Blog Post Of The Week: X-Men: First Class And Superhero Nostalgia

This week’s post of the week comes from Darren over at The Movie Blog. If ever a website deserved its title, this is it. He’s been on our blogroll since we started and for good reason. While at RvR we often deal in a pithiness that can very quickly get tiresome, Daz dissects films in intrinsic detail, always remembering to entertain the reader as he goes along. For instance, I have little to no interest in comic books, but I love reading what he writes about them, in the same way I suppose that I know nothing about cars but like watching Top Gear. Okay, I think I’ve bigged him up enough. His post that we’re featuring this week is about the new X-Men movie. Instead of drooling over the new pictures released, Darren delves into how the film’s historical setting will impact on audiences. It’s a great post. Read it by clicking HERE or the picture above.

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4 Responses to “Blog Post Of The Week: X-Men: First Class And Superhero Nostalgia”

  1. Thanks for the link guys! I sometimes worry I might just be a little too nerdy for my own good, so I’m glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

  2. You have a very healthy attitude to comics and film Darren. You obviously love both but are able to separate them, and forgive a director for straying from source material if it improves the film.
    I pity fanboys who can’t appreciate film as a seperate medium, and just enjoy a different take on the worlds and characters they so fervently defend.
    Watchmen is one of my favourite graphic novels, and while I respect immensly the faithful version Zack Snyder put together – which I thoroughly enjoy watching – it simply feels like im reading the novel again. He’s almost too faithful – a film should bring something new, and directors should be given rein to do so.
    Nevertheless, Watchmen still remains one of the greatest comic book films ever IMHO. Whether staying faithful or creating your own slant, top priority is it has to be a good film – not like that wolverine origins shite

  3. I think I appreciated Watchmen a lot more than I enjoyed it. It’s a spectacularly made film, and the fact that Snyder got it made through the studio system is nothing short of incredible. It’s pretty much “arthouse superhero” – there’s a blue philosophical Superman who wanders naked through the film, superhero erectile dysfunction and remarkable attention to detail (period and otherwise). Seriously, Dr. Manhattan’s quarters are a reference to The Man Who Fell to Earth, betraying a wonderful awareness that nobody credits the film for.

    That said, I think the film suffers a bit from the literal-ness of the adaptation. In Moore and Gibbons’ graphic novel, you have time to savour and digest every line and image – to pick it apart and find its meaning before you move on. Film isn’t built like that – so the material which the reader can choose to digest at their own pace is forced down the viewer’s throat. I am not convinced that Watchmen could really be transitioned to film in such a recognisable form.

    All that aside, I have a soft spot for it. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like it again, which makes it instantly more interesting than the vast majority of comic-book-to-screen adaptations.

    I’ve been mulling over doing a blog post on the Watchmen graphic novel, but I’m terrified. There’s just so much there I’m worried that I’ll skip over or miss – and everyone else has said so much about it already. But yes, it is one of the best books ever written. Turned me on to comic books as an artform that might be worth watching.

    Sorry to ramble.

    PS – Did Ross McG like those Batman books I recommended?

    If you’re interested in a Dark-Knight/Year-One-esque superhero, I’d also recommend Marvel’s Daredevil – starting with Bendis’ work on the character, being released in tradepaperback “Ultimate” collections at the moment. It opens with the leaking of the eponymous hero’s secret identity to the press and follows him through a nervous breakdown – and gets worse from there. It’s fantastic and it stands entirely alone.

  4. you never ramble Daz.. i loved Batman Year One, must dig into your other recommedations as a comic noob.
    i think time will be quite kind to the Watchmen movie. ive seen it a few times and while i love the first hour and half it turns to shit somewhat in the last hour. some of the performances in it are terrific, Patrick Wilson is good in anything and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will probably never be that good again.
    i agree with you that X-Men: First Class, like Watchmen, will benefit from its period setting. especially when it has so many ‘classic’ type actors such as McAvoy and Fassbender. looking forward to your watchmen post

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