X-Men: First Class Reviews
September 30, 2014
The X-men story boldly overlaid upon Cuban Crisis is entertaining with powerful performances from its well-rounded cast. I feel a little short of my fun because Jennifer Lawrence's lines are limited but may be I can expect more of in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
January 2, 2015
Brought the X-Men franchise back to the heights of X2 after one bad and one dismal movie. Unique amongst the genre for its 1960's setting and psuedo-60's spy vibe. Lots of fun.
January 1, 2015
The best of the bunch. Great performances set against the backdrop of the cuban missile crises.
December 30, 2014
X-Men First Class was pretty badass!
December 27, 2013
Solid prequel movie with cameos from Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijin, which sets the scene for the trilogy and also DOFP
December 26, 2014
X-Men First Class is a great predecessor to the birth of the franchise. This film is strung with strong performances, exciting action scenes and some good historical subtext. This addition to the X-Men franchise is a not just a good comic book adaption, but a good movie overall.
May 23, 2014
Great introduction to the well cast new leads to the X-Men franchise.
September 26, 2011
February 27, 2014
Surprisingly refreshing prequel that's part coming of age and part tale of revenge as we are introduced to young versions of old favorites in a retro setting.
December 13, 2014
I prefer this X-men movie than the previous X-men movies.
December 11, 2014
All quite formulaic, but in the best way possible. Fassbender in particular gives the X-Men brand a much-needed purple boot up the whazoo.
June 23, 2011
Misogynistic drivel that underutilizes its impressive cast by succumbing to gender stereotypes and a lifeless and unbelievable narrative. Avoid.
November 24, 2014
Watchable, but utterly forgettable. Very few people manage to make the X-Men work; it's a hot mess of a comic tradition and it's on-screen adapdations inherit that legacy. The characters here perform their rote functions, and the actors are likeable, but the script didn't take me anywhere interesting, the pacing and storytelling felt overly cartoonish giving the attempts at a more sincere and self-serious tone in the performances of the main cast. The action was nothing remarkable, either, and the ... tidyness of it all was very disappointing in a piece with such a large cast. I would have preferred a messier story with more loose ends and a smaller scope than global warfare to fit the lively, messy relationships that are frequently hinted at among the cast but never used in any interesting ways.
|William D T||
November 20, 2014
The best Xmen movie to date. Kevin Bacon pulls off the best performance of his career in my opinion. Im not a big fan of Kevins, I actually havent liked much ive seen him in, but he just loses himself in this part. He really made me hate his character with his outstanding performance. This is bar far one of the best Marvel comic movies yet.
November 15, 2014
This X-Men is the greatest since X2. Great soundtrack and actors, here I have nothing to criticize.
August 13, 2013
First Class is where I feel the X-Men franchise really gained its momentum. Matthew Vaughn's prequel to the Singer/Rattner trilogy is a welcome entry after the underwhelming Last Stand and idiotic Origins with a tighter narrative and better developed characters. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender really shine in the lead roles as Xavier and Magneto respectively and their duelling personalities and chemistry is the best aspect of the film. Jennifer Lawrence also deserves recognition for her performance as Mystique prior to becoming a megastar with The Hunger Games. The action scenes are pulled off well which is to be expected and the Cold War setting acts as a great parallel to the mutant premise. Whilst First Class is a very good film however, it also has some glaring continuity errors within the film franchise that does get distracting. This was obviously fixed with Days of Future Past recently but when taking the main films into account, it does become a nuisance. For me, it's what kept the film from being the great X-Men film it could've been. Aside from that, it still remains a very enjoyable character driven superhero film and for a while, my favourite in the series.
May 11, 2012
This was amazing in many ways!A very well made and thoughtfully written prequel.I really enjoyed it tremendously,though I found it too long.
November 21, 2012
I own this on DVD and on Blu-Ray in a seven movie pack along with:
* X-Men (2000)
* X2 (2003)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
* The Wolverine (2013)
* X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
January 6, 2014
Campy, poorly paced, predictable and generic, X-Men: First Class may not be the worst film out of the X-Men cinematic canon, though it nears being such. Retreading thematic material from prior X-Men films (messages like 'it's what's inside that counts', etc), First Class does little to separate itself from the popcorn blockbuster description, as it projects little intelligence or originality, primarily in its second half. Whilst competent performances and chemistry from Michael Fassbender and McAvoy centre the film enough to earn the film an average rating, supporting performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult downgrade the film, earning it yet more criticism.
Ultimately, though, it's the writing that allows the film to fall flat on its face; whilst the first half suitably and rightly focuses on the relationships between protagonists Xavier, Erik and Raven, the second half divulges into cliches that involve training montages, generic team collation scenes, a villain which seems straight out of a 1960/70s Bond film, and an ending that makes little to no sense in regards to certain character's prior decisions. A mess of a film saved by its lead performances, relatively decent visual effects, and a strong first half that introduces the characters well.
May 27, 2014
A solid prequel in the X-Men franchise. The new faces filling the roles of the beloved X-Men characters in the years of their youth are very talented actors that fulfill the expectations, certainly the more "die hard" fans will be pleased. There are moments in which the special effects may look a bit too unrealistic, but in every other moment the CGI is grand to watch. Overall, the movie is higly enjoyable and is a great start for the new trilogy.