|05.29.17||Internet|| Meh. So I spent some time while watching wondering why I wasn't enjoying this as much as Doctor Strange... There are several reasons.|
For one, when I was a kid going through my comic phase, Spider-Man and X-Men were my favorite books. So maybe it's disappointment that these X-Men movies are wasted potential... or perhaps those books are harder to adapt? I feel like that's probably not the case... Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy disprove that because those books seem like a much harder sell. Maybe there are too many characters? Certainly, about half the cast doesn't have anything to do here except stand around in their make up and costume.
I think the biggest reason though is the mindset. Bryan Singer is still making this movie like he made the first X-Men 20 years ago. There's a bunch of set-up scenes, some big bad tells us his plan, then a bunch of effects shots waiting for the good guys to win. The effects shots have gotten better but the stories haven't. It's always the origins. This is like the 4th time I've seen Hugh Jackman do Weapon X. There's something like 400 issues of the comic book but that's the one story they want to tell over and over?
To be honest, I wanted to watch Logan but figured I had to see this just to keep everything in order. I'm pretty hopeful that Logan will tell a new Wolverine story.
So... yeah... also... I feel like I have to mention that... the other night i watched a bunch of youtube clips about seedy Hollywood underbelly child predation and those videos called out Singer specifically. I have to say it's getting harder and harder to watch Bryan Singer's movies and not feel complicit somehow. Like, when there was controversy about Apt Pupil I was like "whatever" because I liked The Usual Suspects. But that movie was a long time ago, and it seems like in every movie since there's a lot of young twinkish dudes just hanging out in the cast not doing much on camera. Like how the kids cast as Iceman and Colossus in X2 look a lot like the guy cast here as Stryker... I dunno, I guess it's no different than any straight director putting a lot of hot blondes in their movies, but it's still a shame that this dark cloud has to be here now. It also seems like a new controversy pops up whenever a new Bryan Singer movie comes out. I'm usually one of the guys to fall on the side of the fence of not letting filmmakers' personal lives affect how I like their movies, but it still does enter into the equation and I have to say... Singer's movies are not as good as Woody Allen's or Roman Polanski's.
Anyway, all that aside... I thought this was pretty dull. I hope they don't make any more of these.