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X-Men: First Class (2011)

June 3, 2011

8/10 Mutant Chronicles

Setting the bar for a superhero Summer.

Yup, it’s really that good. So much better than Thor. Word.

Hit the jump to get the full scoop, playa’.

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  1. June 4, 2011 1:42 am

    /Hopes to God Aiden didn’t flunk a minor plot detail – or otherwise a certain someone must save him from the devious and ridiculous comments on Moviefone, again 😀

    • June 7, 2011 3:37 pm

      Hahaha. Thank God for you, man. Triple-checked that review like gangbusters to prevent another troll onslaught.

  2. June 4, 2011 11:55 am

    Heard a lot of good things about this. I might have to ditch my anti-X-Men sentiments and see this.

    • June 7, 2011 3:38 pm

      It was solid, man. Can’t blame you for being anti-X-Men after the last two movies though.

  3. Moose permalink
    June 6, 2011 9:24 am

    So glad to hear this is good. The first two were all alright, but Last Stand and Wolverine were so bad. I’m happy my favorite group of mutants is back to form.

    • June 7, 2011 3:40 pm

      Same here, man. Never actually saw the last two movies, but since I’ve only heard awful things, I think I’m better off just staying away.

  4. June 7, 2011 12:50 am

    I’m gonna be the grouch on this one, but I have to say this was a terrible film. There are so many characters that have no business being in this film, simply filler for frame space. On top of that, it’s possibly the most visually dull comic book film made and the setpieces feel more like moments to show off CGI than to actually do something creative.

    Didn’t have fun with this one. Best moment was Wolverine cameo, which reminded me when X-Men was smart and funny. This film is the antithesis of that.

    • June 7, 2011 5:03 pm

      Damn, dude. Sorry to hear you hated it so much, but after Thor last month, I can at least say that I’ve been there. That was a pretty awesome cameo though.

  5. June 7, 2011 7:28 am

    Glad to see this getting good reviews, the last X-Men film was pants.

  6. June 7, 2011 4:07 pm

    Nice write up, brotha.

    It was definitely better than the previous two installments, but it was kinda meh to me.

    Fassebender is boss, though.

    • June 7, 2011 4:59 pm

      Well, at least it was a step up from the last two and we’ll always have the first two. And Fassbender is totally boss.

  7. Blain permalink
    June 8, 2011 12:24 am

    Good review. I enjoyed the heck out of this movie. McAvoy and especially Fassbender’s performances are still with me. The cross cutting between Kevin Bacon’s head and McAvoy’s head during a certain scene while the camera moves across the screen to the right was just so badass.

    • June 8, 2011 9:53 am

      Thanks! Don’t quite remember the cross-cut, but it was probably quite badass. Either way, totally agree, McAvoy and Fassbender are total bosses.

  8. June 8, 2011 5:26 pm

    As awesome as it was I think I think I liked it even more because it wasn’t a complete nose dive like the last two films. Simply put, great story, fulfilling character development and can we say McAvoy and Fassbender knocked their roles out of the park? Some said it above bu the cameos were certainly crowd pleasers but did anyone not just geek out at the new Bat Hat Harry logo??

    Sooo looking forward to something more from Vaughn…and how about we get this guy a bigger production window next time around??

    • June 9, 2011 8:36 am

      Yeah, the last two train wrecks (so I hear, I still haven’t seen ’em) definitely gave this an extra boost, nor did it hurt to have McAvoy and Fassbender destroy either. And loved that new Bad Hat Harry logo, totally forgot about it ’til now.

  9. Darren permalink
    June 10, 2011 3:56 am

    Great film, but I have to admit some of the camp did grate on me a little. As much as I love Jack “King” Kirby, those horns on Magneto’s helmet seemed a bit much.

    • June 10, 2011 9:35 am

      Hahaha. Yeah, I raised an eyebrow when I saw those pink horns of his at the end. Magneto’s never been much of a style icon.

  10. June 15, 2011 1:28 am

    It need more Hank. Good try, but I didn’t think it was better than X2. Maybe I was hoping for it to be more fun. The only fun part was the W cameo.

    • June 15, 2011 10:31 am

      Man, I need to watch those first two X-Men movies again, but X2 was freakin’ awesome. Sorry to hear it was a letdown, but at least we’ll always have the W cameo.

  11. marlowesnymph permalink
    June 15, 2011 3:23 am

    While the movie was scary inaccurate (hardcore comic enthusiasts may just want to kill themselves after this one), I thought it was the most successful from a cinematic standpoint. Fassbender and McAvoy owned their roles, and I enjoyed the cameos by both Rebecca Romijn and Hugh Jackman. Overall, definitely a step up from a lot of the superhero flicks lately. I mean Origins? What the hell was that?

    • June 15, 2011 10:30 am

      My co-workers are X-Men diehards and were sickened by how inaccurate it was (even though they still had a blast). And you’re totally right, what a step up, huh? I skipped Origins because apparently it’s worse than X3 (which I also skipped thanks to Brett-effing-Ratner’s involvement), but this kicked ass on every front. Here’s to hoping The Wolverine delivers as much as this did and thanks for stopping by!

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