X-Men: First Class Reviews
X-Men First Class is a great insight into the past of both Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender). It sets up X-Men (2000) nicely and also sets up X-Men Apocalypse (2016) nicely for the different timelines. Performances were great and the emotion was there. Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) was a very interesting villain, because he connects to Erik's (Michael Fassbender) past. Everytime Erik (Michael Fassbender) interacts with Sebastian (Kevin Bacon) you can just feel the rage inside Erik (Michael Fassbender), which is good. The CGI was very wonky at times and could've been done better perhaps. Overall X-Men: First Class is a good movie with a good heart to the story.
X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe.
Superhero films have often been a hit or miss for me. There are some that I've loved, some that I've really disliked, and plenty that are forgettable. I think a lot of superhero movies nowadays follow a similar formula (Marvel), or try to find success at the expense of story (DC), but I've never really thought much about X-Men. I absolutely loved "Logan" and it's one of my favorite superhero movies ever. I thought "Deadpool" was fun and I'm excited for some of Fox's new projects. However, I've never really sat down and watched the X-Men films in order. So, here we go (in the best order I can).
I decided to start with "X-Men First Class". It's kind of the introductory film that stills holds cannon in the entire universe and it takes place before all of the other films do. I thought for what this film was, it was really fun. I think the action is well done in this movie and it has some comedic moments.
In terms of story, this wasn't too bad. It's interesting to see beloved characters and their origins. Even though I'm not the most attached to them, seeing Professor X and Magneto in their earlier stages is certainly interesting. The story kind of sets up a world where mutants exist and it surely does an interesting take on that. I don't think it's the most compelling or unique story by any means , but it works for what's given.
The acting in this film is probably the biggest highlight. James McAvoy is certainly a bright star and I love his versatility. His partnership with Michael Fassbender makes for a great chemistry on screen and some really powerful moments. I genuinely think these two are powerhouses and they should certainly be seen as some. Supporting cast in Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult all were solid, along with everyone else. I think that everyone here did a solid job, but there were certainly some standouts.
In the end, I think this movie is solid. It's a fun, superhero semi-origin story with an established place in the universe. I think it's a good introductory into this world and the characters at hand.
A really great origin story for how the x-men first started. the final shot of the movie where magneto saving emma frost gives me the business
A wasted chance to do something great.
Re-casting Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen sounded like an impossible task, but James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are superb, and they carry most of this movie. January Jones is shockingly bad and horrendously out of place in a movie with McAvoy/Fassbender, but almost so bad you can't look away. It's like she's not human.