The X-Men franchise was in need of a good movie after sub-par entries over recent years, and the hiring of Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn last year to direct X-Men: First Class was a step in the right direction considering he hasn’t made a bad movie in his career.
Over the weekend 20th Century Fox screened X-Men: First Class to online bloggers and critics, and the feedback suggests not only have Vaughn and his team been able to shoot, edit, score and deliver a finished movie in just over a year, they’ve done it quite successfully.
Here are some spoiler-free reactions: (full reviews will be published on May 25th)
First Class contains some of the briskest and most efficient storytelling I’ve seen in any recent blockbuster. An awful lot happens, and awfully quickly at times, but it’s all clear and while some nice moments might be over in the blink of an eye, this can only reward repeat viewers.
There’s a sequence later in the film, from which much of the material for the “character trailers” was gathered, that actually uses split screen to crack the pace up one more notch. This film does not hang around – and at over two hours of running time, that’s a virtue, because when nothing drags, and the audience don’t get bored, the minutes just whistle by.
If you were nervous the latest chapter in the X-Men franchise might disappoint, I’m happy to report it’s a huge home-run. Everything from the great script to the awesome performances by the entire cast (with special mention to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) makes this X-Men film my favorite in the franchise. Also, the film is loaded with incredible action and a ton of Easter Eggs for the fans. Even the sets and costumes are great. Trust me, as soon as the movie is over, you’re going to wish the next chapter was coming out next week.
“X-Men: First Class” is a genuinely good movie, not just a good superhero movie. Big and bold and aggressively told, it feels to me like this is the first film in a brand-new franchise, and even the few very wicked and enjoyable references to Singer’s films that are hidden in this one don’t tie it down. This is ground zero, and I think Fox just got it right, really right, in a way I can’t say it feels like they have on any of their Marvel films so far. With the right support, and with this film’s key creative team onboard, a sequel to this could well be the “X-Men” epic we’ve been waiting for since day one.
Simply put I loved it. It’s a superior, exciting, and intelligent comic book movie. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are brilliant (Fassbender in particular – he is if you’ll excuse the pun, magnetic), and beyond the movie’s expected grand action Matthew Vaughn has managed to instill X-Men: First Class with a real emotional core, complexity and a huge amount of style. Taking the X-universe back to its 60?s roots was a stroke of Bryan Singer inspired genius.
With plenty of in-jokes for fans and a huge amount of warmth and affection for the X-Men world, First Class is an incredibly respectful piece of work. Relentlessly entertaining, with a cast of the finest actors working today, it’s pure joy from start to finish. Way better than X2, and probably most recent blockbusters.
I knew Vaughn would deliver the second he was hired, and with Bryan Singer in charge of the story it was a match made in X-Men heaven. The trailers have impressed quite a few people who were sceptical, but it’s great to know the movie doesn’t disappoint and gives the franchise the kick it needed (and deserves). I planned to see X-Men: First Class anyway, but now i’ll be there opening night if possible.
Here’s the latest and most action-filled TV spot released so far: