X-Men: First Class A Must See!
I have to, without hesitation, describe this movie as “phenomenal”.
To be honest, I was apprehensive about seeing this movie because the X-Men movie franchise has let me down so much over the years. The quality of the past X-movies has been in steady decline leading up to the penultimate disaster that is “Wolverine-Origins.” Growing up with the X-Men cartoon and comics, I had to give the new Xmovie a chance. Surprisingly, I was totally blown away. As a prequel to the other movies in the X-franchise, we are offered a chance to see how many of the characters like Magneto and Charles Xavier (played by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy) became the heroes and villains they were destined to be. I was on the edge of my seat for much of the movie out of sheer excitement. Matthew Vaughn, the director, did a spectacular job telling the story of this group of people born different from “normal” humans, discovering who they are as individuals as they figure our where their species fits in a world that fears and hates them. Between intense character development and well-crafted battles, there was not a dull moment in this movie.
X-men First Class is cast to perfection in both the characters who were chosen to be featured in the movie and the actors who were cast to portray them. Fassbender and McAvoy are very accomplished and respected stars in Europe and they gave new humanity to the characters of Magneto and Xavier effectively blurring the line between good and evil. There were many moments in the movie that I found myself unsure which path I would take to achieve acceptance…the pacifist idealistic approach of Xavier or the more aggressive stance of Magneto. Zoe Kravitz (the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet) made her big screen debut as the sultry Angel Salvadore. There were also some really cool cameos that will leave X-Men fans salivating.
This movie had every component of an instant classic. A great cast of talented actors, a gripping storyline with a deeper moral lesson imbedded underneath the epically timed fight scenes and grandiose FX. As I type this I am making plans to spend another$10 to see “X-Men First Class” again, and that’s saying a lot when you consider steep gas prices and the recession. Go see this movie; it will leave you satisfied more than you have ever been…okay maybe not but still go see it! BEST SUMMER MOVIE SO FAR!!
-Michael Barlow for The “HIGH UP”