Quick Hits on X-Men: First Class – Mathew Vaughan (2011)


-As CGI makes more astounding advances, movies end up getting more dull and lazy, and that’s never been more true with any movie genre as it is right now with comic book movies. The computer was a helping hand to the story in the first X-Men, but by the third X-Men, it was all computer based story. There is very little innovation left to be found in CGI movies, just more levels of technical achievements, which is fine and all, and someone, someday will put these to amazing use (no, probably not you, James Cameron), but for now I’ve seen enough shit flying to not need a “OH MY GOD I’M FLYING” slack-jawed grin of amazement every time it happens.

-Jennifer Lawrence deserves and will get the benefit of the doubt because of what the movie is and how bad her lines were, but it’s really hard to reconcile the fact that this was the same actress from Winter’s Bone. This was a rough one for her, but no one does their best work under these circumstances.

-Are we still really doing the whole kill the only black guy thing?

-The only thing about X-Men: First Class that works is the fledgling chemistry between Michael Fassbender and James Mcavoy. It’s an uneasy chemistry at best, never developing beyond the hope of a real chemistry before the finale tears down that hope.

-Overall, I was left with the impression of watching something that was made for TV, but with better explosions. Every above the line technical aspect fell short, and as an added bonus it really cannibalized the ideas and history of the first two X-Men. They just don’t fit together, puzzle-wise. It hardly seems to matter anymore. I’m sure the franchise will be rebooted again and again, something at which comic book movies are uniquely suited for. I choose to blame it all on Bill Jemas and the Ultimate Marvel line (even though that’s not the first reboot in comics history). Mostly Bill Jemas. Okay, all on Bill Jemas. Just because.