We’re Not in Westchester Anymore, Toto: X-Men Movie Confuses Westchester with England
X-Men: First Class takes place in Westchester County, New York. But you wouldn’t know it, based on the architecture
By Marisa LaScala
Young Charles Xavier (left) and Erik Lehnsherr before they assume their alter-egos, Professor X and Magneto. Don’t they realize they’re in the wrong town? (Who plays chess in Westchester, anyway?)
Photographs by Murray Close. ™ and © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved
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X-Men: First Class debuted at No. 1 at the box office this weekend. Though it only grossed a little more than the first movie (and far less than the following ones), it inspired critics to write that it reclaimed “much of the pop-operatic grandeur and insouciant wit so evident in the series’ first two installments.”
I agree: It’s not so much a sequel or reboot as it is a “preboot,” going back to look at the beginnings of the Professor X/Magneto rivalry in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. That means we get some new blood in the franchise (not that Hugh Jackman isn’t wonderful as Wolverine). You’ve got younger, groovier versions of Professor X and Magneto; cool ’60s touches, including the swingingest underwater submarine-lab-lair-shagpad outside of a James Bond movie; and even shout-outs to the other X-Men films. It’s basically everything you could want in a summer superhero-popcorn movie.
Knowing Westchester, we wonder what the taxes are like on this thing
With one big exception, if you’re a local.
The X-Men always held a special place in my heart because they live in Westchester. Professor X sets up the X-Men HQ, School for Gifted Youngsters, in his family home in “Salem,” Westchester.
In the new movie, when we first see a young Charles Xavier, a title card appears that says “Westchester: 1944.” Only what follows is not like any Westchester I’ve come to know...
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