The movie “X-Men: First Class” premiered on June 3rd, 2011 here in the United States. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the movie when I wanted to. However, I recently was able to see the movie. Hey better late than never right? I’ve been an X-Men fan since I was a child. I would wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch the cartoon. For a while, I even purchased some of the comic books. I loved all four of the previous X-Men movies, and I own them all on DVD. It’s no secret that I was looking very forward to seeing this movie. So how did it do in my opinion? Here are my thoughts.
I would have to say that “X-Men: First Class” is the best movie I’ve seen this summer. It definitely surpassed my expectations. “X-Men: First Class” gives us a look at how the X-Men were formed. It also shows how Professor Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, and Erik Lensherr, who later becomes the powerful Magneto meet and become colleagues. Lensherr is portrayed by actor Michael Fassbender. The movie also shows the history of other popular characters in the X-Men universe such as: Beast, Mystique, Havok, Emma Frost, and a host of others. There is also an awesome cameo made by one of the most popular mutants in the X-Men world. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie. As great as this movie is, I had a couple of problems with it.
So what problems did I have with this film? Well for one the continuity in the storyline. This movie doesn’t really seem to connect to the previous X-Men movies. True enough this movie is a prequel, but the way it ends doesn’t coincide with the other movies. In the movie “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which was released in 2006, there was a scene in the beginning that shows both an aged Xavier and Lensherr still as colleagues. This took place before the actual present, but they were obviously older. At the end of “X-Men: First Class”, they obviously go their separate ways because of their differences. However, they are both still young men compared to their older versions in the previous film. There were also a couple of other storyline problems I had with this movie. I won’t mention them, as they contribute greatly to the movie.
Overall I would rate this movie 5/5. A great storyline, despite the continuity, and solid action and effects definitely make this movie great. In my opinion it outperformed both Transformers and Captain America. It appears that they are rebooting the X-Men franchise, and this movie is a great start.