In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy in 2011’s origin story X-Men: First Class.
Any diehard comic fan will tell you that when it comes to retelling of a characters origin story there is no room for error, origin stories must be treated with utmost respect and care. When said origin story is one involving the comic book worlds most infamous super group you must take extra care and tread lightly.
With that said I believe X-Men: First Class should have been released before the previous films instead of being presented to us afterwards as a prequel, it does such a solid job of covering all the necessary grounds for future adventures the and also does an amazing job of recreating the origins behind many of Marvels most beloved and feared names. Every little detail of the main cast of characters are visited from the way they obtained their mutant name, to the reasoning behind their costumes and how they come to learn how to propyl wield their superpowers. No stone is left unturned creating a truly memorable experience that will leave even the most die-hard comic nerds drooling and craving more.
One of the factors that really impressed me with this film is all the genres it manages to represent due to the large number of story arcs that are going on at the same time through out its running time. You get romance, action, revenge, and even a few brief moments of humor to the point that this film can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages and walks of life, you do not have to be a uber comic book fan boy to take something away from the film a very noteworthy feat for the comic movie sub genre if you ask me. X-Men: First Class is the perfect blend of die-hard fan pleasing Easter eggs and nerd trivia while maintaining a easy to follow method of story telling creating a monster of a film that will be talked about for generations to come when the subject of classic superhero films are brought up for discussion.
I always like to look at the audience around me whenever I see a blockbuster release on opening day, this time around I saw children, elderly, teens, every age and demographic were represented to some degree and when the credits rolled each and everyone of said people clapped and left that theatre pleased with the money they just spent. I watched as children mimicked their favorite characters outside in the lobby and overheard nerds a plenty going on and on about how this was the X-Men movie they had been wanting since the start.
If you have been undecided on rather or not to see this film in the theatre, take my recommendation to heart and do so you will not be let down and will have yourself one of the most entertaining movie going experiences of your life. Pack the kids into the car; toss a blanket over grandma this thrill packed ride will leave the entire family cheering and smiling ear to eat.
On behalf of The Liberal Dead I give X-Men: First Class a well earned 10 of 10 and award for best comic book movie I have seen to date. Fan boys be warned you are going to want to bring a extra pair of pants and something to cover your nerd boner with.