First Frost of Autumn (firstfrost) wrote,
First Frost of Autumn

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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.
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