Friday, June 3, 2011

X-Men First Class

As most of my readers know, I am a big fan of the comic book genre! I love that the stories can go beyond our world to something greater. I have loved X-Men since I was a little kid! I loved watching the X-Men cartoon on One Saturday Morning. I loved how awesome Wolverine and Storm were and I loved Rogue and Jubilee. So when the X-Men movies started to come out, I was like a kid in a candy store, all hyper and jumping up and down! I saw the X-Men movies and I love Love LOVE them! When I found out they were going to make another film I was very excited. I didn't know if it would take place before or after our films. X-Men: The Last Stand left half of our characters dead or powerless. (which made me so mad you have NO IDEA!) Anyways when I found out that this was going to be a film about a young Charles and Erik I was worried, to say the least. These were characters I loved and I didn't want a new movie to ruin what a great job the franchise had done. When I found out that James McAvoy was Charles I said....HECK YES!!! Once I saw what the movie was becoming I was as giddy as a schoolgirl!

So let us dig into the movie, I freaking loved it! I even wore my X-Men T-shirt to the theater, that's right I'm THAT cool! The movie starts with Erik in a concentration camp and Charles in the mansion finding Raven (Mystique). We then flash ahead many years and we see how these two child are now men. Charles is at Cambridge on the verge of finishing his PHD. He's very dashing and smooth with the ladies. I always knew that Professor X would be a little stud muffin! Raven is with him pretending to be his little sister. She hides behind blond hair and blue eyes, not being able to show the real her.

Erik is seeking revenge for his family who died by the hands of the Nazi's. He is going all around the world searching for one person, Sebastian Shaw. Now I wanna be careful here because so much of this film is a surprise and I don't want you to miss anything! So let's just say Charles and Erik meet and decide to find and train other mutants. Basically the start of Xavier's school for gifted youngsters.

The film is filled with so many great special effects and awesome action sequences. We see mutants fighting mutants, mutants fighting humans, and mutants fighting Warheads! The movie never seems to disappoint.

If you are a big follower of the comic book series you WILL be angry. They do not follow the comic book stories at all. They basically take the comic characters, abilities, and personality traits and put them in this movie. We are just suppose to believe it works and allow it to happen. I say forget your comic ties and just enjoy for the movie it is suppose to be.

OK below are some spoilers that I must share but with good reason....BEWARE

One thing that really REALLY bothered me was some of the timeline errors. This movie is suppose to take place before X-Men Origins Wolverine but Emma Frost is a full grown woman with telekinetic powers. In Wolverine she was very young and she only had diamond hard skin. I was a bit annoyed by that but it was not a deal breaker.

The one that made me the most mad...big professor Xavier ends up in a wheelchair at the end of this movie. Don't get me wrong the moment was beautiful and heartbreaking. I actually had tears in my eyes but that is because James is a sensational actor. What made me mad was he was still walking in the other films. We see him walking at the end of Wolverine AND walking in Last Stand when him and Erik go get Jean Grey. At that point Erik and Charles are still friends and in the end of this one they are on good terms but they are not buddy buddy. I thought they should have waited until the next film to have Charles end up in a wheelchair. I figured that would have been a good thing to wait for. I guess they just wanted to have it wrapped up in case another film does not happen. I think it might because I heard they are hoping to make a new trilogy. If we get our handsome James to play the Professor I would SO BE OK WITH THAT! So I still loved it but I didn't like a few tiny nit-picky things.

Over all fan-freaking-tastic!

Action: Yes!
Adventure: YEPPERS

Over all.....a big fat A+