X-Men: First Class Reviews
(Full review coming soon)
In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant named Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Despite their vastly different backgrounds -- Charles grew up with a wealthy family, while Erik lost his parents at Auschwitz -- the two become close friends. As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear war, Charles and Erik join forces with a team of other mutants to save humanity.
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this film as much as I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two X-Men films, which were directed by Bryan Singer, but the last two left much to be desired. After being disappointed by "The Last Stand" and the really awful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," I was afraid that this film would be more of the same. But seeing the future Professor X and Magneto as young men who became great friends working together to save humanity from an awful threat was awesome! High praise to the screenwriters for developing this fun X-Men origin story and to director Matthew Vaughn for deftly handling so many characters with such dexterity and aplomb. Two thumbs way up!
My opinion is still basically the same. It's good but not great. Not great because there are a ton of little problems (not nitpicks, problems) that hold the overall film back. Though I guess my two major problems are the editing (some parts are rushed, the tone feels like it changes from time to time), the changes to Magneto's backstory (it's kinda important to him as a character that it be HUMANS that ruined his life, not a evil fellow mutant) and most of the characters in this ensemble film aren't interesting except the ones who have already been in the other films. But the acting, action and some moments from the writings really do bring it all together. It's certainly one of the good X-Men movies, just for me not the best.
So I've now re-watched all the X-Men films, except X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Believe it or not I don't own a copy, or have any desire to watch it again, strange huh?