Haven’t been posting reviews like I usually do, so I’ll hit a few movies I’ve seen lately in this post:
X-Men: First Class – This had its moments. I liked the cast and particularly liked the interaction between the young Xavier and Erik (Magneto). There was more “plot” than most action movies and some interesting historical references. I particularly liked how they rewrote the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis with no concern whatsoever for trying to tie that back into the real world’s history. The X-Men world clearly diverged from our world into an alternate universe, which is fine, I think too many movies try too hard to exist in a fantasy world and the real world at the same time.
I know they played up January Jones but whether by choice or not, her performance seemed to be the most plastic and mailed in performance I’ve seen from a “major” actor in a long time. Her role could have been performed by a Japanese fembot.
Thor: I actually really liked this movie. Oh, sure, it had it’s ludicrous moments, and I could pick it apart if I wanted to, but there was a real sense of energy and excitement to some of the scenes. I generally don’t care much for Natalie Portman, but she can be quite good on occasion and at least she didn’t mail in her performance here. My favorite moment in the movie was probably the visible shock wave from the sonic boom of Thor’s hammer when Odin restored his powers.
The Green Hornet: Heh, what can I say about this movie? I enjoyed it because it was so totally ridiculous in every possible way. The whole movie struck me as if the script was written in a frat house by a bunch of beer-swilling comic book fans. The worst moment of the movie was the supposed inability of Kato to swim. But putting that aside, this was just pure fun.
Cosmic says check all three out.