May 26 2014
- In my opinion, it was easily the best superhero movie this year (Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America 2 so far).
- The action scene with the speedster (Quicksilver) was amazing, but I think it indicates how ridiculously hard it would be to use a speedster as anything but a one-off change of pace rather than a main character. Quicksilver spends the rest of the movie at home because his powers were strong enough that he would have broken the plot.
- I believe the only major problem with the movie was that the plot holes were massive. SPOILERS:
- The movie apparently isn’t sure how many people know about / are afraid of mutants. For example, at one point a government official claims that the whole mutant business in Cuba (X-Men: First Class) was “unconfirmed.” Uhh, several mutants employed by the CIA engaged several U.S. and USSR ships, with probably thousands of people witnessing a destroyer being telekinetically lifted from the sea and at least 10 military casualties. If mutants can get through that “unconfirmed,” I need to hire their publicist and/or defense attorney. Later on, there’s a scene where a U.S. businessman reveals to a (North) Vietnamese delegation that one of their members is a mutant and they instantly freak out. So… people do care what mutants are?
- Dr. Trask has an apparently foolproof mutant-detection device but forgets to use it at a presidential press event. It works out about as well as you’d imagine. 3) One recurring limitation of the X-Men series is that its characters are notably uncreative when it comes to solving problems besides just killing people. For example, you’d think that a character with the ability to impersonate anyone would be able to come up with some more creative way to discredit a (criminal) scientist than turning him into a martyr and instantly vindicating his research. For example, exposing that he’s a criminal and/or committing outlandish acts while impersonating him?
- It is completely unbelievable that the final confrontation between Magneto, Mystique, and the President ends well for most mutants.
- This movie raises massive plotholes for the previous X-Men movies. For example, Magneto’s been imprisoned for killing one President, attempts to kill another, and he breaks out of the Pentagon pretty easily. Magneto is later taken into custody in X-Men 3, I think. Not immediately executing him is definitely an idiot ball.