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5.0 out of 5 stars
A TRIUMPH! I LOVED IT!, 24 Jun 2011
I am fan of the X Men series and have found all the films to be reasonably entertaining and thought provoking, particularly the first two X films, I even quite liked Wolverine and thought that the critics were a bit hard on it.
Anyway this film has to be one of the best comic book adaptations that I have ever seen, it may even be up there with Batman Begins and Watchmen on my all time Top 5 Superhero Film List! My word I really am a film geek ha ha.
I loved it from start to finish and when I walked out of the theater I immediately wanted to go and see it for another viewing which very rarely happens to me.
It is intelligent, bold film making from Matthew Vaughn and his amazing production team who apparently were all working to a really tight deadline to get the film finished on time. Vaughn said in an interview to Empire Magazine that he took up drinking coffee again because he was so exhausted during the 6 month shoot.
Loads of credit must also go to the screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn with Bryan Singer as one of the producing team (the story was created by him).
This film is so slick and stylish and a lot of people are saying that it has a James Bond feel to it because it is set in the 60s and I very much agree! The 1960s setting of X-Men: First Class was technologically inspired by the James Bond films of that era, also adding to the international feel of the characters. The X-Men costumes looked much more as they did in the original comics compared with the first three films. It has so many elements to it and as much as it is an action film with stupendous special effects, it could also be watched as a stand alone drama because it deals with so many serious issues such as revenge, discovering yourself and being accepted into society.
As we all know X-Men: First Class is a prequel to the X-Men film series. The film is set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis so it also falls into the political thriller genre too. It focuses on the relationship between Charles Xavier and Magneto and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were the perfect pair to play the younger Professor X and Magneto - These two boys can seriously act and they don't imitate Stewart and Mckellen but rather make these characters their own.
Fassbender kicks ass and seeing him develop into his alter ego Magneto was just absolute quality! He makes a great villain but a villain we feel sorry for after what he went through in the concentration camps.
For me was by far the best thing about the thing film!
We are meeting these characters at a point where they are still finding out who they are and you are still seeing some of the events that shaped them, not through their early life, but some of the key events in the sort of equal rights or civil rights struggle that helped shape them.
This film demonstrates the briskest and most efficient storytelling I've seen in any recent blockbuster. An awful lot happens, and awfully quickly at times, but it's all clear and while some nice moments might be over in the blink of an eye, this can only reward repeat viewers.
X-Men: First Class manages to be a superhero comic book movie with something to say! It has everything from great drama, political espionage, incredible action scenes with outstanding special effects and comedy!
I give it 5 stars, it is the best film this year so far and apparently they are going to be making a whole series of these films! Let's just hope they don't run this one into the ground, too, because I dread seeing an X-Men: Economy Class down the line!