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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.