarrassing" thing at that moment). But still, fluffy exciting summer movie fun, and basically a Magneto/Professor X lovefest, from beginning to end (tender cradling and one perfect tear scenes included! THE SLASH WRITES ITSELF, PEOPLE).