I’ll start by saying I loved X-Men: First Class. It’s definitely as good (if not better) than the first two X-Men films. It’s certainly a lot more grown up!
I loved the characters, the acting, the storyline, the setting. What Christopher Nolan did with “Batman Begins” (A great movie that happened to include superheroes), is the same feeling I had with the latest X-Men film. Set back in the ’60s, it had a really similar flavor to the old, great James Bond films. Only with mutants. (Although Goldfinger would make a good mutie, wouldn’t he?)
That said, no movie is 100% perfect. And there were a few things about “X-Men: First Class” that annoyed me. [SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the film yet, then stop reading now.] Since everyone loves lists, I came up with the 10 Things That Pissed Me Off About “X-Men: First Class”…
Where the hell was Colossus?
How do you have a film where Russia plays a major role, and NOT include one of the most beloved X-Men of all time: Peter Rasputin, a.k.a. Colossus?!? Granted, if this film fits in perfectly with the other X-Men films, Peter shows up much later as a young kid. So he most likely wasn’t even born yet. Still, why not at least get the Rasputin name in there somehow?
Sebastian Shaw’s not a mutant!
I didn’t run out to the bathroom or grab an extra box of Sno-Caps in the middle of the movie. So how did I miss Nazi scientist Sebastian Shaw suddenly gaining mutant powers? Clearly he was experimenting on young Erik to unlock mutant powers, but that’s a big leap from seeing a mutant in action, to becoming one yourself. Not to mention that giving yourself mutant powers does not make you a mutant. You need to be born with it!
He’s cuttin’ it loose, a Footloose!
And speaking of Shaw… it was really hard to watch Kevin Bacon play a bad guy and NOT have the “Footloose” soundtrack running through my head every time he delivered a new bad guy line.
Angel’s a chick? With Wasp’s wings?
I wouldn’t mind so much that Angel was a woman. Her Wasp-like wings even looked pretty neat. I just don’t get why instead of a bio-sting, she basically barfed up some exploding venom. WTF was that all about? (After some digging, I just learned that Grant Morrison actually created this exact character in his New X-Men run) Regardless, what bugged me about this Angel is that we were already introduced to the winged Warren Worthington in X-Men 3. So why have another Angel? There’s so many other characters they could’ve chosen, even if they wanted to go with a female character. Polaris. Psylocke. Heck, even Boom Boom or Marrow would’ve been something new.
Why bother with Riptide?
While I never even heard of Azazel (that’s what I get from not reading X-Men comics religiously anymore), he at least looked cool and his obvious similarity to Nightcrawler makes sense. But Riptide? I never liked him in the comics, and in this movie, he looked insanely cheesy. A guy making tiny little tornadoes in his hands that grow and destroy things? I kept picturing the big blue Genie from Disney’s Aladdin every time those tiny twisters showed up in the palm of his hand.
Charles amnesia kiss with Moira Mactaggart
If anyone but Bryan Singer was involved in this movie (he has a story credit) , I probably wouldn’t have had a problem with this. But his obsessive love for the Richard Donner “Superman” films makes it pretty hard to believe that Charles’ amnesia-kiss with Moira wasn’t a complete tribute to the Superman/Lois Lane amnesia kiss from Superman II.
How can you have only one of the Summers’ brothers?
Trust me, I’m not complaining. I hate Cyclops as much as the next guy. But how can you have Alex Summers (clearly the crappier of the two) and not even mention his brother Scott? This is the one bigger flaw that doesn’t seem to connect with the later X-films. Wouldn’t Cyclops mention he has a brother with mutant powers?
I sat through the whole friggin’ credits for nothing!
I feel hornswaggled. I know it’s a completely different movie studio putting out the X-Men films than the other current Marvel films (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America), but comic fans have gotten spoiled waiting for the awesome teaser clips at the end of each movie. I certainly wasn’t the only one in the packed theater to wait through the entire credits, only to see a blank screen. A few dozen moviegoers joined in a perfect chorus of boos before filing out.
And that’s about it. Nitpicky on most of these? Maybe. But what pisses me off the most about “X-Men: First Class,” is that I couldn’t even come up with a list of 10 things that pissed me off…