Yesterday, I got a showing of X-Men: First Class. I went into the moving having misgivings about it. I had misgivings when I heard it was being made because I didn’t really see the purpose. I had misgivings when I heard about the casting. It’s not right. The true first group of X-Men were: Cyclops, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Iceman, Beast, and Angel, with the exception of Beast these people aren’t the first class and it’s blasphemy to even suggest it. I had misgivings about the quality of the script since Fox studios seems to arbitrarily toss ideas on the wall and pick whatever sticks plus a lot of the ones that fell on the floor. This is the same studio that brought us X-Men: The Last Stand, which was garbage and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was serviceable at best.
X-Men first class is about a mutant named Sebastian Shaw, who tries to manipulate the U.S. and Russia into starting World War 3 by creating the Cuban missile crisis. Erik Lensherr, who will become Magneto wants to get revenge against Shaw for past transgressions and his friend, Professor Charles Xavier wants to stop a potential war and use it as a means of introducing mutants to the public and gaining worldwide acceptance for them. In order to stop Sebastian and his Hellfire Club of Azazel, Riptide, and Emma Frost, Charles and Magneto must assemble their own group of mutants (Beast, Banshee, Havok, Darwin, Mystique, and Angel Salvadore (not to be confused with Warren Worthington III a.k.a. Angel or Archangel) to fight them, avert the crisis, and save the world. While working together a philosophical rift forms between Charles and Eric that forms the basis for the long conflict between Charles’ X-Men and Eric’s Brotherhood of Mutants.
The Good: Azazel and Beast looked bad as hell and their fight was pretty damn good as well. I enjoyed seeing the blue & yellow (Go Michigan!) uniforms in the movie instead of the so-called “more realistic” black leather look. Riptide’s power. Banshee’s training. Sebastian Shaw’s ability. Xavier pointing out people’s mutations (like red hair or having different colored eyes) and using his powers to pick up hot chicks. Young Magneto losing it and grown Magneto hunting down Nazis. Hell, Michale Fassbender’s portrayal of Magneto period was on point! Yeah, I’m tired of seeing him as the big bad all the time but this Magneto is willing to get his hands dirty instead of sitting around plotting while having his flunkies do it.
The Bad: Dates of events that took place in the movie were off. Inconsistencies with previous X-Men movies. I’m so fucking tired of most marvel movies sticking with the same damn villain for the trilogy. I’m tired of seeing Magneto in every X-Men movie. I don’t know why Marvel doesn’t seem to recognize that a putting a bunch of people with mental/psychic powers and watching them grunt and make straining faces is boring as fuck! I’m tired of Magneto being the X-Men movie villain. They have so many more people to use like Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, the Sentinels, Black Tom, Arcade, Mojo, the Hellfire Club (though technically they were the villains in this movie), Stryfe, the Purifiers, the MLF, etc. The cast was so large that there wasn’t a lot of room for character development outside of the main characters and a couple others. Didn’t care for the dude that played Xavier, he’s no Patrick Stewart. Emma Frost looked kind of on the old side. The lack of blood. My standard PG-13 comic book movie complaint about the lack of blood. People get stabbed and shot like nobody’s business but I’ve seen nosebleeds bloodier than that movie.
The Miscellaneous: There’s no post credit/bonus scene after the movie but watch for a brief cameo from a popular Marvel character during the movie. Despite my long list of bad, I don’t think it was a bad movie. I’d even go so far to say that if you’re not a fanboy (or girl) invested in and knowledgeable about the comic books then you’d probably enjoy it more without being tied down with what you know they ignored or got wrong. Why doesn’t Mystique have nipples? Does her carpet match her drapes? Does she even have carpet? My letter grade for X-Men: First Class is a B-. See it at the theater don’t bother seeing it online and definitely don’t wait the three months or so it’ll take to hit Blu-ray and DVD!