Blog #19: Movie Reviews: X-Men: First Class, Super 8, Green Lantern – The Bruins and Transformers too.

I’ve got a few movie reviews for you.  No major spoilers, just some minor ones.

X-Men: First Class: The best X-Men movie yet.  Everything was perfect from Xavier’s hair jokes, to his relationship with  Magneto, to Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.  The best part of the movie is the Xavier/Magneto relationship.  I’ve read about it in the comics many times, but this is the first time I ever felt just how tragic it was.  The two were so close to being the greatest of allies, and Magneto’s turn towards evil is far more understandable than ever before.  I almost can’t blame him after what he went through.  Go see it, it’s the best comic book movie of the summer.  As good as Thor was, this one is better.

Super 8: I really enjoyed Super 8, thought with about ten minutes left, I could have written the ending.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing in this case though, as the ending was so perfect, it couldn’t have been any other way.  My only complaint is that we never really got a good look at…it…in the light.  It’s hard to believe that this was Joel Courtney’s first movie, and he and Elle Fanning’s scenes together were some of the best in the film.  Kyle Chandler was great, as always.  I’ve been a big fan since Early Edition, one of the most underrated shows of all time.  Definitely worth seeing.

Green Lantern:  Now, as I’ve said in the past, I only read Marvel Comics, but I do love the DC movies.  Green Lantern was not as good as Thor or X-Men: First Class, but it was good.  The effects were amazing, and while I’ve heard people say the plot was thin, I thought the plot was very good, and if you stay through the credits, you’ll see the setup for the inevitable sequel.  Ryan Reynolds was good, but his best moments were the comedy, his dramatic skills aren’t quite up to par.  (This is a major reason he will be awesome if they get around to doing a Deapool movie.”  See it if you’re a big comic book fan, otherwise, wait for the Blu-Ray.

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on wining the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.  It was sort of a bittersweet win for me.  My dad was a huge Bruins fan and loved hockey.  He passed away exactly three years ago to the day they won the cup.  I kind of had a feeling going in, that if it went to game 7 on that date, they’d win it.  This win makes Boston/Massachusetts the fastest city/region to win all four major sports champions.  It took just five years for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots to all bring home a title.  Now, if the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics can get there act together, maybe they can shatter their own record.

Transformers Artifact of the week:

Here is a 2007 Transformers Christmas Snow Globe of Optimus Prime.  Don’t see many Transformers snow globes.  You can see this and over 7000 other Transformers items at TFMuseum.com.

Lastly, as you may or may not know, at San Diego Comic Con next month, Hasbro will be releasing a special convention edition of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon MechTech Ultimate Optimus Prime!  It will be released in truck mode and come with a special sticker sheet to customize it.  This will be the world premier of this humongous toy.  I can’t wait.

STOP THE PRESSES!

This morning I found the retail edition of Ultimate Optimus Prime at a Newbury Comics!  Somehow, Hasbro managed to bungle the release.  I can understand (almost) Hasbro doing the whole release date thing for movie toys, but it seems every time they try to do a “first” availability, it is a mess.  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toys were released as “first issues” at Botcon 2009.  Problem was that some stores had already started selling them, and the “first issue” stickers weren’t put on the toys.  They were given out with them.  I’ve seen damn near every toy in the RotF line with those stickers.  They mean absolutely nothing.  I bought a four pack of Legends just so I could wear one on my shirt during the con.  So, Hasbro, if you’re listening, give up on the whole “premier” thing.  It doesn’t work and just makes you look silly, which for the record, in no way damages how awesome the exclusive version will be, but the retail one should have been released on the first day the toys were out.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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