Excerpt: It’s no secret that films based on comic books and graphic novels are a dime a dozen these days, but back in 2000 that wasn’t necessarily the case. I had the opportunity to see the original “X-Men” movie in Las Vegas while at the VSDA convention and, suffice it to say, we were all blown away.
Excerpt: Movie X-Men: First Class , if you didn't know by now, takes us back to the formation of Marvel's famed mutant organisation. With X3 having brought the curtain down on the original lineage of X-Men flicks and Wolverine safely established in a franchise of his own, 20th Century Fox turned to the...
Excerpt: Directed by Matthew Vaughn, he of Kick-Ass fame, and based on a script credited to a half dozen writers (!), X-Men: First Class begins during the Second World War where a Nazi scientist named Dr.
Summary: Matthew Vaughn might appear to be an odd choice to direct this feature. You might remember that he left production of the third film and many fans had thought he bailed on the project. Bringing back Bryan Singer was a stroke of genius but many have questioned Vaughn’s participation.
Conclusion: Real history, comic book history and blockbuster moviemaking coalesce in the uniquely enjoyable X-Men: First Class , rewarding for the fans (like me) but plenty-interesting for non-fans (like my wife) too, even if you only half-remember the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen trilogy.
Conclusion: 'First Class' was one of the best summer blockbusters, because it was smart and wasn't afraid to go places few superhero movies fear to tread. It's an engaging origin story, but it stands on its own as a great film.
Excerpt: X-Men: First Class will produce grandly scaled summer movie entertainment, partially to keep a billion dollar franchise cranking, and to appease mainstream buffs with high energy visuals. Straight to the point, it’s what we expect.
Conclusion: The one thing I do see about having this film come before the trilogy that we all know and not necessarily love is that the the time frames of those events don’t match up with the events of First Class.
Excerpt: It may technically be a prequel to the X-Men film franchise begun in 2000 by director Bryan Singer, but X-Men: First Class deserves to stand on its own merits. Hitting the reboot button after the mediocre trilogy closer The Last Stand, and the subsequent equally mediocre Wolverine spin-off, was a...