X-Men: First Class (2011) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 7

effects 8

editing 7

writing 6

SW SCORE: 35

3.5 out of 5 🐙

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Everything about this film was well done. I really can’t complain. I like the aesthetic. I liked most of the performances except for January Jones. I don’t think there has ever been a worse match for a character than her for Emma Frost. Emma Frost radiates sexuality and power and confidence and charisma. I watched every episode of Mad Men and the only thing I’m able to determine that radiates from January Jones is numbness. But I found the story forgettable and even while watching the film, I found myself waiting for the climax. I was bored. I have to admit it. And it fails the biggest litmus test of all for me (and I rewatch movies ALL THE TIME), I have no desire to revisit it.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

 

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