You have got to be kidding me.
No memorable jokes?
Magneto: "Maybe when you're older."Mystique: "How about now?"
That was absolutely classic. And passionless? Did we watch different movies? This is Kevin Bacon's most nuanced acting in a long time. And James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender turn in absolutely stellar performances, especially any scene they're in together.
Also, I'd love to hear what your definition of a "striking image" is.
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Also, you totally missed the point with the "enslaved" comment. It wasn't just "somebody" who said that, it was the main antagonist of the movie, Sebastian Shaw. When Shaw (Bacon's character) said "enslaved" he looked directly at Darwin (the "black guy" you so offhandedly mentioned). There's a lot of nuance there, just as there's a lot of nuance in the scene between Magneto and the two German officers. Shaw (Bacon's character...just helping you keep things straight) is fully capable of using emotional manipulation to get people to do what he wants. When the movie is taking place, civil rights is still a HUGE issue. So naturally, he would look to "the black guy" and the "hispanic girl" as sympathizers - they are the most obvious targets for his attempt at persuasion. They would know exactly what it's like to be hated for no rational reason, and Shaw being a reasonably intelligent person would pick up on that. Also, given the fact that his two main sidekicks are an Asian-looking badass and a red guy that can teleport, I'm pretty sure that racism was not in the character design.
Also, in an aside, the entire tone of that comment tells me that you must be white. As an intelligent black person, I'm more than capable of deciding what offends me on my own, thanks.
Lastly, identifying the relationship between Erik and Charles as "bromantic" is hilariously inerudite. You may have missed it while texting or stepping out to use the bathroom, but Erik makes it clear to Charles a few times that their relationship is a friendship of convenience, and on at least two occasions their methods clearly show their differences (when they catch up with Emma Frost, for example).
As a Youth Worker with 74 black kids at the centre I work at, we watched "Worst Class - First Pass" on DVD and they thought it was total CRAP. They obviously are far more intelligent than you'll ever be.
You're also quite presumptuous to assume I must be white. LOL, so if someone doesn't like this movie they must be white. I know what it's like to be marginalized and in a minority situation so get off your high horse.
Fox Abattoirs does NOT know how to adapt Marvel characters in a true, faithful or genuine manner. At best they are counterfeit films not worthy of bearing the Marvel name.
A lot of the kids I work with have X-Men comic books. I have shared my 5000 + collection with them and they know the difference between the ORIGINAL and something that calls itself an "alternate", a "re-imagining" or a "what if" version that bears no resemblance to the MARVEL books.
MARVEL STUDIOS would have done a much better job, paying tribute and honor to the popular and originally published "First Class".
Whats funny is that I Googled you, and you ARE white, which kindof exposes your fake outrage for what it is, since I was completely correct. Also, in an unsurprising move, you totally skipped over where I qualified that remark by saying " the entire tone of that comment", referring specifically to you missing the point on why Shaw looked at Darwin specifically when making his point. Given the reaction to your review, and the nearly universal acclaim from both critics and fans on this film, it seems like any rational person would just admit that maybe they missed something about the film and move on. Not so, in your case.
Also, since we're knee-deep in ad hominem attacks, I've read some of your other reviews (specifically, Another Earth and Captain America: The First Avenger) and if I'm being perfectly honest it seems like you just bash popular films to get more pageviews and comments. I agree with the commenter who said you seem like the quintessential failed writer/director who couldn't manage to pull a career together, so now you just pass lazy judgement on people that actually could.
Also, it's kindof funny that you base intelligence on whether or not people agree with you. Typical, sad to say.
I should have realized from the stance of your review exactly why you wouldn't like X-Men: First Class (which is the actual title of the film, you'll find). You seem to miss a lot of nuance and skip over details, which this movie had quite a bit of. Ditto Another Earth, actually.
Talk about high horses - I slog through what Marvel calls "continuity" and to be honest the level of handwaving and retconning in modern comics is jaw-dropping. At least the films are internally consistent. How's that Xorn plot thread working out for you? Though, I'm sure your young students are not at all biased by your obviously biased opinion. Not at all.
I'll give you the last word (since I know no matter how many comments I make, you'll take it anyway) but I'll leave you with two things - firstly, the suggestion to go watch (or re-watch) Ratatouille, specifically Anton Ego's review near the end. Secondly:
"By the way, what have you done that’s so great?Do you create anything, or just criticize other's work and belittle their motivations?”
This anthony guy is a dick. Just watched First Class and that mvie is flawed in so many ways. Accusing someone of writing negative reviews to go against the mainstream is such a ridiculous claim. We need people to express differring opinions... So people like me who googled january jones is terrible in xmen can find something to read instad of just fluff. The women are terrible in this film. And seriously, it ends wth professor x repeating 3 times, " i can't feel my legs.". So many cheesy jokes playing on our knowledge of future events.
Yeah okay whatever. You can play the race card all you like. I don't know who you googled but the fact is you don't know my heritage and certainly not my blood line.
Being indigenous in Australia is more than just race and skin color. Many lighter skinned persons in Australia can claim their aboriginality back to a grand-parent or great grand-parent.
But more importantly and this is something a lot of white Australians and including yourself Anthony don't understand either through ignorance and lack of education is that being Black or Aboriginal is about place, meaning and acceptance within your community.
In terms of my opinions of "First Class" whether I'm Black or White is totally irrelevant. I don't get your obsession or the need to even bring it up. I simply did not like "First Class" and am not interested in going over details.
To be fair the best acting was from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, but other than that and again IMHO I just could not relate to it as a bona fide X-Men movie.
Maybe I'm being old school and extremely stubborn, because I love to use my comic book collection as a bench mark to measure these films by.
I don't know what "Another Earth" is and I actually didn't mind Captain America: The First Avenger.
You've asked what I have done? Well lots of things - a good part of the 80's & 90's working as a sound mixer / recording engineer on records you may or may not have heard of.
Up until a two years ago on various TV shows in the Camera Dept and on various Films in the Camera Dept and I'm pretty sure you would have seen at least one of the films I worked on. It was very successful in America.