Tuesday, June 7, 2011
X-Men: First Class Does Not Disappoint
I saw X-Men: First Class last night at my movie stomping grounds Loews Waterfront. If you remember my comic book background based on my review of "Thor" you will know that I do not deem myself a comic book aficionado, but I have enough background to know a good movie when I see it. "X-Men: First Class" was exactly that, a good movie.
I always remember reading X-Men comics, playing the video games, and watching the cartoon, but the X-Men that I grew up with had already been portrayed in the theatre around 10 years ago. I knew the background of the Professor X vs. Magneto rivalry, but I guess it never occurred to me that there was a story line revolving around how they began on the same team. At a running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes, I was a bit weary thinking that this was too long for a comic book movie. Again, I was wrong. The plot was intriguing and moved at a fast pace with just enough action, special effects, and emotions so that my interest was always held. There were fabulous cameos spread throughout the movie which gave comic book fan boys ample opportunities to cheer or laugh at parts of the film that only comic book readers would understand.
The story line beginning with a young Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) showing his mutant strength within a Nazi concentration camp set the tone for a dark side of X-Men that I was not familiar with. There, young Erik developed his hatred for his rival throughout the film, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). The movie perfectly balanced the themes of good vs. evil, racism, acceptance, revenge, living in harmony, and evolution. These themes played played well as they took place during the Cold War Era and allowed people to see how the X-Men wanted to work for the good of their country, mankind, or the future mutant race. This then built into the classic rival that most people know between Professor X and Magneto.
"X-Men: First Class" will be a tough movie to beat as the Summer 2011 blockbuster films have already begun.
I rate this movie 4/5 stars.