June 06, 2011

Haiku Revieu: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class (**** 1/2)

Made me so nervous
Great acting and characters
Let's forget the third

First off, I had some pretty major reservations about this movie. I'm still a bit burned from the-movie-that-shall-not-be-named, the way it treated some of my most favorite characters and how it attempted to bring the X-Men franchise to a screeching halt. But the more I saw about First Class, the more excited I got. And I wasn't let down, at all.

There's excellent backstory in this film, and it actually ties into the previous X-Men films in a way that makes me think this is an attempt at healing what was once slashed to bits. Does it tie into the comics exactly? My sources say no. (I've never actually read an X-Men comic, I get my info from the 90s cartoons, the Internet and people in the know.) But that doesn't mean that it's not an excellent movie, or that it doesn't do justice to the basic X-Men story.

The younger versions of Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto were played to near perfection by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Are they exactly the older men we know? No. But you can see how they would grow into them. Their relationship in this movie explains so much about their future.

(Semi-tangent time: Before seeing the film, I read this article about James McAvoy's wish to be in a Star Trek film. At the end of the article, there's this line:
We have it! He could play a younger version of Next Generation's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard come back in time to Abrams' alternate timeline!
Of course, this is the author being silly. However, there are a few scenes in First Class during which all I could think about was the connections between Young Xavier and Young Jean-Luc Picard ... Am I the only one who got this nerdy?)

It was great to see some other mutants we've never met before, too. So many connections to those we're all familiar with but ... fresh faces who bring new insight.

The most distracting thing in the movie, to me, was Kevin Bacon. He's just so ... Kevin Bacon. Also, there were some issues with the sound in our theater, which distracted a bit from the movie. At least, I hope the loud, joint-cracking/metal crunching noises were only in our showing, not actual sound effects in the film. (If you've seen the movie, did you experience this?)

I definitely think we're 2 for 2 so far this summer regarding superhero movies. Green Lantern and Captain America: I'm looking at you to keep the streak alive.


  1. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I tried to avoid spoilers and watching trailers. I guess it worked, because I really liked it. And wasn't the wardrobe just fabulous!?! OMG I found myself drooling for almost all the dresses and jackets. I do however have some gripes. For example, black dude dying first?! w. t. f? Havok..... HAVOK???? But this is the only griping I'm gonna do, because it really was a good film.

    As far as the sound problem, can't recall having one at our theater. =^.^=

  2. Good points, Emilia! Darwin dying so quickly was pretty ridiculous. I don't know much about Havoc—other than that he's supposed to be Scott's younger brother, so I didn't mind him much.

    And yes, I was loving the fashion. The suits were impeccable! I want to find one for my mister, haha! :)

  3. I didn't watch anything about this before I saw it in theaters and I thought it was pretty great! I loved X-Men and especially X-2 and I was so sad that X-3 was sooooooo bad. I would have gladly followed the franchise to many movies. Luckily, with this reboot, I can! Also, McAvoy and Fassbender were hot and they were absolutely great in this movie.

  4. Glad you enjoyed it too, Jen. I figured you would, since we seem to have similar (good) taste. ;)