I regret not seeing X Men First Class in the movies because it’s one of the best movies of the summer.
The film tells the story of Magneto who is played by Michael Fassbender and Xavier played by James Macavoy. It shows how their relationship started and eventually ends. It also shows how other characters begin as well that we see in the other X Men films.
The movie is great blockbuster fun, it has great special effects and the movie being set in the 1960’s are extremely well made. It clearly invokes the era. The acting is great as well, especially of Macavoy and Fassbender. The young cast as well brings a charm to the film. Kevin Bacon is very good here as the villain. Few actors can really invoke hatred and Bacon is one of them. He has this style that really gets in your skin.
One of the huge strengths of the film is how it treats the subject material with joy. We all do know this film is pretty ridiculous, but at the same time it treats it very serious when it comes down to the prejudice themes in all the X Men films. The characters have inspirations, goals, faults, they have conversations of how there are different. Yes it does lead to one big action scene at the end but at least we spend the time getting to know to these characters. So when the action starts we can actually care for the characters.
That was the problem with X Men Origins Wolverine they didn’t humanize Wolverine and made him a set piece for excessive special effects.
Matthew Vaughn directed the disappointing Kick Ass, but he redeems himself with X Men First Class where he didn’t go for shock value instead he made a movie.