Review: X-Men: First Class
Finally, the X-Men grace the silver screen.I am a comic book fan. In many ways this would already make my review bias but due to being so disillusioned by how the X-Men franchise has been handled, I went into this film somewhat discouraged.
So was I glad to walk out of this film filled with renewed hope for the continuing saga of mutantkind.
Set in a time before the previous films so that we, the viewer, can start in an era set apart from all that has come before, we find a younger Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr build the bond that will come to define their future relationship.
First and foremost, the strongest part of this movie is the cast (Bar a few exceptions...yes, I'm looking at you January Jones and Zoe Kravitz). The chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender is amazing, so much so that they truly create the belief that there is this brotherly love between Professor X and Magneto, albeit tainted by their ideals.
The story is also excellent, well paced with action spread throughout and a believable enough situation being created involving the Cuban Missile Crisis which took place at the time this film is placed.
The effects are well done, with the representation of mutant powers being truly put on display.
Overall, as I said, this film truly revitalizes the franchise and has readied us, the audience, for a new bout of X-Men goodness.