Review: X-Men: First Class

Directed by Matthew Vaughn,  Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, and January Jones  

Summary:

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.

Written by Twentieth Century Fox 

Verdict:

When it was announced a year ago that Matthew Vaughn, who directed the awesome Kick-Ass , would be directing this prequel/re-boot, my expectations grew considerably and rightfully so. There is so much style to this movie and its so entertainingly made that it almost made forget its flaws, though there are only a few. This is definitely my favorite X-Men Movie and this is because of its cool, Cold War setting (no pun intended), some fantastic performances by the two leads, some great character moments, and some awesome set-pieces.

One of the biggest reasons the movie succeeds is because of its great cast. McAvoy and Fassbender (Prof. X and Magneto respectively) are simply amazing. McAvoy plays his part in a very sympathetic way and he brings so much charisma to his part. Fassbender is extremely powerful and the anger shows is perfect for the tormented Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence is also great as Raven/Mystique and she brings much heart to her role as the mutant who just wants to be accepted by society.  Kevin Bacon is Kevin Bacon so obviously he did a great job in his role as the villan Sebastian Shaw and proves to be a pretty menacing adversary.

The film moves along at a very fast pace and there is much more action then we have been seeing lately in the past few superhero movies, and the action can be pretty spectacular. The finale is pretty darn epic, as it should be, and there are some well done, smaller scale action scenes that take place earlier in the movie. These are mostly sequences with Magneto showing his awesomeness as he releases his vengeance on the people who made him the hateful person he has become.

There are a few flaws in the movie such as some awkward acting in the beginning by children, a silly scene where they are all choosing each other’s nicknames, and some exposition that explains some mutant’s powers unnecessarily, but other wise it is a very good and very entertaining film.

Also for X-men comic fans there are also plenty of cool easter eggs and awesome cameos and one hilarious scene including everyone’s favorite adamantium-clawed mutant.

Rating:

Pretty darn good, but with some minor flaws

B

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