The Disappointing Sexual and Racial Politics of X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is a new prequel to the successful X-films triliogy.  Set in the sixties, it details the early relationship of Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr, and the first gathering of mutants.  The movie is already being haled by some reviewers as the greatest super-hero movie ever, and it is, indeed, pretty damn amazing.  Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are in particularly good form as Eric and Charles.  Their bromance is both believable and well played, to the point that their inevitable falling out (not really a spoiler, right?  I mean, you KNEW that was going to happen) is tragic in all the right ways.  The super-powered battles are fantastic without being too unrealistic.  I will probably own the movie when it comes out on DVD as I could quite easily watch it again.

As a life-long fan of the X-Men, seeing some of this stuff done so well on screen was practically nerd-gasm inducing.

So why am I left feeling let down and a bit disappointed?

Warning, lots of spoilers contained below the cut!

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