I am a little behind on watching this film, since I was waiting to see it when my brother came to visit from Puerto Rico. I finally got to see it with him yesterday and thanks to Groupon we got tickets to see it very cheap. I am a big fan of superhero movies, especially the ones from the Marvel Universe. I used to collect Marvel trading cards and knew pretty much all the heroes and villains, I’m a little rusty on my knowledge about them now. From DC Comics my favorite is Batman, he’s actually my favorite superhero. But enough of that, here are some quick impressions on the new X-Men movie.
- Loved the idea of a prequel. It really gave us a good grip on how it all started.
- I always love when they show the superheroes displaying their mutant powers, pretty sure it is my favorite part of the X-Men movies. Just seeing them and thinking “oh yeah, I remember him now”.
- The fact that they showed less known superheroes was great, I’m glad they showed people like Banshee, Havoc and Emma Frost.
- I wasn’t a big fan of Beast after his full transformation. His makeup reminded me of Mike Myers in Cat in the Hat or Jim Carrey in The Grinch. Beast was more badass on previous movies.
- One of my favorite story lines in the movie was Mystique’s, her struggle between living as her blue mutant self or fitting society’s image are struggles which viewers can identify with.
- Michael Fassbender did a pretty good job as Magneto, he really showcased the fight within between choosing right or wrong, a hero or a villain, and the agony he carried because of his past.
- The first many of us saw of James McAvoy was as Tumnus in Chronicles of Narnia but he did very well on this film. I also love him on Wanted.
- I enjoyed that the movie didn’t rely on explosions to just be “cool”, it had some good stories that can lend themselves to be further developed in more movies.
- The movie had less marketing and promotion behind it than previous X-Men movies which were everywhere. In my opinion it deserved to be promoted better because it is one of the most solid ones in the franchise. It even has an 87% Certified Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
Overall, X-Men: First Class was very enjoyable, a film that everyone in the family will like, even if you are not really into comic books.
Should you watch it? Yes!