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X-Men First Class: What I Thought (Possible Spoilers for Some People)

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So, as most X-Men fans out there,  I went to a midnight showing of the new movie and now want to share with you what I thought. To start, I thought that the movie was pretty fantastic overall. I enjoyed the plot of the movie and thought that for the most part the acting was pretty wonderful too. I thought that it brought back the heart of the first two movies and blended in perfectly with what they set up to be the conflict of the mutants in the world that they lived in. I think that a lot of this has to be due with Bryan Singer being brought back on board as a writer and story creator. Honestly, I believe that he is the reason the first two films were as true to the comics as they were and feel that he had a real sense of what the true feelings of the story was.

Positives:

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are amazing and fill the shoes that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan left for them. They play the younger version of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr in such a way that make them a lot more down to earth and human than the figures that we see as Professor X and Magneto. They flesh out the characters in a way that their older counterparts could because they allow us to see the men before the leaders.

 

The villains were a good choice. Bringing the Hellfire Club into an X-Men movie is no easy task especially since they are quite a scary bunch of villains. However, I believe that Kevin Bacon does a good job of breathing life into Sebastian Shaw the Black King of the Club. He is a formidable foe and even with him being a bit overpowered (i.e. manipulating energy to be put back out in the form of explosive energy…which is not his original powers). He was especially great with all the different languages and other things that were required of him.

The integration of the movie into actual historical events makes me quite happy. I like how they spun the Cuban missile crisis to make it a moment for the X-Men / Brotherhood to start to develop as groups and individuals. I like how they used this as a point of origin for the groups and for the rivalry that springs up between the friends of Xavier and Magneto.

 

The music was fantastic as well. Thanks to Henry Jackman. The score punctuated the movie quite well and made it more enjoyable.

Weak Points

January Jones as Emma Frost left something to be desired for me. Emma is supposed to be one bad-ass, devil-may-care uber bitch. However, Jones comes off as a very flat portrayal of this most of the time. Now, I’m not blaming this entirely upon her. Matter-of-factly, she does have a few moments when she pulls of the character quite well. For instance, when she is in the CIA interrogation room and cuts a hole in the glass with her diamond finger, she gave me a bit of the chills that the real Emma Frost. There were also a few other of the more minor characters that I feel like could have given more.

I could have used the real original group of X-Men. I liked most of the characters that they used for the movie. However, I wanted there to be at least Jean and Scott…those are the real heart of the team, and I feel that they should have been there…other than that the characters were fine. (Except for the Wolverine cameo…I could have really done without that…that’s all I’m saying).

No extra scene at the end. I’m disappointed in Marvel for having them in every other movie but not in this one. Really Marvel? That was what I thought when I saw this…or didn’t see it rather.

Parting Thoughts:

Overall, I think that the movie works well especially with the first and second X-Men movies (I complete discount the 3 or any of the Wolverine Origin movies). I think that they chose a good place to fit them into the real world. I think that they chose a good cast to portray the characters. And they did the ideals that the X-Men stood for justice. I enjoyed it very thoroughly (as one can tell from me seeing it twice on the opening day) and hope that it might mean something for the X-Men franchise in the future.

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X-Men: The First Class…A Good Thing or Not?

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As all of my readers out there know, I am a huge X-Men fan. As some of you may know as well, the new movie X-Men: First Class is coming out June 3, and we as the viewing audience just got our true first peek at what the movie is going to be like. Honestly, I am excited about this new edition to the X-Men movies…however, I also have some other questions that surround the movie and the overall placement of it in terms of the others.

