So, I haven't been around lately. I was first on vacation on another coast and then sick soon after. There was a lot of snot. It was frickin' disgusting....the sickness, not vacation.
Anyways. Before and during all these shennanigans, I saw X-Men First Class and Green Lantern. Both were awesome. Like to hear it, hear it goes...
X-Men First Class:
I am a tremendous X-Men fan. Always have been. This new flick is not only a prequel to the other 3 (by the way, the second one is probably one of the best comic book movies ever) but also a bit of a reboot. The whole movie was kind of a '60's period piece, looking like a great retro Mad Men movie, but with mutants, super powers and Kevin Bacon. For my money, there were two great things about this flick. First is Erik (or Magneto as he is later known). The actor playing Erik did such a tremendous job, he was so good in this role. You know why he is the way he is. The scenes of him hunting ex-Nazis with his magnetic powers are great, I wouldn't mind a whole movie of him doing that! You can feel his pain during specific scenes. The second is the girl who played Mystique. Gorgeous, I couldn't take my eyes of her. They kind of forgot about her once she came into her own, she just disappeared into the background. The other actors and intense action scenes were good, but those two really stood out. Did you know that mutants were responsible for the Cuban Missile Crisis?
I said before, the fake trailer with Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern was better than the trailer they released for the actual movie with Ryan Reynolds, but the flick itself made up for it. It relied mostly on special effects as expected. It was all about willpower versus fear. The special effects of Parallax attacking earth was great, as was the constructs Hal Jordan created with his ring. Hal's a military man, so having him with green gatling guns, anti-aircraft weapons and fighter jets made sense. The environment of Oa was incredible, true to its comic roots, and I loved the little immortals as the Green Lantern's leaders. The cast of characters as Hal's fellow Lanterns were great, with a lot of presence despite them not being real.The guy playing Sinestro was good and charismatic, only because he will play such a major role in the sequel (stay tuned during the credits for him putting on the fear ring, and having him change right in front of you). The girl from that crappy TV show Gossip Girl, Blake Lively also appeared. She and Hal apparently knew each other as kids, along with another main character (the secondary villian). I thought this could have been shown, instead of imagining the bond between them--guess that's for the DVD. I understand though, not enough time for the action and complicated kid backstory. Lively, however, can't act for shit--but she is really nice to look at.