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Finally saw X-Men

I liked it. Sometimes I thought it was a bit schmaltzy. The end was lovely. I will probably read the stories that appear on my flist, but doubt that I will write any possibly because I am ever so slightly obsessed with Sherlock and hoping that a bunny or six will bite me. Not that I have fallen asleep to Sherlock at any point in the past two nights. Anyway, where was I? X-men, right.



I think the metaphor of mutation and social prejudice is very well-done. It felt nuanced, and particularly relevant to being queer. (This is why it bothered me a bit that they didn't just go there already with Charles and Erik.) The Raven/Hank and Raven/Erik scenes broke my heart because I have felt that way before - stuck between being who you are, which you know isn't shameful, and hiding it because you know other people may not accept it. Also, the moment when Raven confronts Erik about how he doesn't have to hide resonated with me as a bisexual person who gets the privilege of "passing" in a society that does not fully accept queer people.

My other favorite thing about the film was the absence of clear villains. Well, it's obvious that the Nazi guy was evil, but Erik and Raven both have good, human reasons for making the choices that they do. Their decision is even well-supported by factual evidence around them. It reminds me how much courage it takes to believe in a better world in spite of the prejudices set against you. I didn't totally love Charles' character in the film, but I do admire that he stuck to his ideals.

Of course, one might think that a film whose basic point is about prejudice might contain, I dunno, characters of color or something. How sad and predictable that Darwin died within ten minutes of our meeting him, especially when he seemed like a much more interesting character than some of the people who survived him. Nor could I fully suppress my feminist rage when Raven was about to help Erik, and Charles was basically like, "let the boys handle it." I liked Angel a lot and immediately gravitated toward her as a character I might like to write about, especially in her capacity as a sex worker, but why must the most sexual woman also be the one that immediately turns evil? I don't feel as interested in writing about her now. Though I'm glad they acknowledged the sexism Moira would have faced in the CIA, I wish they had done a bit more with it. Were they really playing it for a joke at the end?

And good god I'm glad Jennifer Lawrence has a few curves! Way to parade around half-naked, emaciated bodies! I'm not sure ribs are quite as sexy as Hollywood producers seem to think they are. But I did think Jennifer Lawrence was beautiful, and I enjoyed the character she brought to her work. I felt like her mannerisms and body language conveyed who Raven was, even when the lines did not. I would be interested in a sequel if it could flesh out the other kids' characters a little more, Havoc in particular. Screaming boy is not very interesting. And I would love if any scene between two women got as much development as the scenes between Charles and Erik (which I fully admit were excellent).
I liked Darwin too! And there were some lovely little small Darwin/Havok moments in there! (Like, touching and looks, somebody vidded it, I can give you the link if you care.) The fail of killing him off BURNZ! Also the way Shaw is all "slavery!!" and who do we cut to???? (answer; only black dude in entire movie! that has a named role)

I totally didn't need Banshee. Mostly my reaction to him consisted of wondering what the hell Ron Weasly was doing in this movie.

I really liked Raven's storyline and I think it came across well.

I also think that with while they could have done a better job on some of the priviledge stuff, they did convey the way it worked in the 60s relatively well, they just kind of fucked of pointing out on the meta level that we should know better that that knowadays.
I think somebody did say that Moira's story kind of died on the cutting room floor. And I can kind of see how there might have been more to it, but that they condensed everything down to the main storyline and doing more on the Moira - CIA front would have not had any of the other main characters in it.
Somebody pointed out that Moira in the comics was a geneticist and a friend of Charles. I kind of like the idea of her quitting the CIA, studying up (getting a PHD and everything) and eventually reconneting with the mutants at Charles place and being a valuable asset/friend.

I totally sympathised with Angel for going with Shaw. I think she wasn't so much going with him as quitting the CIA. Some people have said that they don't get why she still leaves ater Shaw just killed one of her new friends, but in that case I'd say that first of all those friends just disrespected her choice and also, I wouldn't want to be the one to tell the hardcore killer that "ehm, changed my mind, can I maybe stay?" in that situation.
I hope she gets to be happy with Erik and Mystique!

