A lazy treadmill of a sci-fi morality play that wastes a terrific cast. A numbingly dull game of mutant checkers that has no idea how to tell a woman’s story except filtered through the eyes of men.
About precisely nothing other than pure pulp comic-book soap-opera rigmarole, overshadowed by clichés, implausibilities, and missed opportunities.
With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart.
Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men, Captain America, etc. This is what 2011 looks like at the movies. In what way can it be construed that young men are “endangered” at the box office?
I must confess that the notion didn’t even cross my mind till Scott Weinberg put forth the suggestion at Movies.com…
Yes, the protagonist is a teenaged girl. Yes, there are two teenaged boys who divide her affections and attentions. Yes, there is a movie adaptation of the first book coming next year. But no, this ain’t another Twilight.
It’s now a tossup whether the best comic-book superhero movie of 2011 is X-Men: First Class or Captain America: First Avenger… But I’m leaning toward Captain America.
The answer interests me because there seems to be such a divide between the fictional world Mystique lives in and our own in how her appearacen is perceived…
How can Todd Phillips and Co. up the ante? Or — if Hangover II is anything to go by — perhaps they won’t. Should they just make the same movie over again, for a third time?
For the estimated $125 million that was spent to produce X-Men: First Class, for instance, we could have had two $62 million movies, or four $31 million movies. Would you prefer that?