So, the original X-Men movie came out in 2000. That’s eleven years ago. In eleven years, there has been a total of FIVE X-Men movies to date, counting the latest piece of work, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Well, does it live up to the hype?
In a word? Yes.
In a few more words, ehhhhh well let me explain…..
Now, for those of you keeping score. I’m not a big fan of the X-Men as a whole. I thought the first two films “X-Men” (duh) and “X-Men United” were both great films (and much better than Bryan Singers OTHER superhero movie…Emoman…). I thought “X-Men: The Last Stand” tried to shove too many concurrent storylines into one film, and made it a bit of a clusterfucky mess (read: Spiderman 3).
And than there was the Wolverine movie. Because despite the fact that all 3 “X-Men” movies were basically “The Wolverine Show featuring The X-Men” (in much the same regard as “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” became “The Tommy Oliver Show” after “Green With Evil”)-Fox Studios felt the need to make a solo Wolverine movie, with the “X-Men: Origins” tag line to it…and wow did it suck. I didn’t think a film could screw a character up more than they did with Venom in “Spiderman 3”-but wow….all I have to say is “Deadpool in the Wolverine movie”-and fans everywhere will cringe in horror.
This brings up to the SECOND X-Men reboot / prequel / sequel / thingy to come out. “First Class”. It…wasn’t bad. It was certainly better than the CGI trainwreck that was “Wolverine”-but that’s like saying you’d rather be mauled by a jaguar than a lion….you’re still dead in the end either way.
The acting was very well, and the casting was extremely good. The few nods about Charles Xavier not wanting to shave his head or go bald were mildly funny-and the way they paralyzed Xavier made alot of sense….I know, really?
The movie was really about Erik, aka Magneto. It almost makes me wonder if “First Class” isn’t the rumored “X-Men: Origins: Magneto” movie that was planned alongside Wolverine. The story delved into his backstory quite a bit, and explained who and what he was and stood for. It was a great little bit of character development for all the characters involved.
Speaking of characters, these X-Men movies have had a horrible track record of TRYING TO SHOVE TOO MANY CHARACTERS INTO THE MOVIE. Does “First Class” suffer from the same fate? No. Not really. There was a lot of recognizable cameos during the Cerebro Mutant Stalking scene (Storm, Cyclops, Jubilee, I think I saw Gambit in there….) and there was one REALLY FREAKING EPIC Cameo that I really don’t want to spoil for you. The movie had a lot of chuckle worthy humor in it-mainly from Professor Xavier (say whaa?) but this one scene actually made me laugh out loud.
The movie does feature a large number of mutants. The bad guys being: Sebastian Shaw, Azazel, Emma Frost, Angel (the girl) and
some guy who can make tornados…Riptide. The good guys being: Professor Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Havok, and Banshee. Darwin also makes an appearance-and guess what? He gets Venom’d…..because nobody cared about him anyways.
I would like to point out that Angel started as one of Xaviers recruits, and later turned heel joining Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club.
The overall plot of the movie is paced very well, and the characters develop ALOT in a short time span. “First Class” didnt clusterup the scene with too many characters (like “The Last Stand”) and actually named all the characters on screen (..Spiderman 3…granted I did have to google Riptide…) and didn’t seem to really short anyone out (“Wolverine”…..) or majorly screw up any characterization (…all of the above…). So while it didn’t stay 100% true to the source material, I can respect it, because it didnt majorly screw anything up and made its own unique little world.
Now, continuity is a big issue here-since this is OFFICIALLY a prequel to the Singer films. I dont remember the general plotline-but from the looks of things, it does throw “Wolverine” out of continuity (YAAAAYYY!!!! Thank you GAWD!).
Overall, I’d give X-Men: First Class a solid B. It was a fun movie, and even if you just want to see the super awesome cameo from an over exposed character-than its worth the price I paid for admission.
Oh, and by the way-why don’t you pick up all four X-Men movies on Blu Ray for like $45 bucks or so from my good friends at Amazon.com!