Sound Off: Matthew Vaughn's 'X-Men: First Class' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Its been five years since we last saw Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr on the big screen, but they're back. Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn have revived the franchise in the prequel X-Men: First Class, which arrives in theaters this weekend. Taking over the lead roles this time are James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, exploring the origins of their friendship in story set in the 1960s. So how is it? Where does this movie rank in the X-Men series? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and tell us what you thought of X-Men: First Class.
To fuel the fire, I thought X-Men: First Class was a good film, I enjoyed some parts of it, but thought it seemed a bit lackluster; it felt rushed and unpolished in places. And it was just an origin story that serviced the origins (everyone eventually got to their own "I'm now the X-Men you know" moment) and that's it, nothing more. I thought McAvoy and Fassbender were actually awesome as Xavier and Magneto, although sometimes pushing it a bit too far (especially Xavier), but these two carry the movie on their shoulders and do a fantastic job of it. There's some awesome action, but I wouldn't say I loved it, it didn't come close to matching X2. I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but those were just my thoughts after I seeing it.
Also, I loved the cameos, but don't spoil them for those who haven't seen it yet. The rest of the cast was just mediocre. Jennifer Lawrence didn't impress me, January Jones was only there for looks, Rose Byrne could've stayed in that lingerie that whole time, and the only really good kid was Nicholas Hoult, who Bryan Singer cast to star in Jack the Giant Killer. Kevin Bacon was fine, but it just felt all-over to me. Though I still had a blast watching all of the power battles and conversations between Magneto and Xavier.
So what did you think of X-Men: First Class? A fantastic franchise restart or just mediocre? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!