X-MEN Frist Class, Film Review
When it was announced, that there would be a new X-Men movie. With none of the current casts. I thought great another reboot of another comic book franchised.
Saying that, that is not the case with the film.
X-Men: First Class, is the story of how Charles Xavier & Erik Lensherr became friends and then enemies. There is a lot history between the two and Xavier first class of X-Men. Way too much to put into a movie that is only two hours long.
What Brian Singer (returning as a Producer.) has done is to take the important parts history of these two people and put it together in a story that is suited for the film audience, while at the same time keeping the story in the real world, just like the last four X-Men films. (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand & Wolverine: Origins.)
Most of the story is set in the 60’s and leads up to how the Cuban Missile Crises came about and how it was resolved. This gives the film a slight of the classic Bond movies, but not taking it to far. Which helps sell the era the film is set in.
Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) has written a fine story though reader of the comics might think WTF with some major character changes, such as Dr. Moira MacTaggert being a CIA agent and not a fellow student with Xavier at Cambridge University. Is that a bad thing, well that depends on how much of a hard core fan you are. As I have not really read the X-Men comics it does not bother me too much.
James McAvoy does a great job as Xavier. He has stated in interview that he tired to copy how Patrick Stewart played the role but at the same time make it his own, and it shows.
Michael Fassbender is excellent as Erik Lensherr and he has great on screen chemistry with McAvoy.
The rest of the cast has been well casted over, a few of the characters seemed a little left out, and really did not have time to grow. But then this is the story of Xavier and Lensherr.
The film moves along at a nice pacing, but there is no real stand out moments. Except for a great little cameo from Hugh Jackman & blink and you miss her Rebecca Romijn. Both actors reprise their roles from the previous X-Men films.
Because of the two cameos and the storyline it does not mean that Fox has decided to wipe the history of the previous films. As X-Men: First Class is a set up to the other films.
With two sequels planned to follow this film, which will also be prequels, and the planned Wolverine: Origins sequel. It’s a safe bet that Fox don’t plan on rebooting this Franchise any time soon.
I give this film 8 of 10.
Professor Charles Xavier: We have it in us to be the better men.
Erik Lehnsherr: We already are.