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Good Weekend - Qualified Perceptions
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Good Weekend
Cheese and Sausages for mjperson on Saturday. That was fun, and was a good example of small-enough-party-to-fit-in-living-room. A bunch of us made a Formaggio's run earlier in the day, which is one of my favorite places to shop because you can wander around and taste all sorts of sample cheese, plus say things like "Can I have a taste of some sharp cheddars?". Strong blue cheese does go with honey - who knew? And now we need an excuse to have more dessert wine.

Sunday was busier - a book raid on rifmeister's list of books to get rid of. Then X-Men 3 (spoilers later for merastra), Finale for dinner and dessert (whee!) and then Island of Slaves at the ART. Really Island of Drag Queens, it was visually interesting and well-acted, but I found the story itself sort of enh. This is often my reaction to 18th-century drama - the people are just alien enough that I can't really sympathize. In this case, the anger and vengefulness of the put-upon and beaten slaves seems compelling enough; when they eventually forgive their masters and go back to their proper places, it's a little disappointing. Writhing on the floor still a continuous streak.

Monday, we ate lots of mjperson's Thesis Meat Trove, and then I worked on my takl on Mailman I'll have to give on Thursday. Hence the "nervous".

I generally liked the movie, though less than the previous two. My overall complaint is that I think there were places where character was sacrificed to drive the plot:
  • Dark Phoenix, in particular. She's described as a creature of impulse and gratification, selfishness, joy, greed, etc. But most of the movie, she looks like she's sleepwalking. There's almost no passion to her at all - the first scene with Wolverine being the lone exception. There's also no reason for the greedy-passionate creature to randomly start to disintegrate Scott (leaving aside whether he's actually dead as a different issue).
  • After the funeral, when all the students are grieving, what does Storm do? Send them all to their rooms and tell them to stay there. Great way to handle children in pain. Yes, it was a setup for the Bobby/Kitty/Rogue scene, but that's what I mean by sacrificing character for plot. (Unless it's really supposed to be a sign of Storm's inability to competently run the school, but I don't think so).
  • Magneto leaving the cured-Mystique behind just seems Wrong to me. I can mentally justify it because he has this huge gaping blind spot in the normals/mutants area, but even if he sees it as she just died for him, you don't leave your dead behind with the enemy, naked and crying. This one isn't a sacrifice on the altar of Plot, though - it's a deliberate choice. Just not one I like.

Current Mood: nervous nervous
Current Music: Hymn to Red October

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ilhander From: ilhander Date: May 30th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Strong blue cheese does go with honey - who knew?

Me! I knew!
merastra From: merastra Date: May 30th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

X3 movie

Ok yeah, the shell-shocked Phoenix was weird. It even made me notice, and I'm not a movie or acting buff. It seems like they could've done so much more with her, not even changing the plot too much.

The thing that I didn't like about her role was the way she kept following Magento around but just stood there. It was really unclear who was in charge.

  • Was Magento giving her orders?
  • Was she hanging out with him because his group felt like a refuge to her?
  • Was it because she was going to use them to get somewhere?
  • Did she feel like a partner?
  • Or was it simply a good place to park her lovely character while the plot drove along to the point where she was supposed to levitate stuff? :-)

I'm betting Scott isn't dead. :-)

Good point about sending children too their rooms. I hadn't realized what was wrong about that.

I don't really like that Magento left Mystique behind either, but I saw it as a characterization of Magento.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: June 4th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
ricedog points out that it was quite some time before anyone got around to asking Jean "Uhm... Where's Cyclops?" The professor had higher priority things on his mind, but even so.

I was disapointed that no one discussed using the anti-mutant on Phoenix. I don't think it would have worked, but it didn't seem like anyone even thought of it.

I was expecting Mystique to sit down opposite Magneto at the end, when he was trying to move the chess pieces. It's still unclear to me if she was really trying to turn him over to the military, or if she was helping him by pretending to turn him over to the military.

We really liked the Kitty/Juggernaut chase through the walls.

I really liked the scene with Beast and Wolverine looking at the cure darts on the ground while Magneto was shelling them with cars. There was no discussion about "should we do this thing to him?" but I thought they portrayed their internal conflict very well.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 4th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was also puzzled by why they didn't think about usng the anti-mutant serum, though I decided maybe they didn't think they could get the syringes through the Zone of Disintegration.

The Kitty/Juggernaut chase was really nice, yeah. :)
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