If you are looking for an excellent summer blockbuster movie to go see in theaters look no further. X-Men: First Class is such an astonishing film. I will lay this out there and say that I was never a fan of the previous X-Men movies but this one grabbed my attention when I started hearing good reviews on it. I had only seen the trailer a couple of times and also the clip that I had posted earlier so I made sure that I didn’t over hype this for myself. Not only did the storyline have good depth as a prequel, the acting was superb.
If you have seen any of the other X-Men movies you know that Professor X and Magneto are archenemies later in life, but this movie shows how this has become so. Like I stated earlier this is a prequel so we go all the back to each of their childhoods and their young adult lives. As young adults the two of them, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, were friends and partners working on mastering their powers together. They were also working together to find and help train other mutants in harnessing their powers so they could join the team that needed to defeat the current threat that endangered the world, Sebastian Shaw. While attempting to come together to destroy the world’s threat they created a much more terrible thing. They created hatred towards mutants and therefore the rift between Professor X and Magneto began.
The acting in X-Men: First Class was something else. It seems Michael Fassbender who played Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) stole the show. Don’t get me wrong everyone else was great however it just felt like this was his movie. Fassbender’s take on Magneto took it to a new level. Seeing how he was able to make Magneto such a darker character than you saw in the other X-Men movies and also seeing the raw emotions put into the acting was just fascinating. James McAvoy played Charlies Xavier and did an excellent job as well. I think that McAvoy’s portrayal of Xavier was spot on. While watching the film you can easily understand how each character ends up getting to the point they did in the other films. Let’s not forget Kevin Bacon who played Sebastian Shaw. Bacon did a great job playing the villain throughout the film. It felt like there was great chemistry between the two leads. Not only did the leads have great chemistry, I think the entire supporting cast had good chemistry.
I found myself more entertained throughout the movie than I originally thought I was going to be. I was kind of expecting action all of the time instead of the character building that was present. Don’t get me wrong there was still plenty of action throughout the film, but there was just as much character building to match. It was an interesting match to see the storytelling of the relationship between the two leads of Fassbender and McAvoy. It felt like the storyline hit everything that it needed to hit and more. Also, like I stated earlier, I felt like the casting for each of the characters was done perfect. It’s great to see Fassbender evolve his acting into what he was able to do throughout X-Men: First Class.
As awesome as the movie came out to be there were still some things that I didn’t like. Personally, I felt like the villains were kind of lacking. I’m not a big X-Men fan so I don’t follow any of it besides this movie, so I don’t really know the back story to any of the characters, however they kind of left a bitter taste in my mouth. I understand that this movie was more so meant to show how Professor X and Magneto became archenemies but at the same time I didn’t see or feel any depth to the villains. For instance Azazel, Angel Salvadore and Emma Frost were the main ones that bothered me. They were just kind of there taking up the screen. I’m not sure if it was their acting that bothered me or just their lack of character depth.
Regardless of the little things that bothered me, I still find X-Men: First Class to be an awesome movie. The astonishing acting by both Fassbender and McAvoy set the stage for the movie. Personally, I feel that Fassbender stole the show with his take on his character, but they both did excellent. If you get an opportunity to check out this movie, jump on it and don’t look back. Even if you don’t like the X-Men series it still turned out very good.
X-Men: First Class – 9/10