X-Men: First Class

by - June 13, 2011 - - 2 Comments »

I was nervous watching X-Men: First Class. That’s right nervous. The poor excuse for a movie called Wolverine had that much of an impact on my psyche. (My face probably looked like LeBron’s in the Finals while watching them destroy my favorite character and childhood with that crapfest.)

The X-Men hold a special place in my heart. In the nerd realm of my brain they are at the forefront. Luckily for me and anyone else who bought a ticket, this film stays far above the Wolverine quality line.

While it may not be faithful to the comic book continuity, it is faithful to the spirit (where Wolverine missed the mark, I didn’t like that movie). Besides, they had a film universe continuity to worry about.

X-Men: First Class is essentially a story about Charles Xavier and Magneto. A story that is told and acted brilliantly. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender kill it. They are basically perfect. Both their character arcs feel very real. We see the seeds planted for Professor X to begin his dream for peaceful co-existence between mutants and humans, all while witnessing him futilely attempt to do so alongside his friend Erik, who is destined to become his greatest enemy. We understand and empathize with both. And we watch as possibly the two most powerful mutants on the planet realize their potential for the first time.

As a result, the side characters are lacking. Other than Beast and Mystique, they are not really developed and many of the performances are stale or dull. They are but a vehicle to further the development of the two main players as they attempt to avert nuclear war and thwart Sebastian Shaw (played fairly awesomely by Kevin Bacon).

These are minor complaints for a movie that nobly restores the X-Men franchise back to the big screen, thoroughly develops the two biggest pillars of its universe and is so much better than Wolverine.

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2 Responses to “X-Men: First Class”

  1. Dan says:

    i love super hero debates on whos the most powerful(mutants are close enough). Although professor x is the most powerful telepath in all of comics, but im sorry magneto and professor x arent even close to the most powerful mutants in either the x-men comic book series or in all of marvel comics

  2. Antonio says:

    I def agree w/ your assessment of x-men 1st class. Great movie 2nd best comic book adaption,the dark knight being 1st…But i feel this is a very close 2nd. I saw some parallels w/ Star Wars characters. Professor X being the obie wan kenobe of the movie while erik(magneto) being the Darth Vader. Charlies Xavier,just like Obie wan becomes a mentor for ,magneto. And for the most part Erik listens to him. But just like when Anakin becomes Darth Vader,Erik becomes magneto out of a pretty tragic young childhood/circumstances.This all works for me. I hope it makes enough box office coin to warrant a sequel.

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