Uh, you need to see this movie. Like now. Actually more like yesterday.
I’m a fan of most comic book movies anyway, but the X-Men movies are among my favorites. And this is hands down my favorite of the X-Men movies. It was awesome. It’s a prequel to the rest of the movies, filling in those of us who haven’t read the comics on exactly what happened between Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) to put them on opposite sides. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have really good chemistry as two people with different approaches to the same issue – I’ll be honest, I really wanted them to make out a couple times, especially when Charles is helping Erik focus his abilities to move a satellite dish. He totally should have gone for it.
ETA: Haha, apparently, James McAvoy agrees with me: “It is a little bit of a mini-tragedy that him and Magneto don’t, you know, have sex and become married and become best friends.” [source]
The supporting cast are (mostly) good, too – Kevin Bacon is definitely ominous as the villain and the team of mutants that Charles and Erik assemble are all likable. The one weak spot is, unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique. I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone, but everything I heard about her was good. Alas, she is…not good here. I don’t know if it was the part or the writing, but given the quality of the rest of the film, I’m inclined to think that it’s her. This does not bode well for the Hunger Games movies…
The only problem (and it’s not a problem – it’s just that I’m not sure it was intended) is that the movie makes Magneto a lot more sympathetic than Professor X – he has good reason to be distrustful of non-mutants and, although he may not use the most ideal methods to get his results, you can definitely see his point. And Professor X is a little insufferable – so optimistic and smooth and a little self-righteous despite not always using his own abilities for solely virtuous purposes.
Plus, come on, Magneto pulls a submarine out of the ocean. How cool is that?!
Summer blockbuster tally = 10-1-0
Holy cats, it was hilarious. Kristen Wiig is funny, Melissa McCarthy steals the show, and I honestly haven’t laughed this hard at a movie in a loooooong time.
See it now!
Summer blockbuster tally = 1-1-0
It was enjoyable – Thor is likable, Natalie Portman is likable, Kat Dennings is her normal sarcastic self, Loki is likable despite being an obvious baddie, Thor’s buddies are likable, and there are more than a few good laughs to be had, but basically the whole movie felt like setup to me.
There are lost of “exciting” battle scenes and big fights, but I felt slightly bored the whole time and I think a lot of it is because we flip back and forth between Thor’s meeting with Jane (Natalie Portman) here on Earth and the drama going on back in Asgard (both before and after his banishment). I spent the whole time going ‘Man, if Ken doesn’t get through this setup soon, this is going to be the world’s longest movie!’ but instead of really getting going once everyone’s motivation and situation had been established, it just stopped.
So go see it in preparation for The Avengers and in case they decide to do another Thor film, but that’s really what it is – establishing his character and his supporting characters for whatever the next movie is going to be.
You know what? It’s my blog and I’m starting my Summer Blockbuster tally now even though it’s still early May.
Summer blockbuster tally: 0-1-0
…and I use that term loosely, but since it’s technically still summer, there you go.
Really, really quite good! Much more clever than I was expecting, but it really was a witty, insightful teenaged movie. I really like Emma Stone, but this movie also has Amanda Bynes (no idea why I like her, but I do), Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, and Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Emma Stone’s delightfully loopy but loving parents – so there’s someone for everyone! Oh, and the kid from Cougartown whose name I can never remember.
And I only have 7 minutes until NEW TELEVISION, so…you should go see Easy A! How’s that for a concise review? 😉
FINAL summer blockbuster tally = 5,012-1-0
I think that must be the most successful summer movie season yet!
No, seriously. When I went to buy my ticket, I honestly had to ask Liz what the name of the movie we were seeing was…again! Which is strange because it was actually a really cute, sweet, funny movie! I guess there’s not much to it – boy meets girl, girl moves back to the opposite coast, boy and girl attempt to make a long-distance relationship work – but I like Justin Long and I like Drew Barrymore and they’re really cute together and Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan steal their few scenes as Drew Barrymore’s sister and brother-in-law.
And that’s really all I have to say – besides, I’m trying to rush through one more before…NEW TELEVISION STARTS! 😀
Summer blockbuster tally = 5,011-1-0
…and then I saw Dinner for Schmucks! Which was actually a lot funnier than I thought it was going to be – I thought it looked fun from the previews, but good old Entertainment Weekly didn’t exactly rave about it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was really funny!
Apparently it’s a remake of a French film called Le Diner de Cons (which the director of the remake apparently called very nearly perfect) and I think it would be really interesting to compare the two – I wonder how much of the humor they had to change to suit an American audience or if comedy translates easily (though the French love Jerry Lewis, right? So….). I think I read that they tried to make the two main characters more likable than they were in the original and by casting Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell, they’ve really done a lot right there to help with that. With the trend of the R-rated comedies lately, I was surprised that this one didn’t rely on gross-out humor (like I Love You, Man tended to) and it was actually ended quite sweetly! I mean that as a compliment, if you weren’t sure.
I only wish there’d been more of Kristen Schaal (Mel from Flight of the Conchords) who played Paul Rudd’s assistant – oh, and speaking of Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement is here! And hilarious as a very self-involved artist. Hilarious!
Summer blockbuster tally: 5,010-1-0
p.s. – Also hilarious was the guy sitting in our row who laughed uproariously at the tiniest thing! And I’m not talking chuckles, I mean, full-on guffawing belly laughs – I think he may have slapped his knees at some point.
…I’m going to send you to see Rachel instead. Just substitute ‘Liz and Rachel’ any time you see ‘Liz and Anne’ and you’ll be just fine. I’m with you, Rachel – I was laughing so hard at the lion/tuna argument, but I seriously think we were the only ones in the theater who were!
Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen this movie, you HAVE to for that exchange alone. I mean, it’s also a very funny movie, that even if it had just been an hour and a half of static after that point, it still would have been a hilarious movie.
Summer blockbuster tally = 5,009-1-0