Posted by : Wendy B Thursday, 27 October 2011
|Does this outfit make me look|
inadequate as an actress?
First up is Emma Frost played by January Jones. I was expecting this issue, as many had warned me that January Jones took the Halle Berry School of X-Men Non-Acting and didn't bother to actually review her source material, despite stating otherwise. I was initially pissed off about her costume, but, as it turns out, she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag, much less that Walmart bra.
Alas, I can't blame her alone for that mess. Writing and directing get nods of fail, too, for turning THE WHITE QUEEN into a bloody lackey. This is the woman who plays Sebastian Shaw's Black King to a stalemate time and again because they are EQUALS. She is not the bitch who gets Shaw
|Who will DIE????|
SHAW: "..blah blah blah ENSLAVED." [PAUSE TO LOOK AT BLACK GUY] "Blah blah."
Much like when, at the Oscars, a Black person is nominated or wins and the camera pans to Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Halle Berry and Morgan Freeman. (It should also be noted that (this is the internet - of course it has been noted), in the same scene, Angel, the mixed race girl, switched over to the dark side, presumably to clean the house and help Emma with Shaw's other domestic requirements. Represent! Oh and in case you missed her motivations for switching sides, there was some ham-fisted anti-mutant dialogue just before the attack on the base and just before Angel decides to switch sides.)
Then, Darwin, who's ability is to adapt to survive, fails to survive having Havok's powers shoved down his throat by Shaw. Best saddeathface ever!
Even Michael Bay had the decency to not make Jazz's pending doom quite so obvious. Hell, he at least got to survive to the end. I generally don't like to look for racism in my entertainment, though, as a Black person, it's often hard not to notice, but this was so damn blatant in its ignorance! I expected a lot better from Mr. Singer and company. Then again, maybe the movie was set in the '60s to justify all the -isms.
This is the point where I wanted to shut this movie off, which says a lot, since the likes of Transformers 2 is on the short list of movies that made me feel this way. The only saving grace here was that my friends have repeatedly proclaimed it to be their favourite blockbuster movie of the summer. Plus I'm the chick that liked X-Men 3, so who am I to judge?
|The slash! It writes itself!|
X-Men: First Class managed to make us sympathize more strongly with Magneto than the other two movies did, while simultaneously pointing out that Charles' "dream" is maybe not so nice, and also, Charles is an arrogant bastard who really only likes the pretty mutants. Most of this is played off of Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, whom, I can now confirm, has the chops for Katniss. Was all of this character development enough to make an entire movie out of? Nope. But we'll make one anyway, because hey, franchise. Unfortunately, as the movie progresses towards the action climax that allows this film its "blockbuster" title, the drama at its heart becomes rushed; friendships and alliances are too quickly made and/or broken and additional characters are merely props.
In fact, who were the other characters again? Oh yeah, Beast, because we needed stuff invented within extremely short time periods. That guy who believed in
Perhaps if I rewatch this movie, fastforwarding through everything but the Charles, Raven and Erik moments, I will find the intelligent movie that should have been, instead of the cut and paste "blockbuster" that we ended up with.