Honestly, I guess the biggest question that I have about the movie is this: will it fit into the canon that the Bryan Singer and, sadly, Brett Radner films have created or will it start a new timeline for the X-Men entirely. I know that it is being billed as a prequel; yet, some of the stuff that they appear to be doing does not fit in with the continuity of the movies or of the comic series entirely. First and foremost, Jean Grey is Charles Xavier’s first student. In this film, I have not seen or heard of any reference to Jean, which kinda makes me sad because she is an interesting character. Secondly, if we take the Wolverine Origins movie into the continuity ( I have serious doubts about whether it  should be or not since it is just a mess of characters and action…much like the third movie), characters like Emma Frost and Havok (as juxtaposed to Cyclops who actually appears in the Wolverine movie) are significantly younger within this framework compared to the older Professor X (he arrives at the end of the movie). However, in the new movie, Emma Frost is the more familiar face that we reading the comics are accustomed to while Havok is still a young man. Also, Mystique, who appears in the later movies, is young in this one…yet, we all know that she does not age like normal people or mutants and is as old or older than Wolverine.

 

Finally, I’m curious as to which origin story they are actually using…there are a couple (all of which involve practically the same mutant team). Still, knowing which one they were using would make me feel a little better about what may or may not be the main plot of the movie. So, yeah….I have high hopes for this movie. They have actors that are good actors in all the right parts. They have a director who knows comic movies (Matthew Vaughn from Kick Ass). The story was also conceived by Bryan Singer (someone who knows the X-Men). Does it mark a new beginning for the X-Men franchise? Or is it truly a prequel? I will keep my eyes and ears out for more info on the movie as time goes on.

A Thought

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Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about super heroes, which probably doesn’t shock anyone out there. But I’ve come to a conclusion about my thoughts. I want to write something that is super hero based and see where it takes me. I have always been interested in them. Why shouldn’t I at least pay tribute to this in writing?

Now, I know that I am another fanboy thinking about writing about something that he loves. I am not under any delusion that what I write is going to be amazing. But I think that it will be interesting and will be something for me.

Now to my idea. My thought is about what happens to some of the B-list superheroes after they have become older. What happens to them when the only ones who remember their names are the ones that seem to still try to get to them for past transgressions? I would want to deal centrally around characters that people don’t necessarily know. Now, given, some of them will have to be known because for an off character to exist there has to be some notable around them.

As much as I don’t really like him, I am pondering using Quicksilver from the X-Men/X-Factor as my central character. I would make him older somehow whether this be by natural aging or because he has an unstable molecular structure due to his “superspeed’ tendencies. I would want to develop this idea out, but in my head, I already have a villain and motivations as to why this idea might work.

I will continue to keep toying with this in my mind. There are still a lot of variables to negotiate, but I’m going to try to put something together really soon.

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May 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Practical Superpowers

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If superpowers did exist and we as humans were lucky enough to develop them, it would be interesting to see what would happen. Now, I’m not just talking about the idea that people wouldn’t be able to control them (because let’s face it that has been done to death, we know we couldn’t really handle them, and that’s not the idea behind this post). I’m talking about what I might do if I had super powers and no one else did. I think that I would find a usage for them to enhance my standings while staying out of the Super Hero business. Enter the idea of practicality when it comes to powers. I think it could be ingenious if someone used their powers to benefit themselves and others, just not in the save the world kind of way.

–Super strength–a staple of super hero movies and comics. It seems to be one of the most common powers. For those who might not be familiar with the whole genre, this power would give you increased strength in all things. I think the most practical usage of this would be a moving company. I mean seriously think about it. A person who chose to use their powers in this way would not have to have anyone else to help them with the whole moving procedure…I mean sure you might want to have others for a front, but that would be up to the individual. You could get people moved in record time and get paid normal rates for all the blood, sweat and tears that you didn’t have to put into the job.

–Telepathy–The ability to read the minds of those around us. While this would be an annoying power to have (who wants to be able to read all the people’s minds around us…it’s unseemly), it too has its practical usage. Aside from being a fortune-teller and telling others what they want to hear, this power could be very useful. You are practically a human lie detector. People would pay you to have your input before big business deals and to determine if people were being completely honest with them. The drawback, if someone knows you have this power and doesn’t want their secrets spilled, you might find yourself in dire straights.

