In short, oh yes. I have always been fond of the X-Men franchise; this was probably at least somewhat due to my crush on Bobby (Shawn Ashmore) and my ladycrush on Rogue (Anna Paquin) back in the day (this also could account for why I didn’t like the third one as much, the fail of them within). This is also because I am kind of a weird sucker for superhero movies that aren’t excessively idiotic, and I will give them all at least a try. And I like ensembles of weirdos, so.
Because of this, and because I love the 1960s so hard it hurts, and because I love James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and also Rose Byrne when she’s not being stupid, I was pretty excited for First Class. And I was not let down, man oh man.
So, some thoughts that range from abstract to somewhat clear:
- James. McAvoy. Oh, yeah. Bluuuue eyes, that cute sorta cocky but not douchey thing he had going at first.
- Michael Fassbender. Dammit, I felt so weird thinking Magneto was kinda sexy, but I did. He was all badass. He was all speaking like a billion languages, which is a total turn-on.
- And I was pleasantly surprised by Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Pre-bluification, oh man, my type much? Glasses? Nerdbabbling? Sciencebabbling? Intelligence and a random aptitude for piloting? Sweatervests?
- McAvoy and Fassbender’s Charles and Erik had such a freakin’ epic bromance going.
- And McAvoy and Rose Byrne’s Moira (a character who was Olivia Williams in X3, so automatically I was sort of rooting for her – also, brainy women? Yes please) had amazing freakin’ chemistry. I was just sitting there the entire time going shipshipshipshipship.
- Hugh Jackman’s little pissy-ass Logan cameo was happy-making.
- Hey, the plot was super great.
- Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, for example) doesn’t fail. I’m adding him to my list of failsafe directors now.
- It was the sixties. That meant clothes, that meant styles, that meant vibe, that meant yes.
- I’m a sucker for origin stories, so I loved seeing all the kids sitting around coming up with their codenames. Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven/Mystique was so adorable when she was all “And you should be… Magneto! “
- …lol, apparently Professor X’s brain is a remote wipe device. I am fully aware that was possibly the dorkiest sentence this blog has ever contained.
- Surprisingly, I didn’t want to punch January Jones’ Emma too too much. I mean, yes, she was an evil bitch, and all icy-cold diamondy, but — she was supposed to be, she filled her purpose. And she is good at being eye candy, which she got to do a lot of. I had to tell my mom afterwards just to ignore the appearance of Kayla Silverfox’s sister!Emma in Wolverine, because, uhm, fail, completely not canon-appropriate. Better just to not pay attention and go with crazy bitch January Jones in the 1960s.
- And Kevin Bacon makes a good creeper. After this and Super, I’m beginning to think that should just be his thing.
–your fangirl heroine.