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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).
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.