Really, the politics of X-Men is a complete clusterfuck, but the film plays nicely into the present American fantasies that 1) our hopes for survival reside in superheroes; and 2) that we tolerate difference.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN FILM-GOER
June 9, 2011
Dear American film-goer:
There are no superheroes.
Difference terrifies. Terror is the source of its appeal.
Beyond that: thank you, Michael Fassbender, for bringing gravitas to being correct.
Matthew Vaughn: Prostitutes sell a feel-good message. Please get back to making satire like Kick-Ass, which was the iciest indictment of contemporary American dream-life since American Beauty. I’ve said something along these lines before: the truth is usually cruel.