X-Men First Class

While I am winging my way home over the Atlantic, I thought I would test out the travel to the future technology of my blog.

This is a small review of X-Men: First Class.

So…the first thing I’ve got to say is that the film isn’t as good as many of the critics have been saying. It’s not bad. However, like it’s predecessors, it’s really uneven.

Like a James Bond film, this film has very little to do with the X-Men movies that have gone before. The premise is that Charles Xavier (portrayed by James McAvoy with hair) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) meet up in the 60s. They decide to find and help young mutants. You can see where this is going. There is an opposing set of mutants (a sort of amalgam of the Hellfire Club and random mutants from nowhere.) who are the threat, and our mutants go out to fight them.

What is good? Even though the Mystique plot has absolutely nothing to do with the comics or the previous movies, it is an interesting study in being oneself, and is well acted. If young actress Jennifer Lawrence acts this well in The Hunger Games, I’m looking forward to her portrayal of Catniss Everdeen.

I should also say that I would totally stand in line to watch a movie called Magneto: Nazi Hunter. That part of the plot is flawless.

What is iffy? Besides the cheesy young X-Men interactions, I find the idea of Kevin Bacon’s plot a bit problematic, and I can’t tell you why without spoiling the movie. The portrayal of Emma Frost is sort of frivolous and doesn’t do the character justice. Why is Moira MacTaggart a CIA agent? Because, you know, she was a scientist. One and on.

What is weird? Get this. I am not a shipper or a slasher, and yet, I could see Xavier/Magneto slash fiction. There’s some pretty good subtext in there that would indicate more than meets the eye. Eyebrow raises, playful attitudes, double entendre, tender moments that could be read with that subtext.

I dunno. Been hanging out with fans too long, I guess. Don’t expect me to be writing any slash, but I just had to say I was tickled to see it.

I have no plans to see the new Green Lantern film, but I think I will see the new Captain America film that comes out over July 4th weekend. I hear it’s better than Thor. Well, we’ll see about that.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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