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*In a film based on a scenario that was originally roughly allegorical of the 60s civil rights movements in the US, the one black character of note dies a 3rd of the way through. Nice work, guys.

(I was going to put a picture of the cast here and ask "Guess who's going to die?", but it turns out Black Guy wasn't even important enough to put on the poster)

*Young professor X mainly uses his telepathy to seduce younger women. By knowing what drink they usually order. And possibly by convincing them that he looks just like James McAvoy.

*Magneto has an Irish accent at times for no apparent reason.

*Mutations (the super kind) are now either caused by nuclear radiation, or the villain Shaw just thinks they are. If the latter is the case, then there was at least one opportunity in the script for Xavier to prove himself clever by saying "Well, actually, that shows a profound misunderstanding of how this branch of genetics works...". And that opportunity was sadly missed.

*The central relationship in the film is the one between Magneto and X, which is probably as it should be. It's compelling enough an antagonism, even though there are a few clunkers dropped when Xavier briefly turns into Yoda. But it leaves a lot of the other stuff two dimensional – most notably the villain of the piece, Shaw, who really doesn’t seem to have any real motivation other than he is a villain. Having Magneto’s philosophy fed to him by someone so cacklingly dull as Shaw really undermines the credibility of his end point. Why couldn't Magneto be smart enough to come up with his own conclusions? Or at the very least base them on his view of Xavier's philosophy? No, he has to get them from the guy he spent his life trying to kill. He even kind of shrugs off this paradox at the end - you're right about everything, he says, but you did kill my mother so... - before finally exacting his vengeance.

Date: 2011-06-07 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebenj.livejournal.com
I found Darwin's death a little clunky (mostly because of the way the scene was framed as if he'd made some noble sacrifice, when in fact he just went down like a punk to no real effect), but the thing that bothered me more was that nothing at all was made of the fact that he was hanging around with a bunch of white folks.
I'd have been cool with them overlooking the racial thing because of their mutual exclusion if they'd made anything of it. Instead they just glossed over it entirely as if it were a total non-issue, which it just wouldn't have been.

Personally, I didn't find Shaw dull at all. His motivation seemed pretty plain to me: sweep away the human race to make way for mutantkind.

I vaguely recall Xavier also making a comment about radiation accelerating mutation, but neither claimed they were the cause, merely a catalyst.

I really enjoyed Charles' arc from dilettante to committed leader. It's kind of odd to think of him being this lothario, but it works well to show the effect that meeting these others (and, especially, discovering that there are SO MANY others, using Cerebro) and realising the scope of the responsibility he's taking on.

The Irish thing: Just an accent slip, I think. These things happen. That it didn't happen more is a testament to Fassbender's polylingual-ness.

Date: 2011-06-07 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddlesofun.livejournal.com
I think my problem with Shaw is that it muddies up what was a really poignant part of Magneto's origin. Suddenly, it was not nazis who tortured him and killed his mother, but another mutant. Not that he didn't still have reason to be angry at non-mutants, but I found that aspect of the story lost some resonance for me.

I agree with you on Charles, though.

Date: 2011-06-07 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddlesofun.livejournal.com
Actually I also like how well young Charles's character traits were tied to his powers - both his cockiness/confidence and his empathy seemed based in his knowing what was going on in people's heads around him.

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