X-Men: First Class ** The Death of the X-Men saga
X-Men: First Class **
After leaving the theater in utter disappointment after being subjected to the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, I wonder just how much more dumbed down and sexed up movies are going to get in the coming years now that Hollywood has finally figured out the magic formula for pleasing the average brain-dead movie going teenager. This movie wasn’t just bad, this movie was embarrassing. There was not one thing about this movie I enjoyed short of Michael Fassbender’s gritty portrayal of a young Magneto. Now I understand that most people who go to see these movies are not expecting award-winning performances from talented thespians. But after watching the first two outstanding X-Men movies with superb actors such as Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Brian Cox and to a lesser extent Hugh Jackman, one would think that these young actors sure had big shoes to fill.
Apparently these new X-Men were absent the day they taught acting at acting school.
Why would they think they could make a new X-Men movie and exclude the very actors we fell in love with in the first two films? Giving Hugh Jackman a short wise cracking cameo and showing the gorgeous Rebecca Romijn for a split second was basically a slap to the face of the fans (myself included). They were the best thing about the original trilogy!
Obviously nobody in Hollywood makes movies for the fans anymore.
Where is Bryan Singer when you need him?
Now you may be asking why I am being so harsh on a movie about a bunch of eccentric mutants? Well if you grew up reading X-Men comics your whole life you would be pissed off to! (Yes I’ll admit I am a comic book nerd) None of these X-Men make any attempt to act as their comic book counterparts and whatever marketing genius came up with the idea that Jennifer Lawrence is going to be the next big thing is truly hanging on to his job by a thread and should have their head examined. This actress is truly… just….awful! After watching her mope around in last years dreary Winter’s Bone, I had my doubts about her filling the shoes of the dangerous Rebecca Romijn as Mystique and my assumptions could not have been more accurate. She has destroyed all those warm and mushy feelings I got during college about the original shape shifting blue goddess from the previous movies with her lethargic portrayal of one of the baddest movie vixens in cinema.
I urge you, especially if you are a true X-Men fan, to stay away from this picture at all costs unless you like the taste of utter disappointment in the back of your throat like 5 day old cheesecake. If you don’t really care much about the X-Men mythology and simply enjoy two hours of mindless drivel, by all means turn your brain off and sit back and prepare to be mildly amused.
And for god sakes James McAvoy,
STOP TOUCHING YOUR TEMPLE EVERY 5 MINUTES AND LEERING AT THE CAMERA WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO USE YOUR TELEPATHY!
Didn’t you study Patrick Stewart in the original series??? It’s called being subtle.
X-Men: First Class (2011) **
Directed by Mathew Vaughn
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne