Don’t believe the hype.
- Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
- James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X
- Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
- Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique
- Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm
- Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey Grammer as Hank McCoy/Beast
- Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde
- Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
- Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman
- Omar Sy as Bishop
- Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus
- Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
- Fan Bingbing as Blink
- Adan Canto as Sunspot
- Booboo Stewart as Warpath
- Josh Helman as Major William Stryker
- Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok:
This story has been done in almost every iteration of the franchise known as the X-men.
The story is more familiar with those who were born in the late 70s/80s via comics by the legendary, Chris Claremont; and later by the cool kids who watched the X-men cartoons on fox kids (see above). Since then, it was last seen in comic form (if I’m not mistaken) in the Ultimate Comics version of X-men or the T.v. cartoon, “Wolverine and the X-men”. Whichever was first. But more on that in another post..
The X-Men are, simply put, the white versions of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X with mutant powers Prof. X and Magneto respectively). Their powers could be said to be accurate to their Real life, black inspirations. But that’s another story all on its own. From where we left them we saw Prof. X crippled and Magneto forming the first Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants. Time passes and then we’re in the future. In my personal opinion this was the(ir) first mistake of sorts. Well… in the way it was handled. I’m all for dystopian futures and stuff of that sort but, this was just a very flat portion of the film. Sentinels are shown here as these giant leap in the line of defence. However, as cool as they are, we’re all gathered to see the X-Men kick ass. To put it lightly, that doesnt happen to much.
Honestly, I need to just get this off my chest. What really bothers me, is the made up for the sake it, power that Kitty Pryde aka Shadow Cat has. As an avid movie goer, it works. But as a fan, its a giant piss off.
Ok, back to this story. One of the best things between all the films is Prof. X desire to inspire hope and confidence in humans and mutants alike all while battling his best friend in Magneto. One of the best performances you will probably see this summer comes from Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in a plane. The intensity of it and the dire need for it is amazing. Then past that was the real purpose of this story; To see where Charles got to become the hopeful inspiration he is. Those are very interesting elements and I thought, of anything else, Bryan Singer really captured that marvelously. By the end of the film you’re just happy he pulled the first ever movie retcon to a franchise that desperately needed it.
There was a lot of hate on the look of new comer Quicksilver and its understandable. I still think the choices behind his look were stupid. But it does make sense within the story. Its the 70s. A time where basically anything goes and it was very much the boom of of society as we see it and/or know it today. The actor was tremendously casted as well. I wouldn’t say be on the look out for him but, I’m sure he will be back in the next X-Men movie. More on this dude later. Wolverine was very much the tent pole character he’s been since the first movie 14 years ago. He was a brute individual who basically got caught up in the words and actions of prof.X and his fellow X-Men. Jackman has played many various mindsets with this character and if he decided to retire from the role, I wouldn’t be mad. I think in his acting range he’s exhausted all abilities to the character. Plus he keeps hinting he’s done anyway. Aside from that, the future set of mutants didn’t really do much for me. I enjoyed them. But in terms of development, I don’t think anything new was added. I would have liked to seen a bit more of their story. Writer, Simon Kinberg said it was his vision to show you the “end” to original actors. But not to rule anything out.
My biggest flaws with this are the pacing, character relationships, and lack of music. As cool as the fights and action was. I felt it was all very short and uninspired. Bryan Singer isn’t the best for fight scenes, the best one he was in charge of was and still is X2:X-Men United. This felt like a natural progression to X-Men First class, but it lacked a lot in the action and showing the best of the powers with the added new mutants. The overall look and pacing was off. It was funny but not entirely consistent. It was dry but not sand paper dry (thank the Lord). Theres one point where Iceman and Shadow Cat run by each other and have some weird moment. And for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. That would have been great to see what happened to their love over the years from X3: Last Stand. Beyond that it just felt off. Didn’t seem to get a rhythm going until after the first 40 mins. Then you have the “very odd given the circumstances” love between Charles and Raven aka Mystique. Sorry it just rubbed me the wrong way and sort of came out of left field. Music is probably the most important part to a movie or anything you watch. Its very suggestive and I feel with the epicness that was First Class, this was a giant let down. Another thing that sort of bothered me, was the swtiching back and forth with the current style of film and what I’m guessing was 16mm film. It was natural given the period but felt out of place because as a movie.. who exactly is looking at that reel? We were (mentally) following Wolverine. Why are we seeing that?
Bottom line: I think this is perfect for simple movie watching with no history known or prior memory of the other iterations of this story. The lack of a epic score really dumbs this movie down and where the editing is concerned it is isn’t the strongest. Its not a terrible film but its NO WHERE NEAR THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME. Avengers still happened, Captain America still happened, The Dark Knight still happened, Iron Man still happened… THE FIRST CHRIS REEVES MOVIE STILL HAPPENED… so… yea.
Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten
- Overall rating of the movie: 7.2 out of 10,
- Cinematography: 7.2 out of 10,
- Editing: 6.9 out of 10,
- Audio: 5 out of 10 (Score was lacking),
- Acting: 8 out of 10,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy add if you have the others in the series so far. Only getting it for the special features.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW