Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: X-Men


This week on Hit me with your best shot, Nathaniel revived a previous episode in the form of Bryan Singer's "X-Men". It's a film that I fondly remember due to the X-Men fantasticism of my youth and upon rewatch it's easy to see why. It totally plays up the cartoonish elements of the premise and is particularly reminiscent of the animated TV series. As such, it may not have held up very well over the years (even the music feels dated), indicating how quickly the superhero movie has evolved. For my choice then, I decided to highlight the absurdity.

Click below for my favourite shot...


My chosen shot comes right after a rather extravagant scene involving Magneto and Senator Kelly (a leader in the anti-mutant movement). After inflicting some ultra electromagnetic force on Kelly, Magneto reveals his master plan. What a clever plan it is too, deciding to convert some of the world's leaders into mutants so they would understand their plight. The scheme isn't revealed immediately though, which is what made the above shot stand out for me. Seeing the physical manifestation of the experiment is a fascinating "eureka!" moment and a humourous one at that. Rather than getting some cool X-Men powers, Kelly becomes something more akin to Play-Doh.

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