Sunday, June 5, 2011

X-Men: First Class Review

Now that's what I call a X-Men movie. A great great take on the origins of Professor X and Magneto, this movie had everything blue and yellow costumes, actual SR-71 Blackbird jet, Charles training he's students just everything you could ask for translated from comic to screen, hell even a quick cameo of freaking Wolverine. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender portray young Charles and Erik perfectly, it's amazing seeing 30 year old Charles using theories of evolution and mutation to pick up chicks then seeing a brutal Erik torturing and killing on he's hunt for Sebastian Shaw. The story was great, it nicely sets up everyone meeting each other, discovering the enemies plans, and then on to the final battle and separation.

Now I would call this a perfect movie, but alot of others would not agree, first this movie is set up as prequel to the X-Men trilogy and alot of what happen in the film actually does perfectly set up things for the trilogy but then there are inconsistencies that blew obvious connections out of the water like Charles and Erik only knowing each other for a couple weeks instead of years along with Charles being paralyzed at the end of this movie makes it not fit with the flashback at the beginning of X3 were Charles was still walking and still friends with Erik making this more of a reboot instead of a pure prequel. Other inconsistencies are Hank makes a early Cerebro, not Charles and Erik, and Erik get's he's telepathy blocking helmet in this film but was previous unheard of in X1. Then some fanboys might complain about the increase and change in powers and origin of Sebastian Shaw, and as a  20+ year fan of X-Men I didn't mind the changes it helped make a great story, my only real gripe would be I didn't like Magneto's costume at the end it look quickly thrown together for that scene and not as good as it could of been if actually designed and tested before time.

I don't mind this movie restarting the X-Men movie franchise, even though it's a period piece I definitely would love more movies off this one hopefully making a new trilogy. I give X-Men: First Class 10 out of 10 X-Genes. If a "Second Class" film is made I would love to see more mutants join Beast, Havok, and Banshee, and of course some never been on screen before villains like maybe Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch as teenage children of Magneto he didn't know he had.

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