X-men: First Class revolves around the beginning of X-men, particularly the history of Charles and Erik. We get an insight into what formed their ideologies and how it resulted in two factions.
Rather than the coming out stories that the previous films relied on, this prequel focuses on the characters’ relationships.
Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are exceptional in this movie, and their dynamic creates a good character-driven story. McAvoy’s Charles is more relatable than Stewart’s. Fassbender turns Erik into an empathic character that in the end, you feel that you would have made the same decision if you were him.
The rewritten Cuban Missile Crisis gave the ending more weight. The performances from the lead actors turn it into an interesting morality play between two opposing beliefs.
Charles is optimistic about humanity, but he has the privilege of using his powers undetected and safe from judgment. Erick doesn’t trust humans, but you can’t exactly blame him after being used as a guinea pig by Bernard Shaw.
The problem is unless Fassbender and McAvoy are in a scene playing out their chemistry, or arguing about what to do with their less evolved counterparts, everything turns into a typical blockbuster movie.
The dialogue was also cheesy at times. The young mutants don’t really resonate and January Jones was rather wooden.
Overall it’s an engaging film that’s a huge improvement from The Last Stand and Wolverine.
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class is buoyed by the onscreen chemistry of Micheal Fassbender and James McAvoy.