Watching X-men First Class was like watching Rajnis Robot-low on story, at times amateurish and yet amazingly entertaining with superior graphics.
A prequel to the earlier films in the X-Men series, X-Men First Class tells the story of how the gang actually grouped together and their first brush with the lesser non mutant human beings.
The film scores high with some smart and slick story telling. Being a prequel to the series, the onus is on introducing and explaining the howand-why of every character and its behavior. This the film does in detail. What it also does is entertain along the side.
Action sequences are galore, with submarines flying, men throwing fire rays and women flying with dragon-fly like wings. The film is treated with an authentic comic strip kind of an assured casualness. This helps, since at no time does the film take it self too seriously.
The characters are detailed with love, each showing off their strengths and insecurities equally well, making the audience empathize with every one of them. Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) sort of form the moral fulcrum of the film. This is one super hero film with no definite villain as such, though Kevin Bacons megalomaniacal act does make an impressive bad guy.
Paced well and intelligently, X-Men First Class does well to avoid the 3D trap most Hollywood films are falling into these days. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, it is a simple tale of not so simple mutants, told extremely simply. Made with an intention of infusing a fresh lease of life into the franchisee, this definitely makes you hungry for more installments.