They SHOULD have gone there with the Charles/Erik. It's so painfully obvious already, but of course so many mainstream people still get angry at the suggestion that it is so, so some actual commitment that even the dumbest people couldn't miss and that genrally an actual honest commitment would have been very nice!
I would be curious to see an Moira scenes that are cut. I can see where it would have been hard to work them into the main story arc, but maybe that could be a promising space for fanfiction to explore too.

And yeah, I do understand why Angel chose to go with Shaw, and what she said about the way the CIA people stared at her vs. the way her customers stared at her really resonated. I just hate the trope that the most overtly sexual female characters are also the "bad" ones. I do think that villains who really believe what they're fighting for are interesting though, so perhaps there are some good stories about her out there somewhere.
I'd like to go see it alone, b/c I'm dorky like that, but my schedule is such that I won't ever be able to make those precious matinees during the week, so. We'll see. I'm glad you found so much that you liked -- that's encouraging.

I've been pondering whether I should attempt Sherlock fic, and thus far I've been happy with what others have written. I have been turning this plot bunny over in my head though:

Molly, Lestrade, Sherlock and John are all in the autopsy room when a cadaver releases some nasty infections airborne something that leads to quarantining the lab (You can tell from my high-tech lingo that I know lots about medicine). Anyway, Molly and John get to exercise their bamf-ness and take charge of the situation.

The problem is it would require me to know things about airborne infectious diseases or toxins or whatever and I don't, but I do so like opportunities for John to do what he does best, and I would LOVE to see Molly shine in a way she wasn't permitted to in the series.
I went to see it alone too! Secretly, I was pleased that my boyfriend was out of town and could not see it with me. These days seeing geeky movies is sort of like going shopping for new fandoms and characters, and that activity is best performed alone, I think.

I really, really like your Sherlock bunny! I would particularly like to see a BAMF!John, and I love stories where Molly gets some depth and detail. I'll bet you could pull it off. I think the secret would be to find someone on your flist with a bit of medical knowledge to help you fill in the blanks. This is what I did when I needed to write about some ST characters having traumatic injuries and I needed to know how a real medical team would react. Better yet, you could just steal something from an episode of House. They've had at least one quarantined-in-the-lab episode that I know of. Anyway, you are writing for a non-medical audience too; I suspect most people would be in it for seeing the characters react to the situation, not analyzing the medical situation itself.

I want some Sherlock bunnies of my own because I am totally in love with it right now, and I want to ride that feeling. On the other hand, I am pretty absorbed in my ST big bang, and I like the Gaila/Spock story too, and I don't want to get distracted from them. None of which has stopped me from watching several comms and newsletters for prompts and exchanges and commentfic and such.
when it comes to angel, at first i was pissed and then after i thought about it for a minute i thought her turning to the "dark" side made a lot of sense. the people who go with shaw (and then magneto) are all the ones who have been marginalised: mystique, the red guy, the hispanic guy, and angel, who is clearly tired of being stared at and exploited by men.

as for mystique, i found it very odd that charles (who seemed otherwise to be relative non-sexist for his time, albeit calling moira "love" and so forth) talked down to mystique so much. they mention that she ages slower than other people, and although she must be within a couple of years of charles' age, she appears to be about 16 or 17. is she really less mature? or is this just because charles babies her and acts as authority figure over her? he doesn't even let her drink at the beginning of the movie. weird. anyway, raven was fucking awesome and i really want loads of fic where she and charles bro around. charles would be a lot less pompous if she'd stuck around to take him down a peg now and then.
Yeah, now that you mention it, Charles' treatment of Raven didn't totally make sense. I read her as a teenager, although I was initially confused since she looked the same age as him when they met. Her behavior in the rest of the film made her seem like she was 17 though. Charles' behavior makes more sense if he thinks of her as a little sister though.