X-Men: First Class has the potential to be a blockbuster movie with all the elements of a great summer popcorn film, historical references (World War II, Concentration Camps, Cuban Missile Crisis & the Cold War), James Bondesque espionage (CIA, KGB and an up and coming villainous organization)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.