Just Watched: X-Men: First Class
I’ve been a fan of comics for a very long time despite not having read a lot of them (like many other fans have). When it comes to making a choice between DC Comics and Marvel Comics, I have always chosen the former while I do like Iron Man, which is my favourite Marvel character. Have never really been a fan of the X-Men as I never wanted to see a Marvel comic adaptation on the big screen. Honestly, the only reason I saw this film was January Jones, and the fact that the trailer actually seemed interesting. I didn’t have much expectations. I was in for a surprise, a pleasant one at that.
Not only was this film brilliant, but it also managed to generate an interest for the X-Men franchise in me. The performances were a very important reason for this. James McAvoy was brilliant as Charles Xavier (who later becomes Professor X). January Jones as Emma Frost was cold and menacing, just the way a femme fatale should be. Honestly, it was difficult to take my eyes off her. Strange how she managed to do this after having played the American housewife in Mad Men, a show which, like this film, is set in the 1960s. The transition from Betty Draper to Emma Frost is truly fascinating. Kevin Bacon as the Sebastian Shaw was charmingly evil in just the right amounts. Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne were adequate enough. Annabelle Wallis has a very small role, but I happened to remember her from somewhere. Turns out she was in some random Hindi film with Amitabh Bachchan. I didn’t even know her name till I looked her up because she seemed that familiar! Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn have uncredited cameos too. The star of the show, however, is Michael Fassbender, who is magnificent as Erik Lehnsherr, who later goes on to become Magneto. This man has a bright future and it I’m waiting to see how he progresses.
Matthew Vaughn has done a great job with this film and Henry Jackman’s background score is phenomenal, especially the wonderful Magneto theme. All this make the film entertaining and a delight to watch. Considering it managed to garner my interest in an entire franchise, it will rank high in my comic book adaptations list. The end result is, well, truly first class.
Personal Rating: 8.3/10
Jon Hamm as Superman. It’ll be fun to see whether Clark Kent can do a Don Draper, especially with Lois Lane. At least Superman doesn’t look gay, for once. Oh, well.
I always thought Jon Hamm would be the perfect Superman.
It’s that time of the year when people start making these so-called “resolutions” which seldom seem to stick for most people. Some are even calling it the end of the decade, which, technically speaking is quite incorrect. It’s not like we celebrated the end of the millennium when 2000 was getting over, did we? But then again, there’s no harm looking at 2011 as the beginning of a new decade. Giving things a fresh start always work, so yeah, go ahead; call it the end of the decade. Personally, I’d like to do the same thing, considering 2001 was where all the trouble started, and I won’t say that 2011 was a particularly fantastic year, both for me, and some of my closest friends.
I’m not going to deconstruct the makeshift “decade” in detail, because it is a rather stupid thing to do. While most of the decade was a drag, 2007 stands out as a year of pure, guilt-free fun; a year where everything was calm and no one was looking at the way you dealt with things, at least not everyone. I can do anything to get that back, anything. I almost succeeded over the last course of the last month till something rather dramatic happened, and that was followed by a rather tragic anti-climax a couple of weeks back. There’s always a horrible way for things to get worked out. You can’t blame me for feeling like Michael Bluth most of the time.
So here we are, on the threshold of a brand new journey, one which will be so crucial for most of us, that we will try our best to change ourselves to adapt to things. Sadly, we will end up opening a new can of worms effortlessly and unknowingly, because that’s what has always been happening; and whatever we do, we can’t change the fact that we are essentially continuing what people around us do. In all this, it isn’t wrong to forget the knots which you have tied in the past, because there’s no point going back to these things. Some knots are best tied, and if they have to be untied, they will, in due course. It doesn’t work if you keep thinking of it all the time.
I doubt if 2010 could have been worse than it was. But then again, can we be sure that the New Year will be better? Nobody can know for sure. The year’s most important lesson had to be something that Edward Abbey said years ago – “When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.” The funny thing is that I am not even remotely talking about dogs, but all that is a different story. 2011 will see a lot, but most of it will be in the head for everyone around and that’s what will make it worse for them. I’m not looking out for anyone. I’m just making an observation which can be taken with a pinch of salt.
So, here we go. Season’s greetings! Let your hair down over the next two days like there’s no tomorrow, because, as a certain Don Draper would say, there isn’t. Wow! Quite a few TV show/movie references here, as usual. I just can’t stop, now can I?
Happy New Year, or so I hope!