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26 September 2011 @ 08:07 am
A very Marvel weekend  
I missed both Thor and X-Men: First Class in theatres, so I rented them both this weekend and watched them with Mum ("how did you turn me into a sci fi geek at my age? I not only enjoyed it, I understood it!"). I am going to chatter about them.

Spoilers likely abound.



First off, I have to say that the acting for both films was, on the whole, awesome. I don't know why sci fi doesn't get more respect, because you need good solid actors to make it believeable. If Keanu Reeves tells me he's The One, I'm skeptical, but if Anthony Hopkins tells me he's Odin, the Allfather, I go 'yeah, you know what, you are'.

I really liked Thor for being fun and not taking itself too seriously. This is the first Marvel film where they've kept the elements of magic and aliens intact in the story and you need to have a little self-awareness to pull that off. Chris Hemsworth was not only handsome and charming, but managed the more dramatic moments very nicely. Tom Hiddleston was really amazing as Loki, especially since I had recently seen him in Return to Cranford where he was all sweet and blond and curly-haired and smiley, it was a big contrast and a testiment to his acting abilities. I don't know much about Thor as a comic book or Norse mythology really, but I thought Loki was supposed to be a trickster? I would have liked to see him having a bit more fun with the chaos he was causing, but I do get that we're seeing him at his BSOD moment, so I suppose it's understandable.

My one complaint was length of the movie seemed funny. I don't mean the actual running time, because that was fine, but the fact that the movie took place over a few days made it seem a little rushed with character development. I would have liked to see Thor adapting to being powerless over a longer period of time. He learned his lesson really, really fast. I also would have liked a little more of the Earth side of things, and less about Asgard.

But overall, I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the Avengers movie.




As much as I loved Thor for being fun, I really liked the more serious tone they took with X-Men. The last couple of movies have been more about how many characters they can cram in and I liked that this movie took some time to concentrate on character development and relationships.

James MacAvoy and Michael Fassbender were incredible. They played so well off each other and, even though I know this is a new continuity, I could see them growing up to be the Xavier and Magneto we know in the future. Except, I don't know what was going on with Fassbender's accent. I could have sworn he was British at the start, but he was very, very Irish by the end. Which doesn't make sense, because movies aren't filmed in order. If he lost the accent halfway through filming, the accent should change from scene to scene, not gradually change over the length of the movie. Conversely, I sort of heart that James couldn't shout 'Erik!' without it being in a Scottish accent.

I really liked the storyline they did with Mystique. Baby!Mystique was adorable! I thought her and Magneto's relationship made sense, and I liked her interaction with Beast. As usual, a few of the minor characters didn't get much to do, but Havok and Banshee were nice to see. I was giggling at all the mythology gags, but I could have done without the Wolverine cameo.

I also really liked that people spoke in foreign languages when it made sense. I can't say how good a job the actors did in German and Russian, but Fassbender's French was very good.

I think half my love of these movies is how people use their powers cleverly and Magneto magnetizing himself to the floor of the jet to keep Charles from falling out made me grin like an idiot.



Between looking through caps of Jane Eyre for icons and watching X-men, I have come to the conclusion that Michael Fassbender acts with his lower jaw.

If you're interested, Nathan Fillion acts with his nostrils. And Tim Roth acts with the angle of his head.
 
 
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spacefiendspacefiend on September 26th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
I loved both of these too! Re Magneto's accent, it actually sounded to me like it got a little bit more German or Polish flavored. Which would make sense in-story, because Erik is Polish, so it sounded to me like he was reverting back to his original accent under stress. But that's just how I interpreted it.
The Writer They Call Tay: Buzzcocks: Welsh accents are hardawanderingbard on September 26th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that makes sense. I think Michael's natural Irish accent and way of speaking is more guttural, than the stereotypical singsongy Irish accent. I think he's more Northern than Southern. I find he swallows his words sometimes (possibly due to the fact that he acts with his lower jaw), so maybe that's what I was getting.

It could be a situation of not having to hide in front of the mutants, either, so he's not pretending to have a different accent to hide who he is, if that makes sense.
spacefiendspacefiend on September 26th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
IMDb says his father's German, so maybe that explains why his accent is a little mixed?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 26th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah and I think his mother is an Irish Traveller and they are hard to understand at the very best of times.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Tricksterjoonscribble on September 27th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good weekend!

but I thought Loki was supposed to be a trickster?

I wrote rants about this, but basically I don't think this movie paid much attention to actual Norse mythology. I can't say how true it was to the comics. But there was one deleted scene in the bluray where you see Loki play a more harmless prank that's more trickster-ish. But no, I wouldn't say he's a traditional trickster in this particular depiction. He's too emo for that.

James MacAvoy and Michael Fassbender were incredible. They played so well off each other and, even though I know this is a new continuity, I could see them growing up to be the Xavier and Magneto we know in the future.

I feel like their chemistry went a long way toward making this movie awesome.

It's funny, depending on who I see X-Men with, I either get feedbacks of "awesome!" or "omg awful!" More than one minority friend has pointed out to me the random Movie Racism going on. I actually didn't really notice any of it until someone said something so I guess that makes me a minority amongst the minorities? I might have been too distracted by the bromance and acting to take anything seriously.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on September 27th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
But no, I wouldn't say he's a traditional trickster in this particular depiction. He's too emo for that.

I think that there is some mention of Loki being a 'mischievous child' at one point, so I wonder if he's just been pushed over the edge by the whole 'son of a frost giant' thing. He does say that bringing in the frost giants to ruin Thor's day was a bit of fun for him, originally. I guess emo suits the current climate a little better, but I wish he was having a bit more fun causing all the chaos.

It's funny, depending on who I see X-Men with, I either get feedbacks of "awesome!" or "omg awful!"

This is usually the reaction I get from Adam and Amalie regarding any Marvel movie. Ama always loves it and Adam's always pissed off about something they changed. I haven't read the comics, but I'm up on a lot of canon from when I modded an RPG years back and I'm always able to go 'oh, I see what you did there' and enjoy how they changed things to suit the storyline, but kept the original intent, rather than 'that's wrong, you bastards'.

More than one minority friend has pointed out to me the random Movie Racism going on.

Yeah, I didn't notice it until I read about it on tvtropes. I don't think it's...purposeful? I don't know, I'm not a minority and as such I don't often notice those things.

I think you only have so much minority characters to choose from and after four movies full of characters and cameos, it's understandable if you only have a couple there. Though why they chose to kill off and make evil those two, I don't know.