Posts Tagged ‘x-men: first class’

I saw X-Men: First Class a few weeks ago and I’m in full agreement with most every other review I’ve read (all three of them), that it is the best entry into the X-Men franchise thus far.  Remember that Green Lantern Review I did, where I gushed about how much I LOVED super hero movies?  Yeah, that doesn’t apply to X-Men.  That’s not to say I hate the X-Men, just that they aren’t my favourite… and don’t even crack my top 5 as far as super heroes go.  It’s probably because I never followed their evolution (PUN!), or that my first exposure to this particularly complex and motley crew was on a band trip.  We were driving home from Florida or Indiana or somewhere else and the first X-Men movie was the DVD that was playing (or VHS tape, DVDs were still pretty new back then).  It was loud and my seat was right under the speaker and it was late and all I wanted to do was sleep.  THERE WOULD BE NO SLEEP.  Sigh.

That being said I sat through X2 and loved it, which prompted me to sit through X3 which I was pretty much indifferent about, which in turn almost made me skip Origins: Wolverine entirely but Hugh Jackman cannot be resisted.  Sadly though, the first Origins was awful, bad CGI claws, even worse acting, Hugh Jackman couldn’t save that travesty (or Ryan Reynolds and his abs of awesome).  This was why I was hesitant to see First Class.  I gave in though when I heard fan boys gushing.  If fan boys, who are notoriously nitpicky loved it then well, it would be worth a trip to yonder Cinemark.

For the most part it was… worth the trip that is.  The film basically gives us the backstory on Professor X and Magneto, which not being overly familiar with the X-Men franchise I appreciated.  I felt this was lacking in the earlier films.  I also loved the ‘look’ of the movie.  Granted it was set in the 1960’s which gave it a great vibe as far as color and feel goes, but the film didn’t feel as sterile as the chrome and leather of the early 2000 versions.  I also loved Magneto at the end of the movie when he is busting January Jones (aka Emma Frost) out of jail, his look reminded me of the comics (as did their black and yellow flight suits). Magneto

For me the stand out stars were Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast).   James McAvoy also gets a special nod because I’ve been obsessed with him for nearly as long as I’ve been obsessing over Ryan Reynolds.   (If you haven’t seen The Last King of Scotland go see it… NOW).  The rapport between Fassbender and McAvoy was fantastic.  They played well off of each other, and perhaps the best thing is that you leave the film not knowing who you should be rooting for, the newly formed X-Men or Magneto and his band of mutants.  Magento is the default villain in earlier films.  Instead of being that default ‘baddie’ he now has some much needed depth, and we have the understanding of why he is the way he is.  He’s a compelling leader, just as McAvoy is as Professor X, and more than that you understand why his vendetta against those who won’t accept him or his kind is so strong.

BeastHoult is equally as charming as Hank McCoy.  Smart, awkward, adorable and a mutant.  He shows certain vulnerability that the other mutants lack.  You truly see the transition from McCoy to his Beast-ly personality.  He is not comfortable in his own skin, but must learn how to cope with it and eventually accept it.

All in all it earns a  4.5 out of 5 stars.  I do have concerns about where the franchise will go from here.  The look and feel that I loved cannot be duplicated as the franchise moves on (and our mutants all start to age) because we move into a new era (the 70’s and 80’s were not exactly glamorous).  I only hope that the depth and personality of each character that we got in this installment will carry into future ones.   (Note the lack of commentary on Kevin Bacon.  He’s Kevin Bacon, he’s in everything, now I have yet another movie to play the 5 degrees of separation game with.  That’s really all I have to say about that… oh and I want to watch Footloose and Apollo 13 of and Frost/Nixon as those are my favorite baconater movies, lawls).

Cars 2 review will be up on Thursday!