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A mixed review,
This review is from: X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy) (DVD)
As a huge fan of the X-Men comics, cartoons and movies, my feelings about this are mixed. I do of course like anything that involves the characters I fell in love with when I was ten years old. But with this I felt quite...let down.
I understand that writers do have to take some artistic license in creating such movies and that not every detail can be absolutely accurate, but everything in this movie suggests that either none of it happened in the universe of the first four movies we've seen!
Various things stand out (to people who pay attention, and to die hard fans) which just really don't allow me to see this movie as a proper working mechanism in the machine of the franchise. It gives a good back story to both Professor X and Magneto (but again, things stated in the 'later' films prove to have not happened at all in this movie - such as how Magneto and Professor X met). It's utterly bewildering and so little attention to detail was paid that it just took me right out of it entirely and left me sitting there annoyed that so many errors were made that would make it hard to match it in sequence to what comes in the other movies.
Really hated the cast of mutants that Xavier had brought together and none of them were really memorable or important other than Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult did decently here at an American character), Xavier himself and Magneto.
Truthfully, the younger 'hipper' cast could have just been axed from the movie completely and let the story focus on Magneto, Professor X and Beast (their stories were interesting enough without the supporting cast. January Jones portrayal of Emma Frost was just absolutely horrible; beautiful as she may be, she just did not stand up in such a dominating and icy role (sorry, there's more to the White Queen character than being pretty and blonde in white underwear!). James McAvoy did a decent job given the material he had to work with but it was Michael Fassbender who really stole the whole show - he was incredible as a young Magneto, and just played it perfectly (it's much easier to imagine young Magneto sliding into the role of Old Magneto than it is, for instance, to imagine James McAvoy doing the same for Professor Xavier).
An okay film, but if you're a die-hard fan of the franchise, for the love of God, try to imagine it as a 'stand alone' version before viewing.