I am a major Marvel/X-Men fan - I read the comics, collect the action figures, collect the cards, etc.. Back in 2000, when the first X-Men movie was released I was ecstatic, the movie was great, the story was believable, and the cast was excellent. Since that time, I have been sorely disappointed - I felt that X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were all inferior to the first film. Therefore, it was with great apprehension that I went to see X-Men: First Class as I felt it would just be another mediocre movie - boy was I wrong.
The movie itself takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 (i.e. it takes place before the other films in the series). As such, it has a different cast than the other movies and, surprisingly, it consists mostly of unknown actors who played their parts brilliantly. The writer did take some liberties with the X-Men mythos as the X-Men in the movie don't exactly constitute the real "First Class", but I'm willing to bet that most viewers will not know or care. In any event, the movie itself focuses mainly on the relationship between two of the series main characters - Professor Xavier and Magneto.
The movie itself is fairly long, nearly reaching the two and a half hour mark - but I did not feel bored during a single second of it. I also liked how they tied up some loose ends from the other X-Men movies in this one. Also, the action pieces in this movie are simply astounding - like something out of Transformers. Definitely one of the better "reboots" in recent years :).
Review Posted By movieJoe On 2011-09-07 At 19:51:44