X-Men: First Class (2011)
|Title:||X-Men: First Class|
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I watched this movie on 12/09/2011 at/on/via DVD.
The plot contrivances and some of the bad CGI effects are more apparent on second viewing, but still the best of the X-Men movies, IMO.
I watched this movie on 06/05/2011 at/on/via Theater.
There were lots of plot holes and in general, I felt it tried to do too much, but it was still a damn good movie.
The New X-Men was my first teenage comic book love. I bought Issue #111 off a comic book rack in a convenience store while at summer camp and was immediately hooked on the combo of Claremont and Byrne.
First Class reminded me a lot of those stories, even though it's set in the '60s. I quite enjoyed the pseudo-retro style, especially on Sebastian Shaw. Bacon really nailed this character! It was great to see him in such a cool role.
Most of the casting was a surprise to me since I try to avoid reviews and pre-release news about movies. I was kinda shocked to see Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Mystique. I thought she acquitted herself nicely. It's great to see her getting work after her excellent turn in Winter's Bone. I'm guessing The Hunger Games will put her over the top.
Aside from Bacon, the one who steals the show here is Michael Fassbender as Magneto. He brings a lot of humanity and conflict to his character.
Jason Flemyng as Azazel was practically unrecognizable under all the makeup. I actually had to look him up on IMDB to reconnect the name to the face.
Going back to the comics of my youth, it was great to see some of the characters from that era, since that's when I first got introduced to the likes of Moira McTaggart, Banshee, Havok and The Hellfire Club (which, if I recall correctly, is based on a real sex club that operated in NYC back in the '70s and/or '80s).
Here's hoping we get more films in the series that do as good a job or better in exploring this universe.