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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Movie Review

I’ll be the first to say that I love a good, unique comic book movie.  Emphasis on the word “unique,” though.  The fact of the matter is that comic book movies are made so frequently that I’ve lost a lot of interest when I see a trailer for some newly adapted superhero or a sequel to something that might have been good the first time around, but wouldn’t need a successor.  Judging by the trailers to X-Men: First Class, however, I was thinking it wouldn’t fall into the clichés.  And does it live up to my excitement?  Well, sort of.

X-Men: First Class is the fifth film in the X-Men series.  It’s set in the 1960s and it follows the origins of Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), formerly referred to as Charles and Erik.  We get to see all of the first-draft mutants, including early versions of Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), banding together for the first time during the Cold War.

Watching the movie, I admired how director Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass) handled the 1960s setting, as well as the characters.  There are a large amount of mutants in the mix, however none of them were overshadowed.  They all had an equal amount of screen time and were interesting to watch.

That might as well be due to the actors in the movie, however, who do a very nice job for the most part.  The standouts for me were James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Kevin Bacon as one despicable baddie.

However, the problem with X-Men: First Class is that I always felt a layer of glass between the film and me.  I never felt like I was really with any of these characters or wildly invested in the story.  And while I think the characters and story are both handled well, there should have been a stronger connection.

Also, I am constantly seeing full 5/5 ratings for this movie, and I’m not exactly clear why.  I’ll admit that it is a very good comic book movie.  Heck, it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in recent years.  However, it didn’t really blow me away as much as other comic book movies have.  I never felt the wow-factor that I loved feeling in movies like The Dark Knight and, ironically, Kick-Ass.

Overall, I’d be lying to myself if I said I didn’t enjoy the movie.  However, I don’t think it’s much more than just a very well done popcorn movie.

FINAL RATING: 4/5

Share your thoughts in the comments below!  The film is in theaters now.

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  1. Eric
    June 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    great review but i really actually loved this film the relationships were well developed the characters were greatly developed i thought. also it is exactly what a summer movie has to be and also i was greatly invested in the story and the characters. i think i might give it 5/5 but in my written review right now it is 4.5/5 i might change that. but anyways great review as always and its your opinion. keep up the good work.

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