Director Matthew Vaughn with writing buddy Jane Goldman after their profane pleasures with last year’s “Kick-Ass” again return and prove that they truly know how to combine fantasy vigor with tenderness.
“Say it loud, I’m mutant and I’m proud”, this origin story set in the 1960’s leaves behind the coming-out-of-the-closet motif of the previous X-Men films and instead focuses on a racial tone (blue-skinned Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence, must learn to live with her dark scaly complexion and unruly hair). Replete with its Marvel Comics superheroics of "alternate history" sci-fi (this time X-Men are part of the Cuban Missile Crisis), it has a James Bond-esque Cold War international feel.
Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) is the mutant evil bad guy with a ravishing living diamond as a companion (January Jones). Jones’ character dons plunging necklines with a white form-fitting outfit (we’re not complaining) that is very much reminiscent of every James Bond femme fatale. James McAvoy plays the young Charles Xavier (when he wasn’t bald or paralyzed and was a young hot nerd). Michael Fassbender is a Holocaust survivor wronged by Sebastian Shaw and grows into the antagonist metal bender, Magneto. The supporting cast include a blue furry Beast, a sonic-powered flier and a butterfly winged Angel Salvadore; their fights seem lame and even ‘comical’.
This prequel reboot of the "X-Men" franchise based on the Marvel comics is serious about pulp entertainment. Although, the movie’s title doesn’t refer to its quality, this "X-Men" is surely first-class.
Here comes "X-Men: First Class", the finest comic-book flick since 2008’s "The Dark Knight".