Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class is definitely an origin story done right. The writing was well done, including all the explanations one desires, and then incorporating two great back stories for the soon to be Magneto and Professor X. The fact that these men are from two different worlds, one from poverty and the other from unprecedented wealth, really builds on the reality that even though they become close friends (possessing many similarities) they are not going to remain in this fragile utopia they build for the X-men. From the beginning they were destined to represent two different worlds within the same and I was really impressed by how this was captured on the screen.
The editing was great, the score was captivating, and the acting was definitely memorable. I must admit, I walked out of the theatre swooning over Professor X (James McAoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the sultry Mystique, played by the enigmatic Jennifer Lawrence. These actors were definitely cast in the right role and played them to a tee. I really enjoyed Fassbender’s seamless combination of fury and tranquility, and the fact that he spoke a few different dialects (now that is talent!) Now, what I really hope is that Lawrence does not decide to go on an awful Hollywood induced skinny diet, because she is just luscious and oozes va-va-voom sex appeal. She totally captures that Golden Age Hollywood glamour and can back up her looks with a set of acting chops (hello, nominated for an Academy Award last year?). Ya, these actors are worth every penny.
In Variety‘s review of the film, writer Justin Chang captured my thoughts about Professor X and Magneto perfectly,
“…it’s remarkable how many things “First Class” gets right, whether it’s the decision to have characters speak different languages as the film’s frequent globe-trotting dictates, or the casting of Fassbender and McAvoy, who bear no resemblance to their respective older counterparts (Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) but perfectly capture Charles and Erik’s symbolic might-vs.-right dynamic.”