Lindsey and I went to see X-Men: First Class on Friday, and it was pretty good. Before I get into the movie, allow me to say about the theater. Remember when I went to see Thor? That place in Indiana was a real dump, but the new place in State College was just the opposite. They had huge leather seats, the screens were very large, and the sound system was fantastic. You suck Indiana!
Anyways, back to the movie. It is set in the 1960s, Erik Lensherr is trying to find the man who killed his mother (Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon). He is like James Bond or Eric Bana in Munich. He travels to Argentina and kills some former Nazis (he mixes his magnetic control with some pretty tough fighting skills).
Meanwhile, Charles Xavier and his good friend Raven are celebrating Charles receiving his doctorate. He is pretty much a jerk trying to get into the ladies pants. Moira MacTaggert enlists his help in tracking down the Hellfire Club. She works for the CIA and has seen mutants in action. He then informs the CIA of his abilities.
He then meets Erik and they become friends. They enlist the help of a bunch of young mutants and set out to stop Shaw and the Hellfire Club. One of my favorite scenes was the way they trained together. Especially Charles and Erik together. How funny is it that Charles is the one who helped Erik unlock his full potential.
There were a few little inconsistencies from the first movie. Professor X tells Wolverine that Magneto has his helmet because he and Erik built Cerebro together, but in this one, Beast is the one who built Cerebro, and the Russians designed the helmet for Shaw. How come Magneto never had more of those helmets made so that his followers could defend themselves against Professor X?
Also, we see the development of Mystique. She starts out as Charles friend, but he does not think she should reveal her real appearance to people (Beast feels the same about how they should look normal). Magneto constantly tells her that she is beautiful. It was also cool seeing her shift into Rebecca Romijn.
Speaking of cool cameos, when Erik and Charles go on their mutant finding quest, they walk into a bar and start their proposition to Logan (Hugh Jackman), who tells them to “go fuck yourselves.” I was pretty shocked they allowed that kind of language.
Also, how does Moira go from a CIA agent, to someone who runs a hospital or something. Remember in the post-credit scene after the third one? Professor X takes that guys body over that Moira is taking care of, that hardly seems like CIA work to me.
I also loved how Shaw was someone who could challenge Magneto’s power. Although, how would a coin through his head kill him? Or did Xavier have his powers shut off while he was in his head? Seemed a bit weird to me.
I thought January Jones was extremely hot as Emma Frost, but umm, does this movie fit with the Wolverine movie? Emma Frost was a young girl in that film and still being held by Stryker, at the end of this film, Magneto frees her from Stryker’s grasp…
I want to say that Michael Fassbender was amazing as Magneto. I can see why so many mutants would want to follow his cause. He came off as determined and unwavering in his belief. Charles (I thought James McAvoy was really good too) came off as arrogant and a little bit afraid of the mutants who look different. He does not embrace mutantism (I am making that word up) 100% yet. I am sure with him being paralyzed he will lose some of that ego.
The movie was really good and I am excited about the idea of a sequel.
Comic Book Movie Grade: B+/A-