–Telekinesis–Probably one of the most versatile powers, it can be used to move or for many other facets of life…the usage of this power is pretty much up to the imagination of the person wielding it…so, if you want to be an acrobat, an explorer, etc. It could be handy in any pursuit…imagine if Indiana Jones had this or anyone you might think about.

–Weather manipulation–The ability to control the weather…in all of the comic book realm, I can only think of one person who has this power, and she is calm and composed all the time. Why? Because if she gets angry, sad, etc., she causes change in the weather…it’s a blessing and a curse of sorts. If I were going to think of a logical, non-super use of this power, it would have to be something like event planning. Think about it. How many people would be willing to pay thousands of dollars to not have it rain on their wedding day or to have snow for Christmas. Enter the weather goddess/god to suit their needs. The biggest downside I would see to this whole “create your own weather for any occasion” business would be that it would get the scrutiny of the government fairly quickly…which is a downer because they wouldn’t leave you alone….they would want to use you.

Sometimes, when my friends and I sit around discussing superpowers, we get into these kinds of discussions. I think it’s interesting to think of them with this sort of spin because really who wants to think about being a hero or a villain all the time. Why can’t we think of just normal people living normal lives with the aid of extraordinary powers?

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April 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

Super

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Isolation is what humans

Inflict the best upon

Their brothers because

Of differences.

My perspective comes

From a direct correlation:

My mind to yours…your

Thoughts are my canvas.

No one knows who I am

Or what I am capable of

Because to them I am merely

Human…I relish the fact

That I will be able to prove them

Wrong.

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April 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

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Superpowers

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Quite often, I am reminded about why we as normal people do not have superpowers. I believe that the world would be plunged into anarchy because let’s face it for every Spiderman or X-Man there are at least 10 supervillains that are out there. Also, I believe that normal people would not be able to deal because “With great power comes great responsibility.” Thanks Uncle Ben…but what is it about ourselves that makes us unable to have said superpowers…let’s just think about that.

1. Most of the superhumans that exist in our wonderful fantasy worlds tend to have moral compasses that go to either extreme of “good” or “evil”…there are few rare instances of the “gray area’ that most normal people would live in. Think of Charles Xavier and Magneto. They are both people who are run by specific goals: one the cohabitation of mutants and humans…the other for superiority of the mutant race over humanity. Professor X would be considered to have his compass pointed toward the good, and Magneto would be pointed toward the evil. Each tend to try to achieve their goals by means that would support this…However, in the real world, we tend to be neither good nor evil…we tend to have our moments of brilliance on both ends of the spectrum.

While our powers would be morally ambiguous, the minds running the powers wouldn’t…and sometime, we would invariably do “evil” with them. Whether this be blowing up the guy who cut us off in traffic or beating someone to a bloody pulp because they spited us, I guarantee it would happen.

2. While there seem to be plenty of people in the comic worlds to uphold truth and justice, I believe there would be more people who would fall into the scope of evil simply because using their powers to better themselves would be too great a temptation to avoid. If I could control the weather like Storm, I’ll be honest I’d probably sell my services to the highest bidder because it would be easy money…doing so would probably effect the global ecosystem pretty badly.

3.What happens if someone gets a power so phenomenal that they can shape the world? (That’s all I’m going to pose because the idea is intriguing and frightening at the same time.)

4. Finally, we are human. That is my biggest reasons superpowers would never work for us because if suddenly by some tremendous happenstance we did gain some sort of power we would be humans with superpowers. We would bring all of our driving forces to the table. Something bad is bound to happen if you drop a lit match into a room filled with propane…

Now, I’m not saying that some people wouldn’t make the wise choices because you would have those out there who would become the heros. However, all the superheroes in comic-dum have had their bouts of falling between one extreme and the other. Superpowers are fine and dandy…and honestly, if I ever got one, I would be super-excited like any fanboy would…however, I don’t know how I would react…I would like to think that I would be good, but the allure of the darkside (to reference Star Wars) might be too great.

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February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am