Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, adventure, superhero
Running Time: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon

“X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.” – 20th Century Fox

Verdict: This is definitely the best installment of the X-Men film series. It’s well written and executed. Director Matthew Vaughn did what the other directors of the series didn’t manage to; he made it genuinely epic and entertaining, and it’s done without having Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to carry the show. Perhaps the only downsides of the film are the minor storyline flaws, and lead actor James McAvoy. I thought he didn’t perform that well as protagonist Charles Xavier/Professor X.

Favourite scene/quote: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman): “Go fuck yourself.” (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Minor flaws: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) It’s sad to say that Wolverine’s hilarious little cameo appearance is the perhaps most obvious flaw in the movie. It wasn’t mentioned that Xavier & Magneto had approached him before in the original film. Also, Xavier has known Mystique almost his whole life but why didn’t it seem that way at all in the original trilogy? (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Lacks of emotional engagement: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Xavier was portrayed as an intelligent flirt who doesn’t even use his ability to get chicks. He’s so full of himself, he doesn’t even wanna shave his head even when he was asked to. So how come he doesn’t seem devastated at all when he lost the use of his legs? Not sure if we should blame the director or the actor for this. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Second opinion: “I liked the movie. Normally I’d be bored watching this kind of shows but this one was actually good.” – Iris Loong

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