Thursday, July 14, 2011

X-Men First Class

Watched X-Men:First Class yesterday night. Absolutely loved it! The opening starts in a Nazi concentration camp, where a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) - Magneto tries to destroy a metal gate that’s separated him from his parents via the power of his mind. It attracts the attention of a sadist Dr. Schmidt /Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who shots Erik's poor mother in front of him to unleash the boy's powers using anger. It was such a heart-breaking scene!

Meanwhile, the scene changes to Charles (James McAvoy) starting as a child discovering Jennifer Lawrence (Shape-shifting Raven/Mystique) in his kitchen and realizing that he is not alone in this world as a mutant.

His designation as a professor in Oxford on the subject human mutation misled me into wondering what his special power was. It was mind reading!

The movie travels through Auschwitz, New York,England, Argentina, Las Vegas, Miami and Moscow. Feels like spinning on the globe of the world in history.Charles and Erik soon become part of the CIA mutant division and find themselves in the midst of the Cuban missile crisis. Traversing from World War II to the cold war - the show reveals a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon.

So in the midst of all these political landscape, Erik is scouring Argentina for Shaw to take his revenge. The scene where he uses his metal twisting power to force-pluck a metal filing tooth from the insider - I could literally feel the pain.

New CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) strips down to black, lacy nothings to go undercover and realizes the evidence of Mutants when Shaw is in his Vegas gentlemen's club with diamond-queen Emma Frost (January Jones) and trying to force Colonel Hendry to help with Shaw's Bay of Pigs scheme, showcases their powers.

After searching out numerous mutants, it was sad where Shaw appears and uses his "ability to absorb and re-use kinetic energy" to destroy one of the untrained mutants Edi Gathegi (Darwin Armondo). The helpless was such a sad feeling. So it was a joy when they were trained and they begin to realize that they have powers that could be controlled and they should be happy with who they are.

The recruitment and training sequences, unlocking of extraordinary potential through instinctive ingenuity - of the plasma-blasting Havok (Lucas Till); sonic screamer Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones); the adaptive Darwin (Edi Gathegi, too little seen); and big-footed Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) are particularly engaging!

For X-Men first class, it reminds me of how Xinjiang people who are labeled as a thief and pickpockets no matter where they are in China. It has been known for generations. And I heard they slit their wrist when they are caught and so police and many people do not dare to catch them but tries to avoid them. But perhaps they did it for livelihood because of the bad image imposed upon them? If they could be trained the right way... would there be a change?

In summary, I loved X-Men First Class. And the graphics were great!

Directed by Matthew Vaughn; written by Mr. Vaughn, Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman, based on a story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer and the Marvel Comics series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; director of photography, John Mathieson; edited by Lee Smith and Eddie Hamilton; music by Henry Jackman; production design by Chris Seagers; costumes by Sammy Sheldon; produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Gregory Goodman and Mr. Singer; released by 20th Century Fox. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes.

Nicholas Hoult (Hank/Beast)who plays a smart inventor also a mutant with a web feet (that allows him to hang around) - however he wants to be normal - and so injects himself with a potion ; eventually it incites his genetic formation and it transforms him into Beast - with great strength.

Zoe Kravitz (Angel Salvadore/Wings) who gets entice by the evil side and leaves them.

Jason Flemyng (Azazel)

Caleb Landry Jones (Cassidy/Banshee) who has the ability to fly high and fast! The training for him was really funny!

Alex Gonzalez (Janos Questad/Riptide) who can garner twirl winds.

If you have not caught the show, go and catch it! :)

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