[Last Film I Saw] X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men First Class poster

Title: X-Men: First Class
Year: 2011
Language: English, German, Russian, French, Spanish
Country: USA
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers:
Ashley Miller
Zack Stentz
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Sheldon Turner
Bryan Singer
Music: Henry Jackman
Cinematography: John Mathieson
Cast:
James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Kevin Bacon
Rose Byrne
January Jones
Jennifer Lawrence
Nicholas Hoult
Oliver Platt
Caleb Landry Jones
Lucas Till
Edi Gathegi
Alex Gonzalez
Jason Flemyng
Zoe Kravitz
Ray Wise
Rade Serbedzija
Hugh Jackman
Rebecca Romijn
Rating: 7.4/10

As most summer blockbusters have lost its credibility and novelty in recent years, this 120 minutes prequel gratifies me with its intricacy of different characters and the visual thumps (Magneto Vs. submarine scene is expressly phenomenal notwithstanding that it had been seen in the trailer).

The overwhelming bromance between Professor X and Magneto has meshed well with the gay trend and indeed the film can be introduced as a mutants version of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN without too much toil (taking account of the overtone of the similar social situation between gay and mutant), plus nearly all female characters are curbed as wallflowers (Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence) or stereotyped femmes fatales (January Jones, Zoe Kravitz). It’s a man’s world, even for mutants.

A major merit is that the film magnificently applies the Cuban missile crisis into and plot and subsequently maneuvers a credible Cold War milieu, which according to the director Matthew Vaughn, he got the inspiration from earlier James Bond films.

About the cast, James McAvoy plays a brainy-over-brawny hoot with ease while Michael Fassbender exudes a menacing characteristic which could widen his remit into an unprecedented area (2011 is dooms to be his year, JANE EYRE, A DANGEROUS METHOD and SHAME, I bet at an Oscar nomination is unquestionably within his reach). The mutual attraction between them is mesmerizingly fruitful. But the villain Kevin Bacon is pigeonholed as a shallow badass which falls into the so-called Hollywood miscreant’s formula, although his language versatility is the only saving grace.

Still the film cannot or dare not to be a true alien from its kins or to be distinguished from other Marvel pics, hackneyed tactics are ubiquitous (compared with Vaughn’s groundbreaking previous work KICK-ASS 2010), and some parts are tedious enough to bring about a tad repellence (notably the invincible Kevin Bacon Vs. human soldiers, and the assault on the mutant base, the slaughtering is purely annoying and corny).

Now it is not clearly whether the film will reignite a further sequel since its the box office transcript is well underperformed. It’s a pity that it is much more entertaining than THOR and the newest installment of the Caribbean pirates.

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