Saturday, June 4, 2011

X-Men: First Class

I saw the X-Men: First Class movie this afternoon and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Set in the '60s (an interesting choice), it outlines the alliance of Professor X and Magneto as they track down mutants and try to combat the efforts of some evil mutants.

It's all cleverly woven with real-world events and attitudes. The story is (mostly) smart and well-done, though it seems odd to anchor the team so firmly in the '60s. So in the modern day these characters are all in their 70s, 80s and 90s? I guess it doesn't matter as long as they keep it set in the past.

It's fun to see the characters they include, with more than a few surprises there, and lots of "Easter Eggs" along the way.

If Stan Lee had a cameo, I didn't see him (and he wasn't listed in the credits as an actor) - a terrible oversight.

I can't say it's the best superhero movie ever, but it's fun with a solid story, and it's probably the best of the four X-Men movies, so that's pretty good.

I recommend it.


Anonymous said...

I saw the movie Sunday with wife
and friends and we all enjoyed it
tremendously. My friends were not
comic book fans but the movie was
a good action adventure with welcome comedic moments, and introduced the characters well so
that even a non-geek could follow
Marvel is two for two this summer.
Looking forward to Captain America
next month! (With Green Lantern
to hold us over in the meantime.)
Are we comics fans spoiled or what?

Sam Kujava

Chuck said...

Sam, I agree! When I was a kid, we dreamed of getting action figures based on superheroes (something that didn't happen until I was in college, really) - who would ever have thought we'd not only be getting numerous feature films based on comic books, but good ones at that? Here's hoping GL and Cap keep the trend going!