Wednesday, June 07, 2006

anticipating X3.

Yeah yeah, dissolute reflection on the hotness of totally imaginary incredibly faux-geeky comic-book characters, move along, nothing to see here.

I watched X2 last night at the house of a friend who employs no cleaning help in order that he may employ a more-bachelor-than-thou bachelor pad. X2 is a film I have long wanted to watch but never could because a) none of my mostly-female movie buddies wanted to go to the theatre to watch Hugh Jackman in a wifebeater and a bad hairdo (a valid point when you can have same in velvet jacket and humanoid coiff in 'Kate and Leopold', if that's all you're looking for) and b) never caught it on TV because by then my grandparents had moved back to live with us and there was always a Malayalam show that seemed more urgent every time X2 was being aired. How, you may ask, did I resist the charms of a freely available film that stars Ian McKellen as an evil genius - nay, Ian McKellen rising six feet in the air and knocking out dome-shaped metal computer rooms! - for so long? The answer is: with difficulty.

To come back to the viewing experience. Bachelor-friend is a Wolverine fan. Wolverine is apparently loved not only for his hotness but also his hypermasculinity (and I assure you, the two are mutually exclusive) and general badassness. Now, I like Wolverine. A lot. A whole lot. I will avoid describing my liking for him in detail for a variety of reasons, chief among them the wish to spare my keyboard from salivatory by-products. But is he my favourite character?

No, that would be Magneto. This has no larger implication on the differences in male/female response to stimuli. It only proves my thing for bad guys with an agenda. Besides, you have to agree that a contest between Wolverine's oh-so-angsty amnesia and PTSD and Erik "every living relative of mine was gassed or roasted alive by homo sapiens in one of their periodic genocides, and I still remember them all, and now I'm going to kill everyone with my smartness" Lensherr is no contest at all.

So what is the topic at hand, wonders this blog's discerning audience? It is hotness, of course. In fact, a lot of this blog is completely redundant because I don't know anyone who doesn't find X-Men hot. The films are slick, competently acted and well-scripted. The X-franchise has a sound moral basis, plenty of lookers, some excellent female role-models - all too rare in any culture, pop or otherwise - dark pasts, and it has magic powers.

I think the one mistake X2 makes is that it doesn't give its villain sufficient motive. Even objectively, an angst contest between Wolverine and the likes of Stryker is no contest at all for the audience's sympathy. And whoa with casting Brian Cox as Stryker - what is this, connect-the-blockbuster-dots villainny? - and the accent from the Bible Belt. Suddenly the gay metaphor gets subtler and more complex! Not.

I've been reading reviews for X3 and being not-so-excited, as everyone seems to agree that Bryan Singer leaving to direct the new Superman is only one excellent reason to ditch X3 and watch the new Superman. Still, as Superman is releasing worldwide in July, it's likely to hit Hyderabad by December, which gives me plenty of time to absorb both. Superhero movies are good even when they're bad.


Yes, I have read some X-Men comics. Six, to be exact. I'm not a comic-book junkie, but I'm certainly not averse to them either. And they're cheap. I'm going to go looking for more this weekend.


  1. i had an aversion to comic books after i left school ( too much Phantom and Chacha Chaudhary had ruined my chilhood).
    i came upon a copy of Wolverine sometime in hostel, and was quite taken in by the graphics. this one that i read, i forget the name, was a Matrix-meets-Jurassic Park concept. entirely unimportant to enjoynig the comic.
    but the graphics were something else . some incredibly expressionistic landscapes, and overall stylisation.
    somehow, the Wolverine comic didn't make me think of Phantom and Chacha Chaudhary.

  2. Yes! those x-men are some hottie mutant stock! :)

  3. I strongly suggest you watch RUSH HOUR before seeing X3. Then ask yourself if you really want to see X3.

  4. I did like X3 a lot. More than X2, I reckon. Unfortunately, the plot fizzles out right at the end. Not much of a movie critic, but I would recommend it.

  5. nice blog. like your tone.

  6. :D I'd say X3's worth a watch just for sake of completion! rarely do u see a story just END so completely! everyone's either dead or vaporised or whatever :|

  7. Magneto is also right in XMen 3. That doesn't, however, mean you should go watch it.

  8. i dint quite read this post but read most others.
    loved your blog.
    loved it
    loved it.

    thank god for orkut and blogspot.
    where you get to meet such kindred souls ::tee hee::

    not that i am suggesting, i would be so awed by my own writing.

    am so a fan.

    delete comment if it sounds/looks ::about to start stalking:: kinds.

  9. Wow, friends, Romans and stalker-fans. I'm humbled and delighted. :)

  10. loved your few lines about fight club. this, in particular:
    "Reading random books about junkies and alienated corporate minions, even such as myself, seems a bit like emotional pornography, which is not my thing". laughed out loud and all that, and on a few occasions since, 'emotional pornography' has popped up in my mind. nice phrase.

  11. Well, Magneto, I mean...Ian McKellan.

    which, fuck yeah. teh hawt.

    I am rather fond of Rogue; she hath got a purty mouth. and I also love what she's done with her hair.

    X3 was disappointing, especially now I'm rewatching X2 with commentary and the slow-frames button.