A group of librarians and I (and a Chemistry master’s student who has been adopted into our stack of librarians) decided to hit the town last week and went to go see X-men: First Class on cheap night! (yes, it WAS a wild night for sure. We parked two downtown city blocks from the theatre and didn’t get home until 9:45pm!!! True story.
Aaaaanyway, we had varying expectations, but were all happy with our experiences at the end of the show. The sets were well done with a nice mix of realistic detail and cartoonish grandeur. The office of Dr. Shaw’s nazi labratory is the prime example where a dimly lit stone room with finely carved wooden funiture is placed beside a glass walled, neonlit lab with 100’s of gleaming metal instruments adorning the far wall beyond the surgery tables. Also the period costumes and equipment of the Soviet and American navies versus the swanky style of Shaw’s submarine.
We all liked different parts and different aspects of it, so I’m happy to recommend it as “a good movie” a good movie for the action-lovin’ crowd, a good movie when you’re lazing around and feel like killing a couple of hours. I have a couple boeufs though, pardon my french. They are as follows:
Boeuf #1: The movie is borderline to failing The Bechdel Test, the criteria of which are:
Does this film…
1. Have at least two women in it?
2. Who talk to each other?
3. About something besides a man?
Approximately half the leading characters are female, but the amount they talk to each other is sparse and barely of any quality. Female characters are also dwarfed by the male characters authority, specifically thinking of the “pet” roles Emma Frost and Raven played. If you disagree, tell me why, or join the discussion online @ http://bechdeltest.com/view/2370/x-men:_first_classBoeuf#2: Nicholas Hoult does a great job playing Hank McCoy/Beast, Nichalos Hoult looks great… but beast looked like a CG combination of the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, see Figure 1.0 for my visual argument.
This beef isn’t as important to me as under-representing female power, so I can see why the animators wouldn’t have made beast look as fearsome as he does in comic book form. This movie is a prequel and the standard for how Beast’s face should look is based off the 2006 movie X-Men: The Last Stand… which is based off of Kelsey Grammer’s face. The eyes and chin of First Class Beast offer glimpses of Nichalos Hoult’s face, but still as Figure 2.0 shows you both versions of Beast look strikingly like Kelsey Grammar regular face… unless he actually IS Beast and his beige skin is the mask! Stranger things have happened (probably).
Of course nothing counts like your own opinion don’t take what I say verbatim! Go out and see this flick for ya’self… if you like action movies about comics and/or have some time to kill and/or it’s cheap night and your friends are going.