X-Men: First Class Reviews
X-Men: First Class is a X-Men prequel that boasts a lot of good acting,
action and even some good old back stories to really bring the
franchise back into the form it was in back in it's day. Parts can be
dull but in any sense it is entertaining and the film really starts to
get going and the ending is a fine one, the film is what I felt, a
safely good film, and here below this introduction, is why I felt so.
The story can be a little long to get started and you may feel by the
end that the film is also a little long with what is has, though in the
end and specifically the ending really bring this film up and it gives
you a good bit of a thrill in only the last few minutes of it. It
contains some good action scenes as well and of course with the
superpowers we see in the series, it introduces these powers in new
people with all sorts of weird and wonderful mutations, just good fun
to see them bits but the action bits balance it out well too.
James McAvoy does well here although I did feel sometimes he is not at
his best and a case could be put forward that McAvoy doesn't do well in
blockbuster high budget movies. Michael Fassbender is the true hero of
this movie with his portrayal of Magneto, he controls every scene he is
in and really beats the other actors in his scenes too. Actors such as
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult do well but I didn't fell they
were spectacular, great acting isn't expected from films like this but
a little effort is needed definitely.
It is written pretty well and the script is solid throughout with smart
lines but also intense wording that can make the scene even more
exciting that it already is with the action. The effects in this are
nice, not perfect but they do the job and you will see at the end with
the numerous special effects needed that they are really well done, not
just visually, but also movement wise. Finally it is also directed
well, one that is very good as Matthew Vaughn seems to move them as if
they are new but also bring back the good old X-Men we miss from the
It's main criticisms aren't in the acting side of this, it comes mostly
from the story with it's, as previously said, slow start. The reason it
harms this is because yes a little drama is always good even in a big
action superhero blockbuster, but too much and then to take away the
things the viewer wants to see, it just harms it, not very bad but it
definitely harms a few key scenes here.
X-Men fans should enjoy this as it continues it well as a prequel but I
think personally it ups the ante the franchise has and really sticks it
to the ones before this and challenges it, well you might think that. I
think people will like it if they like a good superhero movie that
isn't afraid to hold back on the super big action, and have a little
back story and build up, this really is for you indeed. Finally I think
this is good drama and for budding actors, this could be one the few
rare cases of big budget films, where you can actually learn a lot from
the way they act.
Overall I give this a higher 7/10, it is Safely a Good movie, it isn't really
near being VERY GOOD, but it is more than just a Kind of Good film.
With this you have to watch with maybe a little history with X-Men,
fans should love it, but also be a superhero fan, it is aimed very much
at them and people from anywhere can enjoy it, but hero fans more. One
more thing to say, I felt the budget wasn't used enough, they had a big
big budget but seemed to hold back on certain aspects where more
finance could have helped.