X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains ...more
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. less
“Unlike the previous films, this one explains how it all started and is more of a story teller rather than pure action. If you are a fan of the X-Men trilogy, this one is a must watch. If you dont fancy action flicks similar to this, give it a skip.”
After having watched and loved the trilogy of X-Men, anything that could match that level was difficult let alone go a step higher. This movie which explains how it all started is clearly more of a story teller than pure action and special effects which makes it the best X-Men movie till date.
The plot starts in the parallel universes of Charles Xavier, James McAvoy and Eric Lehnsherr, Michael Fassbender. While Charles' life is filled with education and wisdom, Eric's life is a revenge saga to avenge the death of his mother. The paths of the duo cross and they become good friends to fight and finish the artificially mutated Sebastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon. They form their armies and form friends and foes along the way until they collectively defeat Shaw.
This movie is of the 'Batman Begins' genre where the story is given more importance than action. The relationships between Prof Charles and Magneto are thoroughly explained. The movie feels like a perfect prequel riding on the success of its predecessors. Visually the movie is decent. Nothing that blows away your mind but still very enchanting. Background score could have been a little innovative and could have been improved. The scenes where Xavier and Magneto find and help the other mutants train were the highlight for me.
Michael FassBender stands out as Magneto. He brings the character to life. James McAvoy is good as a young energetic Charles Xavier but such is the impact of Patrick Stewart (Prof Xavier from the trilogy) that it is hard to imagine some one else as Prof Xavier. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique looks stunning and does a decent job as the naive mutant. Kevin Bacon plays the part of a invincible villain to perfection.
Writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz do a fantabulous job. A story well told. Even though most of the times you expected what was going to follow, it was story telling of the finest order. Director Matthew Vaughn is building a strong fan base in a short time. After penning and directing Kick Ass, he dons the directors hat for X-Men and does a darn good job. At a running time of a little over 2 hrs, the movie runs at a smooth pace keeping the viewer engrossed at all times.
Reasons to watch: 1) X-Men series fan 2) Find out the origins of the first X-Men 3) Great story plus Great action
Reasons to skip: 1) Don really care about super hero movies.