X-Men: First Class

I don’t have a super long review for this one, but I have to say, I am a big X-Men fan. I’m not a fanatic, I don’t read the comic books, and some of them have been a little iffy, but this one definitely hit it spot on.

A prequel to all of the X-Men adventures, it follows the lives of Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), played by Michael Fassbender, from small children to the fouding of Professor X’s academy. Each one of them does a terrific job in their own characters, and the movie is surprisingly character driven. Even though there are of course the given special effects of things blowing up, people with fantastic super powers (such as having dragon-fly wings, or being able to shape-shift), the movie moves along as the characters progress, which makes it the good movie that it was.

Kevin Bacon plays a bad guy of rather unknown origins (all we know is that as a young man he sided with the Nazis, although wasn’t German or Eastern European of any sort…). He helps along the Russians in the Cold War, prompting them to place nuclear weapons in Cuba after the US dares to place them in Turkey. The movie follows the progression of the Cold War as if it was truly directed by the existence of mutants. Beyond the details, the actual overarching themes are rather historical, which is kind of nice.

Overall, a very entertaining, character-driven film that reached it’s potential. Throughout the film there are some pretty funny jokes are Xavier’s hair, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Given where they end this one, there is a definite possibility of fitting in another pre-quel, from say 1963 to 1982? I vote yes!

By the way, I know that I’ve said this before, but Michael Fassbender IS my future husband. So back off.


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