June 4, 2011 4 Comments
Comic book publishers have been peddling film rights, desperately, to Hollywood these past couple years. So much so that the landscape of Summer Blockbusters have changed from cookie cutter comedies to men in spandex flicks. This Summer alone, I counted five comic book film adaptations. What’s even worse is that Hollywood is milking those franchises until blood comes out the teats.
Take the X-Men, for example. 20th Century Fox isn’t content with the original trilogy. So, now, they have a line of X-Men Origins film in the works, and another set of trilogy under the X-Men: First Class franchise. But I’m only explaining, not complaining. Because I’d watch a superhero flick rather than a comedy that involves cute and/or talking animals. Especially when that superhero flick has Emma Frost on it.
Although, I really thought I was done with the X-Men film franchise. Especially after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But when they announced First Class, and that Emma Frost will be one of the characters, my interest was piqued. I mean, it’s Emma Frost. The lingerie clad villain who was, to most nerdy boys, a gateway to pornography (maybe Wertham was right after all). So, today, I went out to catch the flick and hoped that it wasn’t like the last two X-Men movies.
Fortunately, it wasn’t bad at all. I loved how the film worked in the 60’s setting. The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, they used that as their background and gave us a spy thriller instead of a superhero film. At some point, it even felt like I was watching a Bond film (Sean Connery’s Bond films), only with super-powered mutants. Especially when Sebastian Shaw, the principal villain, got away in his secret submarine.
Speaking of Shaw, Kevin Bacon did a masterful job in playing him as a cocky, yet cool, megalomaniac. Then there’s January Jones who really captured the ice queen persona of Emma Frost. Fassbender and McAvoy also did pretty well. Fassbender especially who was speaking all sorts of languages. But it was Hugh Jackman who stole the show. I swear, people were laughing for about a minute (I was laughing for about 5 minutes) after his cameo.
X-Men: First Class isn’t faithful to the canon, however. I mean, Moira McTaggart as a CIA agent? Sebastian Shaw can absorb all kinds of energy now? So, you might want to skip this movie if you care about those things. But, if you understand that what works in the comics doesn’t always translate well into film, or if you consider the film as multiverse, then you go watch this movie because it’s fun, and it really ties well as a prequel to the first trilogy (the “frosting’s” good too).