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06 June 2011 @ 09:36 pm

I can’t help it. I just think Green Lantern looks like a great big shiny CGI flop. Maybe I’m wrong–probably I’m wrong–but that’s what I see when I watch the trailers.

We went to Pirates and to X-Men this weekend. By half an hour in I already thought Pirates was too long. It had its moments of charm, of course, but it could easily have been 45 minutes shorter.

X-Men, which I went in mildly indifferent to and Ted went in already hating, was quite delightful. Ted, afterward, muttered, “Dammit, I liked it.” :) A few comments and minor spoilers behind the cut…

First off, there’s a bit at the end where Magneto completely loses control of his accent. The first time I saw it I thought “Scottish?” and the second time “Northern Irish?” Turns out the guy’s Mom is from the North and his Dad is German, and he was raised in County Kerry. The German perhaps explains the almost-flawlessly-neutral Britishish accent he maintained through most of the film, but the North certainly explains the completely bolluxed lines. Now, why they didn’t redub them, that I don’t know, but it’s not the point, either. Anyway, besides that slip which caught me, mostly I thought: Damn. I can totally see this being the young man who grew into Ian McKellan’s Magneto. May I say again: Damn!

Emma Frost was very poorly cast. She had neither the physical beauty nor the emotional–dare I say psychic?–presence necessary for that character. She was just a dumb pretty blonde in white, which, meh.

But my only real complaint is that after seeing it twice, I’m pretty disappointed with how they did Hank. I mean, he was fine. The feet were great. Shoulda been his hands too, but nevermind that. I didn’t like him being all speedy instead of super strong, but they’d cast a (very cute) pencil-neck geek as Mrs. McCoy’s bouncing baby boy, and…well. Me, I wanted to see Hank McCoy, high school football hero, fast talker, walking dictionary, charming beyond his considerable words, and convinced his brains were a God-given gift and that his physique was his mutation. I got a cute pencil-neck geek instead. I also actively disliked the Beast version of him. I’d disliked the Kelsey Grammer Beast until I saw this one, basically, and now I wish they’d gone the Grammer route. So again meh, although he was *much better* than Emma, just not what I really wanted.

There were a bunch of good funny bits, but they get into proper spoiler stuff, so I’ll avoid them. Besides, if you’ve seen it you already know the very best funny bit, and if you don’t know which bit I’m talking about our senses of humor are clearly very very different. :)

In other news, Fred is blowing my socks off with ElectriCity stuff and my revisions are going stupendously well. Possibly so well that tomorrow I’ll actually be able to respond to the ElectriCity stuff. :) Also, I need to send out “Falling”, the next Old Races story, and…do several hundred thousand other things. But now I’m going to bed. G’night. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Alix (Tersa): Xmen - Cyclops (after-four-days)tersa on June 6th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Besides, if you’ve seen it you already know the very best funny bit, and if you don’t know which bit I’m talking about our senses of humor are clearly very very different. :)

I don't know if this counts as a funny bit, but there's a scene involving Charles, Erik, and a cigar that had me LMAO and was, by far, my favorite funny moment.

Second was Mystique in a few years.

You remind me I should make my movie post. :)

(Hey, I can pull out the James Marsden you're a hottie icon!)

kit: xmen_hadmefromhellomizkit on June 6th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
That would be the funniest bit, all right. :)

<3 hottie Cyclops!
Alix (Tersa): Xmen - Cyclops (after-four-days)tersa on June 6th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I guess our senses of humor aren't that far off then. :)

I really enjoyed Charles's pick-up line and the cracks about losing his hair. And the chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbinder was terrific. They pretty much made the movie for me.
kitmizkit on June 7th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Charles's pickup line was hysterical, especially the second time around. :) Me, I'd have left the cracks about the hair to the "Don't touch my hair" bit, but they didn't ask me for some reason. :) And yeah, the relationship was *perfect*. They kinda broke my heart. Yay!
pgwfolcpgwfolc on June 7th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Yes, that was well done. Throughout the film. True bromance.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 7th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
I spent the quiet bits of Pirates listing in my head all the actresses who would have been convincing in the Penelope Cruz part. She was wooden. Top pick for her replacement was the wonderful Michelle Yeoh.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on June 7th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
That was a good movie. And yes, that one bit (and no, I didn't have to ask which one) was definitely the gem of the whole thing.

I'm confused, though, about whether this Magneto is supposed to grow up to be McKellan's. I'd heard this movie was supposed to reboot the franchise, that they were (as they're in the process of doing with Spidey) starting fresh, throwing out the old continuity. There are indications of that, like young Storm or the presence of Alex Summers (and the absence of his brother). But then, the opening scene is taken right from the opening of the first X-Men movie. And there is that certain cameo.

I don't mind Beast starting off as a pencil-necked geek, and certainly youthful desire to "cure" his appearance (and thus the deep sense of shame which drives that) is within canon (unlike whatever they did to Angel and Moira). But yes, I preferred Kelsey Grammer's cultured tones and sense of fun. (Though I didn't think much of that movie as a whole, and Beast's in-battle line, cut off with "Oh, you get the point" seemed a bit of a slap in the face.)

Got mixed feelings about their playing with history, but I think, overall, they did a good job of it. And it is true to the older comics.

I do like what they did with Raven, even if that's a complete departure from her established history elsewhere.

All in all... good movie.

Glad to hear ElecriCity is coming along so well. Looking forward to hearing more when you're ready. :)

Speaking of which... I expect I'm somewhere on that list of several hundred thousand things. I will not be at all miffed or concerned if I'm relatively low on that list. No rush here. :)
rasmusbrasmusb on June 10th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Pirates (spoilerish)
As i must have missed something I'm hoping a wonderful author will have caught the plot drift.

Did the the holy guy die/drown or did the Mermaid do her thing & let him breathe? Or did they go all the way to door #3 and it was the dragged to the deeps to breed & die?

That plot tangent really bugged me at the end of the movie. I just go to the Pirates movies not expecting much -- just to watch Jack do his thing -- who needs a coherent plot & supporting actors? :D

As to X-Men -- as I'm not a comic follower -- so I really enjoyed it as I had no history to counter. Loved the cameos and the humor. Although I am also in the "wth" January Jones thing -- then again I didn't like her in MadMen either.
kitmizkit on June 11th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Pirates (spoilerish)
I *assume* she can do some magic thing to him to allow him to live under da sea, but in fact, it was never explained in the movie except her throwaway line something like "We don't necessarily drown them" along with her whole "But you're different" speech. So I dunno. :)