Monday, June 6, 2011
Mini-Review: X-Men: First Class
After drinks and large amounts of not-good-for-you foods that involve battering things and deep-frying them, we headed over to the movie. I went in with very low expectations, because I thought X-Men 3 was really bad, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine was one of the worst things I'd ever seen committed to film or television since the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Code of Honor."
But, cutting to the chase - I really liked this film. A lot. It's safe to say that it's my favorite of all of the X-Men films they've put out, by far. One of my friends at my D&D game today asked me how it compares to Iron Man. Well, it's no Iron Man. But, that doesn't make it a bad film. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It hit a lot of great points for me - the characters were interesting, the dialogue did not seem "comic-booky", the story was pretty compelling, and I didn't once look at my watch to see when it was ending.
Some things did bother me - I hate how they've had to recreate X-Men history of who the original team members were because the suits at the movie studio decided to completely mess up the first movie by putting a team together based on "Who are the popular characters with the kids?" instead of following comic book continuity. But, that is, admittedly, a nick-pick. The movie should be judged on its own merits, not on how closely it follows comic continuity.
This is the second Marvel movie in a row that I've really enjoyed (I also saw Thor on opening weekend and absolutely loved it, which is odd considering I don't like him as a character in the comics and had zero interest in seeing the movie, only going because my wife forced me - she does the advertising for Acura and they are a sponsor of the movie since they are the "official car" of S.H.I.E.L.D.). You've got to give this Summer's crop of Marvel movies some credit after the debacles that were Wolverine, Spider-Man 3, and the horrendous Fantastic Four films, not to mention Daredevil, Elektra... the list goes on.
Should I be optimistic about Captain America? I want to be, but the cynic in me says to continue to go in with low expectations so I'm not disappointed. Check back here later this Summer to find out my thoughts.
And go see X-Men: First Class. You won't be disappointed.