I Saw A Film Today… X-Men: First Class

Much like Pirates of the Caribbean, the X-Men series of films has lost its original luster over the years. The somewhat dark and brooding nature of the first film that made it so original and so fresh was somewhat lost in the jumbled sequel. I have also made it a particular effort to forget about the messiness that was X-Men: The Last Stand. And as much as I like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, his X-Men: Origin film was mediocre. But as is the current trend in Hollywood, Marvel decided it was time to revamp the series with a prequel, X-Men: First Class.

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In 1962, the Soviet Union and Americans are at the height of the Cold War with the Cuban missile Crisis. The CIA is looking for alternative ways of overpowering their red comrades and have looked into the possibility of mutant powers. For this, Agent MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) seeks the advise of Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence).

What MacTaggert doesn’t know is that Charles and Raven are in fact mutants and they are more than willing to help bring peace between the two nations. They decide that the best way to do this is by enlisting other mutants. This leads to the introduction of Xavier’s best friend Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), a mutant with the ability to manipulate metals.

But what is the real threat for Xavier and the team? Another mutant named Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) recruiting mutants in order to begin World War three? Or does the rivalry friendship between Charles and Erik threat a split between the team?

To say this is the best film to come from the X-Men franchise is not a far reach of the imagination. It also is probably one of the best prequels hollywood has put out since the genre came into existence. It’s loud and noisy action, but not mindlessly done so.

Not only is this film a fresh renewal of the stale series, the film is better put together. The story isn’t thrown together recklessly. It was handled with care, even if they do write a whole new chapter in history (hey, it works in Inglourious Bastards). And the best scenes of the film are between McAvoy and Fassbender. Their friendship comes across genuine yet the coldness of Erik and the aiding nature of Charles set up the eventual deterioration of said friendship.

And the rest of the cast is great as well, for the most part. Admittedly some feel like they were thrown in just to be in it. And the only cast member that really did nothing for me is the character that everyone seems to rave about, Emma Frost. January Jones gives a unispired performance but  seems to get praise for it. Go figure.

X-Men is a step above Thor, which is quite an accomplishment. I can honestly say that I look forward to the next X-Men.

Verdict: SEE IT!

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2 Responses to “I Saw A Film Today… X-Men: First Class”

  1. I agree. I hope the just pretend X-Men 3 and Wolverine: Origins does not exist. If they do, I would not mind the new X-Men: First Class series of films to be the new canon and not need to constrict itself to relate to the events of the X-Men movies in the 2000s. It’s certain, they’re going to make the X-Men: First Class into a trilogy of it’s own, but I’ve also heard talk of making an X4 and X5. Who knows. haha. But yeah, In short, I just hope it becomes a reboot like what became of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

    Great review!

    Also, here’s my amateur review of X-Men: First Class.
    http://ghostofside3.tumblr.com/post/6164976024/an-amateur-review-of-x-men-first-class#notes

  2. It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel. The performances from the whole cast, especially McAvoy and Fassbender add a lot to these great characters as well. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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