If you’re an X-Men fan, chances are that you plan to see X-Men:First Class. First Class released at the perfect time for me; June 1st is my birthday and so it offered me the chance to go and see it for free.
Before I go into this review, it is important to know that First Class takes place before any of the other X-Men movies. It gives the history of the first mutants that Charles Xavier (Professor X) befriended and fought against. First Class delves into the backstory of many of the popular mutants. Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, and more have their pasts revealed.
X-Men:First Class opens with a scene from WWII (I won’t reveal any details to spoil the movie for you) and begins by showing the history of Erik Lehnsherr (later known as Magneto). First Class does a great job giving the viewer insight into Erik’s head, and the events that he witnessed as a child definitely shaped him into Magneto.
The fact that First Class is meant to explain the pasts of the many mutants in the previous X-Men movies means that there will definitely be some boring scenes. There are many scenes which depict dry discussion between the bad guys which gets old very quickly. However, the action sequences are good enough to make up for this small fault. The special effects look great, and although the movie is over 2 hours long, it will keep you hooked. You will not want to miss one of the many bits of information about each mutants’ past that is revealed in First Class.
One thing that I was looking forward to, but didn’t get to see, was Wolverine. He makes a single appearance, and has 1 line. That one line is profane. Enough said. It characterizes him perfectly, but he is my favorite X-Men, so it was definitely a let down that he was not included, but once you see the movie and understand what is going on, you can see why he was not included in the main plot.
I give First Class a 4/5 because it is an exceptional movie, the dull dialogue gets old at times, but the action and history included more than makes up for the dull moments.