X-Men: First Class – A terrific ride!
Finally watched ‘X-Men: First Class’ last night. And it was truly first class! I remember watching the first two movies in theatres during the early part of the 2000’s. At the time I had no idea what the heck X-men was. I only went ‘cos my college roommates were going. I liked those movies but was not completely floored by them or anything. They looked like any other science fiction/superhero American film to me. But I have to say now that this new prequel really did bowl me over!
From the very first scene where we see a mother getting separated from a son at a Nazi death camp in Poland in 1944, the movie just completely grips you and doesn’t let go; keeps your attention till the very end! Of course, the fact that I am a major history buff did help. This movie is filled with mid-20th century references like the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis as well as actual footage of JFK’s speeches. And though the Holocaust is a very dark and morbid topic, I always find it completely fascinating when it is featured in films and covered well. So, this movie just seemed to have it all… fast-paced storytelling, excellent acting, interesting historical references, varied geographical locations and foreign languages. Except for Kevin Bacon, it has a list of relatively unknown actors (at least for me) but they all do such a stellar job! Particularly Michael Fassbender who plays Erik/Magneto.
I may now go back and watch the X-men trilogy again. That’s the good thing about prequels if they are done well. They make you re-discover the original films and put the whole storyline in order. In some way or the other, we are all generally suckers for sequence and chronology. No wonder that this prequel business has hit the big time!
As for ‘X-Men: First Class’, 100% recommended!