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  • Monday Movie: X-Men: First Class

    My friends Ruth and Kaye and I have made it a bit of a habit of late to meet for dinner and a movie on Friday evenings. I confess it’s a lovely way to end the week. But at $10.75 a pop, I can’t make it too regular of a habit. But we did go see X-Men: First Class a couple weeks ago. It was so worth the ticket price.

    I think it only fair to say that I am not a comic book nerd, and I wouldn’t know if they changed anything–even significantly. What I do know is good storytelling. And my boy James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender made this story come alive. They were superb as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) respectively. Of course, I’m predisposed to love anything staring JMcAvoy (should I just start calling him J-mac for short?), but this really was a good movie.


    In keeping with some recent lists (and borrowing format from my hero, Jenny B. Jones), here are my 7 favorite things about the movie.
    1. It co-stars the girl that’s going to be Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie next year.
    2. Before the Beast is a beast, he’s just a nerd. A really smart one.
    3. Erik and Charles have a wonderful bromance that just makes me smile.
    4. I didn’t once look at Erik and think about Rochester from Jane Eyre (even though he was great in that, too).
    5. January Jones was only in it for like 8 minutes. (She’s not my favorite.)
    6. There were some EXCELLENT cameos. That’s all I’ll say about that.
    7. James McAvoy uses Jedi mind tricks on an unsuspecting Oliver Platt. DE–LITEFUL!

    Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think?

    6 thoughts on “Monday Movie: X-Men: First Class

    1. I love the fact that the trailer just freezes on Fassbender’s face before you click “play.” That is brilliant YouTube, brilliant.

      I do love the way McAvoy touched his temple and got all Jedi-ish every time he was really going to mess with someone’s mind…that was a fun touch. 🙂

      Oh Erik my Erik…how I love you, except did you really have to go for the liesure suit look and cape in your final film scene? The polos and mock turtlenecks and tailored slacks were MUCH nicer. Just sayin’. 🙂

    2. Renee

      I was incredibly worried about Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss until I saw this movie. She was captivating and I’m breathing easier.

      The storytelling was impressive. After several lackluster X-Men movies, this was a breath of fresh air.

    3. Jess



      1. Y’all are so funny! Jess–I love that you love Fassbender, but you had me worried for a second that I misspelled his name or something. Whew. Double checked, it’s all good. 🙂
        Renee–I know what you mean. I thought Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic in this movie, and I think she’ll be excellent in the Hunger Games, too.
        Ruth–You just plum make me smile. 🙂
        Thanks for the comments, gals!

    4. I don’t remember a lot about this film because FASSBENDER overtook it.

    5. Rachel, I know. It’s like he has Professor X mind-control powers or something.


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