Early Reactions to Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”

I wasn’t too excited for the upcoming X-Men: First Class, mostly because Fox’s track record isn’t all that great when it comes to superhero comic movies and also because it’s felt like the marketing department has gone into overkill to try and sell this movie.

Well, my excitement just went up a few notches after several sites began publishing their early reactions to the movie (comes out June 3rd) and all of them have been nearly rapturous in their praise.

Also, one reviewer said that Michael Fassbender is basically auditioning for James Bond, so why not just give him and Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake is still the tits) the franchise when Daniel Craig is done with it.

Slashfilm: “I had assumed that the advertising was being packed with all the moments in an effort to sell a action-less origin story, but I was surprised at how much action was actually the film. I don’t think anyone will see this movie and come out disappointed. It strikes a great balance of being accessible to non-comic book fans and packing some pretty cool easter eggs that comic geeks will love (I will keep this vague as I don’t want to spoil any of the fun).”

BadassDigest: “The movie is awesome. Like, really, truly awesome. Big, fun, great looking and with wonderful characters played by cool actors – X-Men: First Class is everything you kind of hope a superhero movie would be when they started making these things.” … “Nobody’s going to care if the events of the first three X-Men films get retconned out of existence. What people are going to care about is seeing the great mutant characters reborn in a more robust, fun and frankly satisfying context … Again, nobody’s going to care if the events of X-Men: Second Classcontradict the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine as long as the next movie is as good as the first one.” … “James Bond did it. Batman did it. Fox has let the X-Men halfway do it, but going forward from here (and if there’s justice X-Men: First Class will be a huge hit and spawn at least two sequels), the studio needs to go all in and remove these swinging 60s mutants from the shackles of the other four movies.”

Bleeding Cool: “First Class contains some of the briskest and most efficient storytelling I’ve seen in any recent blockbuster. An awful lot happens, and awfully quickly at times, but it’s all clear and while some nice moments might be over in the blink of an eye, this can only reward repeat viewers. …  This film does not hang around – and at over two hours of running time, that’s a virtue, because when nothing drags, and the audience don’t get bored, the minutes just whistle by. There are some characters who get short shrift and aren’t allowed the space, or focus, that would have allowed them to really come to life – Riptide and Azazel, definitely, and Darwin, perhaps; and Moira McTaggart sort of fades away for a while, but while she’s around, some of her scenes are great. An amazing amount of the characters are sketched out most deftly. It’s that efficiency again.”

HitFix: “Right now, I’m still sort of in shock at how much of it works, and how ambitious the entire thing is.” … “It uses your expectations about the genre to set you up one way, then time and again, reaches for something a little bit more perverse or a little bit more eccentric or a little bit more heartfelt.” … “X-Men: First Class is a genuinely good movie, not just a good superhero movie.  Big and bold and aggressively told, it feels to me like this is the first film in a brand-new franchise, and even the few very wicked and enjoyable references to Singer’s films that are hidden in this one don’t tie it down.  This is ground zero, and I think Fox just got it right, really right, in a way I can’t say it feels like they have on any of their Marvel films so far.  With the right support, and with this film’s key creative team onboard, a sequel to this could well be the X-Men epic we’ve been waiting for since day one.”

HeyUGuys: “It’s rather pleasing then, that X-Men: First Class takes the series back to its roots, both figuratively, in terms of the character-focused drama, and literally, as we open with an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the beginning of Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film. In doing so, the film makes itself instantly familiar, and also, instantly engaging.” … “Indeed, it is in the treatment of the characters, and their relationships that the film really triumphs.” …  “Vaughn’s ability to direct action, and sense of humour run through the film, while the film still feels very much like a part of the world Singer created in his movies.”

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