02/06/2011

X Men: First Class


Whether a casual observer or avid superfan most would happily agree the most intriguing aspect of the X-Men universe is the relationship between Xavier (Professor X) and Erik (Magneto). After the unadulterated rubbish that was 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the powers that be are taking us back to the beginning to explore what made the leaders of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants frenemies in the first place.

Despite some dodgy time lines (Emma Frost and Storm were a children in XMO: Wolverine but while Emma Frost is grown up in this, Storm is still a child) the action is relocated to the 60s in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis which gives excellent baddie Sebastian Shaw (THE BACON) a tenuous hook on which to hinge his insatiable thirst for the world and not much else. He's the leader of the Hellfire Club whose members include Azazel, bad ass teleporting demon, and the aforementioned Frost whose only use is to occasionally become a diamond, wear next to nothing and get pregnant

But lets forget about the antagonists, the useless tacked on supporting characters (*cough* Angel *cough*), the slightly ropey effects and mildly unsuccessful sub-plot and focus on the crux of the film and its most successful component. Personally, I was always drawn to the X-Men comics and awesome 90s cartoon because it wasn't simply good vs evil facing off against each other but good and evil both fighting for social acceptance in their own way. Erik is Malcolm X to Xavier's Martin Luther King and their struggle is made even more intriguing by their differing attitudes toward achieving equality. Everyone knows Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellen are absolutely boss at everything they do but Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are equally awesome despite their interesting visual cues which are distractingly necessary in order to portray their insular powers. And since I mentioned Michael Fassbender, a man so unspeakably hot he gives horses a hard on, I think it's only fair to share a picture we can perv over:


You don't know how hard it was to not comment on his helmet. Oh, that reminds me, I have to make a few amendments to my superhero fuck-it list:

1) Chris Evans (Captain America/The Human Torch)
2) Michael Fassbender (Magneto)
3) Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
4) Tom Hardy (Bane)
5) Michael Keaton (Batman)
6) Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
7) Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)

Chris Evans was almost usurped until I saw this. But, erm, yeah...in hindsight, X-Men: First Class isn't as perfect as I was initially screaming from the rooftops but it is pretty fucking good. See it please.