Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'X-Men: First Class' Movie Review


1. Title : X-Men First Class
2. Release date : 3 June 2011 (United States), 2 June 2011 Malaysia)
3. Director : Matthew Vaughn
4. Starring :
James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Kevin Bacon
Rose Byrne
January Jones
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Action
7. Official website : First Class

The title itself tells you everything. From the classic 'once upon a time' until the surmounting feeling you will have when watching the movie; it is all first class. A flirty Professor X, an emotional Magneto, a confused Beast and a soul-searching Mystique - these are the sides of them you have never seen, and trust me, you are going to feel these ones. Really deep.

Young Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy), Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) had their fate intertwined by joining hands in creating a team of mutants in order to fight the bad Sebastian Shaw (Kevin bacon) and his devilish subordinates. They were later joined by some other young innocent mutants you might remember calling, namely,  Banshee, Havok, Darwin and Angel Salvadore. Despite being better in number, their lack of experience, self-confusion, and contradiction between personal goal and intention cost them more than they could afford, and the team eventually broke apart. Thus began the never-ending battle between Professor X's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood. But obviously you can see this one coming since this is a prequel.

But what you have yet to see firsthand is how these mutants started to fight against each other when they were initially a team. Forget about the overused superpowers and the occasionally annoying collage-like camera tricks. Do not dream about epic wars because you will not be seeing a lot of skull-cracking and bone-crushing actions in this one, nor you will feel impressed by the costumes and the trademark pose from the later-to-be X-Men. Because this time around, you will experience a great adventure in a form of a mindblowing storytelling where as every character in 'X-Men: First Class' will have something significant to do. Remember the nonmeaningful 'annihilation' of Cyclops by his very own lover, Jean Grey/Phoenix' in 'X-Men: The Last Stand'? That was so stupid. Fortunately, that will not happen again in this movie.

And most amazingly, I would like to mention about how this movie managed to capture every little emotion produced by the involved characters. You might laugh or feel awkward at some of Charles-Erik gay-like scenes, or the moment when Raven tried to seduce Erik in bed, but that was the value of it. The origin of an enemy-becoming friendship and how it was 'achieved'. It is a wonder that a movie of this genre could actually slip in a series of emotional perfection that it was so good you would not want to miss a second. Every detail pre-empted all the questions you would have for the X-Men world, and spending 130 minutes on 'X-Men: First Class' is like entering a restaurant where you are shown the recipe behind every scrumptious meal you just had. Totally unforgettable.

And who said this movie lacks of 'Wolverine' effect? I saw him in there.

Rating: 8/10

5 comments:

fadz said...

when did u watch this????? aghhh

Igniz said...

fadz: yesterday night. hehe.

fadz said...

what? press preview eh? tak ajak pun!!

Igniz said...

fadz: eh, bukan press screening lah. Syafiq dapat ticket tayangan perdana from a friend in a forum. heheh. kitorang belum jadi press lagi pun nak dapat jemputan. hehe.

kodelisation said...

nicely put!! i just cant wait to put my eyes on this movie~!!

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