Archive for August 2011
We all know the comics X-Men, mutants born with amazing abilities. You have the X-Men, the good guys who try to protect humanity that hate and fear them, lead by Professor X. And you have the Brotherhood of Mutants, the bad guys who believe they are top of the food chain, lead by Magneto.
Believe it or not, Professor X and Magneto weren’t always enemies. Back in the day they were friends, best friends. They were two young men, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), coming to grips with their powers.
Charles was a talented graduate from Oxford University publishing his thesis on mutation. I’ve always viewed Professor X like Gandhi, non violent and peaceful. It’s strange seeing him use his telepathy for personal gain like hitting on girls and participate in drinking games. While Charles grew up in a good home, Erik, unfortunately didn’t have the same luxury.
In 1944, Erik and his family were sent to a German concentration camp. A scientist takes an interest in Erik when he sees him bend the metal gates with his mind. Years later, Erik is searching for the man that is responsible for his torment and the death of this mother. He manages to find him, Schmidt, who is now going by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), and he hasn’t aged a day. Shaw has the power to absorb kinetic and radiated energy and redirect it. That’s what stops him from aging.
Shaw is the leader of the Hellfire Club, a group of mutants bent on taking over the world. You have Emma Frost (January Jones), a telepath who can change her body into diamond form. Azazel (Jason Flemyng), a red demon looking mutant who teleports. Riptide (Alex Gonzalez), who can create powerful whirlwinds from his hands.
Even though Magneto still became the bad guy in the end, I understood where he was coming from. Hate and cruelty was all Erik knew, until he met Charles. Charles didn’t help Erik for his own needs, he did it because he wanted to. Sebastian Shaw was an evil sadistic son of a bitch and megalomaniac. He didn’t care about anyone but himself. Charles was Erik’s first real friend. He helped him, including remembering a long forgotten memory of his mother, a time in his life where he was actually happy. Despite the fact they’re enemies, Erik will always respect Charles.
Of course, Professor X and Magneto weren’t the only mutants that I loved.
There was also Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Sean Cassidy/Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till), Angel (Zoe Kravity) and Darwin (Edi Gathegi). A bunch of teenagers just trying to find their place in the world.
Mystique was a shape shifter and could look like anyone she wanted, except herself. Hank was a genius but had prehensile feet. Let’s face it, seeing a human Smurf and Big Foot’s nerdy cousin walking down the street is pretty weird. They bonded on their desires to be normal. But in the long run Mystique learned to except herself for who she is. Hank tested out his so-called sure on himself but it turned him into a blue furry beast.
There were a few things that I had a problem with because the movie didn’t fit into the comics. In the comics Alex Summers is the younger brother of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops. Also Bandshee is Irish and the CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), is suppose to be a geneticist and Scottish. But other than that I was happy with the movie.
X-Men will always be one of my favorite comics of all times.