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X-Men: First Class (Spoilers)

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Bob Morris

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: X-Men: First Class (Spoilers) Reply with quote

So after seeing that Green Lantern was getting panned by the critics, but that many of them liked X-Men: First Class, I decided to give the latter one a shot.

I really enjoyed how they did the origin of Magneto. Dare I say that Michael Fassbender does a better job of portraying Magneto than Ian McKellen did. Of course, they were showing Magneto at a younger age but I loved how Fassbender really made Magneto somebody you can sympathize with, but at the same time, you feel his actions are taking things a bit too far.

James McAvoy did well as Charles Xavier... again, understandable you aren't going to cast Patrick Stewart in the role given it's Xavier at a younger age. I still think Stewart's performance was better, but I thought McAvoy did well in his role.

I though they did a good job of addressing the subplots as well, such as how Hank McCoy became The Beast and how Mystique ultimately sides with Magneto. I also thought Sebastian Shaw was a good villian to have... a good contrast to Magneto, who isn't supposed to be your typical villian, as in, he's not truly evil and has a good motive for his issues with humans, whereas Shaw is simply evil to begin with.

I thought Matthew Vaughn was quite good as the director, not allowing the film to get too campy but, at the same time, willing to inject humor when it was called for. I also though the Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romjin cameos were quite clever.

While not in the class of Iron Man as far as superhero movies go, it's a good film nonetheless. I wouldn't mind Vaughn sticking around to direct a sequel (as I believe that's what Marvel wants) and seeing what he can do in developing the origins of other characters yet not distracting from what I presume would be the focus: the conflict between Xavier and Magneto.
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