Oct 28, 2011

X-Men: First Class Review


Premise:
Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is a brilliant young telepath who thinks he's the only one different in the world until he meets the shapeshifting Raven Darkholmes [later known as Mystique] (Jennifer Lawrence). The pair get picked up by the military to track down The Hellfire Club, a gang of mutants lead by former Nazi scientist, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and his own personal telepath/girlfriend(?) Emma Frost (Janurary Jones). Having a common enemy, Xavier and Raven team up with a former concentration-camp imprisoned mutant, Erik Lensherr, later known as Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who wants Shaw's head. Soon after, the trio expand into an entire team known as the X-Men, all on a mission to hunt down Shaw.


Standouts:
I didn't see the need for the character Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) which was forced down our throat. I get the importance of having a protagonist lost in the woods so that the viewing audience both feels grounded to the terms of the understandable and rational in this fictional world, and so that we find out things as they find out, but MacTaggert added nothing to the film. She was a powerless, non-mutant, without an interesting thing about her other than another character's jealousy. I also thought that the ending scene dragged on and could have been condensed into a much more powerful moment.


My Highlights:
Finding Wolverine, Beast in Beast-mode, and Magneto dawning the helmet.


Overall Rating:
A great superhero film, but not one I was as engrossed in as much as Spider-Man 1, 2, Iron-Man, or The Dark Knight. Those were near-perfect films for their genre, and this is just a really great film. I award this film a strong 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you're a fan of action films, sci-fi films, or comic book films, definitely see this right away. Otherwise, just see it when it comes to cable. I'm sure FX Network or something will pick up on it within the next year or two.

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