Friday, June 3, 2011
I Geeked on Your X-Men First Class Review!
Thank Xavier for midnight screenings! As a long time X-whore I have been anticipating the release of First Class for months, I needed my X-movie fix. And all I can say is that this film delivered the goods. Will I call it the best of the series, Hells yes I will! The bad taste that was Wolverine Origins has been washed away (love you Hugh, but that movie was shit, just keeping it real).
Now, this film is labeled as a reboot/revision of the X universe, I personally took this film as a stand alone starting point clearing out the history we were given by the original trilogy. With that said, as a starting point for new X lore the foundation that Matthew Vaughn and crew created is rich and complex.
The film follows the "Bromance" (God, I love that word) between James McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr. Both men are at two different points in their lives and are forced together based on a combination of their genetic makeup and Sebastian Shaw (played perfectly by Kevin Bacon). Since this is the 1960's mutants are "in the closet" and are not publicly known. With the help of the CIA's Moria MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and the Man in Black (Oliver Platt) Xavier & Erik gather the first group of potential X-Men to halt Shaw's plans of coordinating a Nuclear War between the US and Russia.
Death, betrayal, love triangles, and acceptance (by the general public and ones self) all play a role in shaping these characters into what will become the first versions of the X-Men and the Brotherhood. The final 40 minutes or so are among the best moments of the film. Stand out performance goes to Michael Fassbender, his Magneto was brilliant, complex, and true to the source material. For me, the weak link was January Jone's Emma Frost. Yes, she looked the part, but her delivery wasn't there, truthfully she needed to be a bigger bitch.
The films comes in at around 2 hours and 11 minutes and I loved every second of it, the setup for more stories set in the 1960's is there, but I do hope that the rumors of the next "First Class" film being set in the 1970's is true; just to have a Disco dancing Dazzler on screen would be pure nerd joy.
Overall, this X-Men film had what I need, a compelling story, mutant on mutant fight scenes, character development (Mystique's arc is heartfelt and one of the films highlight's), uniforms that resembled the comic versions, and a cast that was fun to watch.
Lastly, there is no bonus scene after the credits but the films does have a few special cameo's that made my fan boy heart go a flutter. Now, go see this movie!