20 June 2011

X-Men: First Class

I have to admit, I was pretty "meh" on the announcement of X-men: First Class.  After The Last Stand and Wolverine I just wasn't interested in the universe anymore.

And then they cast Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

I'm game.

Mediazombie (and her brother) and I hit up a matinee.  The movie is a lot of fun and a good way to re-boot the franchise.  The sixties period styling is nice as is the tie-in with the real-world Cuban Missle crisis (President Kenney's archival footage makes an appearance).  There's a montage sequence during "mutant training" that looks very mod with the boxes bringing in the scene in an out.

I thought Fassbender did an excellent job as Erik/Magneto.  His eyes are so expressive that even when he wears the helmet you can still see the emotion, he doesn't overdo it.  James McAvoy was also good as Charles/Professor X - he even got a few digs in about how the character is bald in the original.  Although it seemed a bit hammy at times, Kevin Bacon does make a nice villain, very slimy (didn't like his henchwoman January Jones much - looked nice but given very little to do).

It was a fun afternoon.

(Forgot to write down the previews, sorry).

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