By Doug Moore (San Diego, CA)
So many of you have read the review that came out weeks ago complaining about Psylocke and Storm and the treatment of female characters in this movie. In addition, the reviewer went on to generally disparage the script, directing, and pretty much everything to do with this movie based on her opinion that the previews showed this would be a Psylocke and Storm girl-power kick-ass fest, and since it wasn’t, the movie was a misogynistic piece of shit that no right minded person should watch. I don’t know what movie that reviewer watched, but quite honestly she needs to pull that axe off the wheel. ‘Cause it’s ground to a nub. Worse yet, because she shouted the loudest and the earliest with an in vogue opinion, every review I read after hers pretty much read as a rehashing of her opinions.
Here’s the truth. The previews did not reveal the best and most important scenes. So, they stuck with some cool shots of secondary characters. Which is how trailers should work. In this version, Storm and Psylocke are horsemen of the apocalypse. So, they get minimal treatment as Apocalypse’s underlings. Archangel was treated the same way. Yet, no one complained about his character development or story arc. Yes, Magneto was also a horseman, and he was given more development. But, he has six movies behind him, and he’s the most pivotal X-Men villain ever.
There was also the racial and cultural bias complaint. Asian and black characters are highly underrepresented in Hollywood. So, obviously Asian and black women are even more so. Here’s why that argument falls flat on its face for this movie, and why the reviewer that did so much damage prior to this movie opening doesn’t care about racial and cultural misrepresentation. She just has a hardline feminist axe to grind and disguised it behind race and culture arguments; Germany.
What? You say the reason is Germany? Yes, because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If she wants to complain that Hollywood, and specifically this movie, is racially and culturally biased, then she doesn’t get to pick and choose which races and cultures get mistreated and which ones don’t.
Here’s how Germany is presented in the movie, which by the way didn’t bother me, because it made sense in terms of story and plot. I am just pointing out that her arguments were based on her agenda, not a deep seeded belief in fair treatment for all in Hollywood. First, we travel through time in the credits, and see the Nazi swastika. Then we are reminded that Magneto was an Auschwitz prisoner by his number tattoo. Then we see German humans imprisoning mutants in electrified cages and forcing them to fight for entertainment. Then we transport Magneto to Auschwitz to torture him with memories of his family’s murder. Finally, we have a German mutant, Nightcrawler, as our comic relief, buffoon, and speaking with ze funny leetle German ah-ccent.
So, if reviewers really hated this movie so much based on its targeting of certain races and cultures for positive and/or primary representation, and others for negative and/or secondary representation, then where’s their protestations for Germany’s treatment? Oh wait, they had none. Because their real problem was that of the three female characters that were newly introduced in this X-Men trilogy, the two less important ones happened to be Asian and black. While the one given primacy was white, but she’s freaking Jean Grey! She happens to be the most powerful mutant in the Marvel universe. Sorry, if other characters play second fiddle to her, but it ain’t their race or color. It’s that they aren’t a massively powerful telekinetic/telepath that frequently plays host to the universal force of power and rebirth.
Finally, onto the horrible, misogynistic movie itself. Let’s see, incredible action and effects. A story that neither felt stilted or rushed. Albeit, Stryker’s timing, and the equipment he had available, was a bit convenient for the plot. Most importantly, the two lynchpins to defeating Apocalypse were two complex female characters with incredible powers and strength. One is a world renowned hero to mutants with a continuation of a three movie character arc. The other was newly introduced, placed front and center for dialogue, plot, and super powers, and given a burgeoning character arc herself.
If you read the same series of reviews that I did, convincing you that perhaps they really screwed up this X-Men movie, like say that horrible Wolverine movie, I would like to read your opinions. I verged on not even seeing this one. I would have really regretted that once I watched it on Netflix or something. It was a great summer blockbuster and a top notch X-Men movie, right up there with Days of Future Past! I loved X-Men: Apocalypse.