Sunday, June 5, 2011
If you are like me, then you are probably expecting the latest chapter in the X-Men franchise to be a big fat disappointment. As the mother of a son named Logan Xavier, my expectations of X-Men related films are to say the least a little high. Well, I’m happy to report that X-Men: First Class was truly first class! Everything from the great script to the wonderful cast (most notably James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) made this X-Men film my favorite to date. I loved the budding friendship between Charles and Erik. The movie gave me a deeper look into the fuel behind Erik's anger and the upper-class life that Charles has been sheltered in. There were moments when I was disgusted by the the actions of Charles and encouraged by the care Erik seemed to possess for others. I knew how the friendship would ultimately end, but I still felt myself rooting for Erik, and secretly wanting him to make a different choice.
I think what surprised me the most, aside from the fabulous cameo of Wolverine and his one-line response to recruitment, was the film's clever combination of an intriguing espionage story with a pleasing coming of age tale. Even with all the teenage drama, the whole thing worked. There were of course a few weak links, namely Angel and Darwin, but I am happy to say that almost all of the heroes received descent character arcs. In the end, its a movie that is sleek and coherent, and it flies by despite its 2+ hour run time. A definite must see for comic book and movie fans alike.
Stay tuned for our full podcast discussion in Games at the Theatre: X-Men First Class, a Myriad Games Presentation.