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X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 5/3/2012 9:19:17 AM   
QWERTY64

 

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In order to achieve a pass grade for English Language coursework, I have to submit my work to a wider audience, and record any praise/critiques I recieve, adding the comments onto a later commentary. I have chosen to write a review for X-Men: First Class, and I really need help. Please review MY review, and give any possible feedback.

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When a movie franchise says ¡®prequel¡¯, critics usually prepare for the worst. And as movie history has taught us, it¡¯s one hell of a mixture to get perfect; in both canon senses and logical senses, one false move can spell disaster. So does revitalising such a colossal film series prove successful? I¡¯d be lying if I said no. Perhaps giving Wolverine the boot was something that should have been done earlier. However you look at it, Matthew Vaughn has gone back to the basics, injecting a dark plot-boost that would make the original comics proud.

With the bulk of the plot set in the 1960s, when America and the U.S.S.R were at loggerheads in the Cold War, we see how our main rivals were actually friends, working together to fight a common (yet lacking in German accent) evil. It serves to explain the origins of the X-Men, as to how they met, and how they divided. While chaotic and scatter-brained at parts ¨Cyou¡¯ll be forgiven if you leave the cinema still scratching your head- it¡¯s relatively manageable. And with enough action and drama to satisfy the most discerning of people, it can be a blast to watch.

Taking a few decade-long steps back from where the franchise usually roams, the opening sequence leaves a sense of d¨¦j¨¤ vu as the familiar metal gates of the first X-Men movie are left in a state of warped torsion by young Erik Lehnsherr, the innocent boy who watched his mother being torn away by Nazi guards. Interest is piqued, and Erik undergoes further trauma, under the curious gaze of a mysterious Nazi official (Kevin Bacon) who wants to harness this ability. Years of torture fly by, and with blood boiling and a thirst for revenge, older Erik (who Michael Fassbender plays with startling finesse) prowls around banks and bars to track down his man. Well, you didn¡¯t expect him to be frolicking amongst the daisies, did you? Fassbender¡¯s German growling is clearly an A+, which almost makes us forget just how un-German Bacon¡¯s sinister Sebastian Shaw is. Tarantino has clearly schooled him well from his previous role in Inglourious Basterds. But we don¡¯t just see the hate directed towards Shaw; Erik has a lot of self-hatred too, perhaps at the fact he couldn¡¯t do more to save those he was forced to kill, or more to save himself from Nazi clutches.

As for Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), we see him enjoying the high, non-bald life as a university brainiac, grabbing the ladies with comments on their heterochromia -maybe the blokes down at the pub could learn something from him- as a disapproving Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), who he has cared for from a young age, tries to confront his conflicting feelings on mutant exposure. As a, academic specialising in genetics, he tries to promote the idea of mutations as a good thing¡­yet he won¡¯t let Raven display her shape-shifting techniques. Obviously, she¡¯s going to be a little peeved. McAvoy is spot-on when acting as Xavier, not too snobbish and cold, and not too out-of-character.

Both Xavier and Lehnsherr are recruited by the CIA, following Shaw¡¯s latest world domination scheme, centred on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even if they share the same objective, they are two sides of the same coin, and don¡¯t always see eye-to-eye. Xavier¡¯s compassion and Lehnsherr¡¯s ruthlessness can place them at odd ends, but breeds a rather strange ¡®bromance¡¯ between the two, and sets them up as quite the formidable duo. Nevertheless, they must team up and recruit more ¡®talented¡¯ individuals, one or two which people may recognise. And even if you don¡¯t, the movie is quick to run through names and other basic pleasantries.

But then, that can also be considered as one of the film¡¯s main criticisms. There is a heck of a lot of people to try and follow, so it isn¡¯t hard to lose a little focus. Between the good guys and the bad guys, that¡¯s a lot of people. Chaos is quite imminent. And even then, the film can seem rather dragging, especially concerning the training procedures that the apprentice mutants undergo. Of course, the humour makes it fun enough to sit through.

But Fassbender is definitely the one to watch this movie for. Seething with rage, torn apart by internal conflict, determined to get revenge and superiority, his portrayal of Erik, and later as Magneto, is simply marvellous. Especially during his hunt for Shaw, where we see all kinds of emotion emanating from him; from twisted humour in a brawl in the South American bars, to the sadism expressed in a cringe-worthy filling extraction from a banker, he is the man to watch out for. However, McAvoy isn¡¯t an actor to be ignored. His role is played with such confidence; it wouldn¡¯t be hard to actually see him as the Professor himself. McAvoy¡¯s gentler performance calms the boiling fury that Fassbender emanates, and makes the whole experience easier to watch. Though tears are to be expected when their conflicting ideals collide for the final time.

FINAL VERDICT: This is one film that should not be missed. While there are more characters than you can shake a stick at, the dark plot is enough to tide you over. And with enough action and drama to keep you gripped to the seat, you won¡¯t try and fight against it. Take a few tissues with you too. ¡î¡î¡î¡î 4 STARS

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Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!
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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 5/3/2012 8:56:07 PM   
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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 6/3/2012 3:09:40 AM   
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This will probably get locked, but you could try posting your review in the main reviews thread (HERE), or perhaps in the X-Men First Class Favourite Films thread (HERE).

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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 9/3/2012 5:20:33 PM   
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I read it and I'd give it a G+ sorry.

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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 9/3/2012 5:35:28 PM   
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Good write-up,its just in the wrong place.


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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 9/3/2012 7:12:57 PM   
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RE: X-Men: First Class (Coursework) - 10/3/2012 9:17:15 PM   
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You'd have been better off just writing the review and not mentioning homework - irrespective, reviews go in the existing thread a link for which has been kindly provided above. 

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