Review of X- MEN: First Class
I just returned from seeing, X-Men: First Class, and I thought I’d give a review. (Some spoilers, nothing major)
I groaned when I saw Kevin Bacon as Shaw (I like Bacon, but in a comic book movie, it seemed like a weird pick) , but he did a good job.
Rose Byrne did a great job and helped to reduce the campiness.
The Wolvie Scene was funny.
James McAvoy (Prof. X) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) both did an amazing job. They carried this movie.
January Jones looks stunning. Marvel couldn’t draw a better-looking Emma Frost.
And the Ugly
I understand that the film is set in the sixties, but it felt like an Austin Powers sequel much of the time. “Groovy Mutations man!”
The lil’ X-men feel completely tacked on. They barely do anything. The entire movie should have just been Prof. X and Magneto. Besides a training montage, they movie really have nothing to do with the first class.
Beast looks like a teen wolf.
The “birth of a monster” scene with 12-year old Magneto could have been really cool but flopped. It’s like someone said, “Hey remember the Frankenstein scene in Revenge of the Sith? Make something that lame.”
Diamond-form Emma Frost was super lame. (It pains me to say this, because I fear it will hurt the chances that January and I will get back together…but it is true).
Even though the helmet looked better this time around, its impossible to not look like a huge tool when you’re wearing it. (And they even nod to that that fact in the movie)
Azazel (played by Jason Flemyng) looked like he stumbled in off the Buffy Reunion set. Super mega ultra lame.
Riptide, worst henchman yet. He looks like a Tag Heuer model.
Overall- it was a pretty good movie (C+ / B-). I’m pretty hard on movies, but it was worth the ticket price.