Just Watched: X-Men: First Class
I’ve been a fan of comics for a very long time despite not having read a lot of them (like many other fans have). When it comes to making a choice between DC Comics and Marvel Comics, I have always chosen the former while I do like Iron Man, which is my favourite Marvel character. Have never really been a fan of the X-Men as I never wanted to see a Marvel comic adaptation on the big screen. Honestly, the only reason I saw this film was January Jones, and the fact that the trailer actually seemed interesting. I didn’t have much expectations. I was in for a surprise, a pleasant one at that.
Not only was this film brilliant, but it also managed to generate an interest for the X-Men franchise in me. The performances were a very important reason for this. James McAvoy was brilliant as Charles Xavier (who later becomes Professor X). January Jones as Emma Frost was cold and menacing, just the way a femme fatale should be. Honestly, it was difficult to take my eyes off her. Strange how she managed to do this after having played the American housewife in Mad Men, a show which, like this film, is set in the 1960s. The transition from Betty Draper to Emma Frost is truly fascinating. Kevin Bacon as the Sebastian Shaw was charmingly evil in just the right amounts. Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne were adequate enough. Annabelle Wallis has a very small role, but I happened to remember her from somewhere. Turns out she was in some random Hindi film with Amitabh Bachchan. I didn’t even know her name till I looked her up because she seemed that familiar! Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn have uncredited cameos too. The star of the show, however, is Michael Fassbender, who is magnificent as Erik Lehnsherr, who later goes on to become Magneto. This man has a bright future and it I’m waiting to see how he progresses.
Matthew Vaughn has done a great job with this film and Henry Jackman’s background score is phenomenal, especially the wonderful Magneto theme. All this make the film entertaining and a delight to watch. Considering it managed to garner my interest in an entire franchise, it will rank high in my comic book adaptations list. The end result is, well, truly first class.
Personal Rating: 8.3/10