Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones
Riddle me this: when you have one promising movie, 3 pretty terrible follow ons and an upcoming prequel, what do you first think? Well I had no hopes for X-Men:First Class. I was wrong. I only really liked the first X-Men movie, but I loved First Class.
Firstly, it’s cast. OH MY GOD! I’m sorry I’m going to gush here. Who thought that the little boy from About A Boy could turn into Hank McCoy; Jennifer Lawrence makes an amazing Mystique; Kevin Bacon makes an appearance as a bad guy; cameos by Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijin.
This movie has made me embrace (what I assume) is my Hetrochromia:
Charles: Heterochromia was in reference to your eyes which I have to say are stunning. One green, one blue. It’s a mutation. It’s a very groovy mutation. I’ve got news for you, Amy. You are a mutant.
Co-Ed: First you proposition a girl, then you call her deformed. How is that seduction technique working for you?
Charles: …Mutation took us from single-celled organisms to being the dominant form of reproductive life on this planet. Infinite forms of variation with each generation, all through mutation.
Co-Ed: Then let’s reclaim that word. Mutant and proud.
The thing that really struck me about this movie was the relationships. There weren’t any obvious relationships, nothing to take from the action of the movie. I liked the relationship between Charles and Raven, a new take on these two mutants.It isn’t a romantic relationship, but a more platonic one. As though they truly were brother and sister. What’s sad about this movie is thwhen you realise that Charles does love Raven for everything she is but is ,at the same time, ashamed of her. Another relationship to take note of is the one between Raven and Hank. And it’s clear that Hank McCoy does not know how to talk to women when he calls her ugly. That point is the defining one in their relationship as she sees that she will never be accepted in her true form by either of these men.
Someone who does accept her is Erik, who constantly urges her to be herself; who tells her that she is beautiful in her true form by comparing her to a tiger, a beautiful creature.
The most prominent relationship is the one between Charles and Erik, constantly referring to each other as brother. There have been numerous ideas thrown around in different blogs that theirs was a more romantic relationship, but I don’t think so. I think it was just a : with Raven, Charles had a type of duty to protect her, but with Erik, Charles didn’t need that, he had a more closerelationship, brotherly relationship. Neither James McAvoy or Michael Fassbender tarnished to portrayals of Ian McKellan or Patrick Stewart.
Something that really bothers me about this movie though is Michael Fassbender’s accent. At different points he’s talking differently, most noticably towards the end, and you can really hear his Irish, German and American Accents.
Hopefully rumours of a sequel will be more than just rumours. I’d love to see the characters in the aftermath of the division