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X-Men: First Class
- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 131
- Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
So! You want to make a comic book superhero flick. The summer film graveyard is full of abandoned dreams and box offices flops to begin with; but, you shouldn’t let that stop you. Matthew Vaughn certainly did not. X Men: First Class is purely and simply a resurrection experience for the comic book legends. The previous experiments “Wolverine” and “The Last Stand” might have violated the dictums of comic book purists. And “First Class” might do the same. I don’t know. I am not a comic book guy. All I know is that this film is solid beginning with the story itself.
Vaughn is credited on the screenplay but has brought in a talented team of writers to set the scenes in real-word history that begins in Nazi death camps and spans into the 1960s Cold War era. The mutant superpowers are the envy of the political superpowers of the day that seek, through evil science, to bottle and capture the essence of these for their own ill-defined uses in the battle for global supremacy. What’s not to love about a flirtation with genetic engineering- it’s a lot more interesting than the scare of “Franken foods” in the apple aisle of the local big box grocery store or the endless promises of being able to pick the color of your baby’s eyes (and I don’t mean prior to dating either!).
The story follows the evolution of Charles and Erik as the duo of superheroes who grow out of their special childhood circumstances. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender play the two grown up mutants and put in journeyman efforts. You simply don’t see the actors. You actually see mutant superheroes- even though I don’t claim to have ever seen one in real life to compare these to.
You will get lots of action and good vs. evil stuff in “First Class”. The film is first class though for two reasons: 1) there isn’t any action scene in the film that is gratuitous; and, 2) there isn’t any single thud point where the story moralizes as to what constitutes good and what constitutes evil- it lets you decide.