X-Men: First Class Movie Review

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X-Men: First Class has the potential to be a blockbuster movie with all the elements of a great summer popcorn film, historical references (World War II, Concentration Camps, Cuban Missile Crisis & the Cold War), James Bondesque espionage (CIA, KGB and an up and coming villainous organization) plus superheroes and supervillains.  Even the storyline was cool.  A former Nazi scientist with a squad of supervillains maneuvers theUSAand the Soviets into the Cuban Missile Crisis to start World War III and the X-Men a team of superheroes must save the day.  All of these items mixed together should have created an awesome movie, but for some reason it just doesn’t come together. 

 X-Men: First Class is an enjoyable film, which shows how the superhero team the X-Men is formed, but many of the characters are very shallow and unremarkable.  I didn’t really connect with any of the characters except for two.  The most exciting characters in the entire film were Erik aka Magneto a man who has the power of magnetism, whose experiences in the Nazi concentration camps have changed his world view and his good friend Charles Xavier aka Professor X a dedicated academic who has the power of telepathy.  The coolest concept in this film was the friendship that developed between the two and watching it grow and then fall apart due to completely different perspectives on how the world should operate. 

 If you were a fan of the first three X-Men and Wolverine movies, then this film will fit right in nicely at the beginning of the X-Men Saga, but the film is missing something that would make it really memorable.  Magneto definitely steals the show and his motivations and actions were very believable and are in line with his character in the three films.  He also had some nice music to go along with his action scenes.  X-Men: First Class is definitely a matinee, and not as much fun as THOR, but there is a very funny scene in the movie with a familiar character from the previous films that all X-Men fans will know and love.  I am not sure what happened to the film, but a golden opportunity was lost.

 Grade: C+

Roshawn: B

 Kameron: A

 

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5 comments

  1. A good review Ron. Obviously you know I am a first time commentor and visitor. I als just finished reading your review on Battle: LA. I almost decided I wasn’t even going to bother with this film because of the disappointment of Skyline. Your review has changed my mind.

    As for X-Men, I just love the whole idea of superheroes that I have to see this. Green Lantern on the other hand, I can skip. I also did not enjoy Green Hornet except for the parts that made me laugh.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Yes Skyline was a big disappointment to me, especially that weird ending. Green Lantern wasn’t too bad. If they would have stayed in space I think it would have been much better. I passed on the Green Hornet. Feel free to visit at anytime!

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  2. Yes Battle: Los Angeles is a must see, and 100x better than Skyline, which I thought was the worst movie of the year.

    I shared your thoughts about Green Lantern when I saw the first trailer, but the latest trailer I saw has intrigued me.

    Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Okay,

    I really have to disagree with you this time. After taking Josh to see this on Thursday, we both agree that this is the best movie in the franchise. In fact we came home and watched the first two in the series and this one blows those both away. I’m also going to say that this is the best summer movie so far. I was surprised that our theater was so crowded since this flick has been out so long. After the credits rolled, I understood. This movie has the best story of the lot. The characters are awesome. I hope we get one more from the 1960’s time frame. GREAT SUMMER MOVIE…

    Jay’s Grade: A
    Josh’s Grade: A

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    1. I have to agree with you Jay, the more I thought about the film after I wrote my review the more I liked it. In my Green Lantern review, I actually upgraded it to a B or B+. I still think about elements of this movie even now. The secondary hero characters really left a bad taste in my mouth, but everything else I admit was great. My Dad agrees with your grade as well. I would ride out with them at anytime. I am going to see Transformers tomorrow!

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