‘X-Men: First Class’ Early Reviews Are Positive

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Arguably the biggest wildcard of the 2011 Summer Movie Season is X-Men: First Class, FOX’s  X-Men prequel directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake). The film combines both elements of the X-Men comics and elements of the X-Men movie world built by Bryan Singer – and yet, with First Class, the filmmakers are endeavoring to establish a base from which to launch a whole new take on the X-Men movie franchise.

If that all sounds confusing, a lot of fans would agree – and many have voiced their low hopes and unhappiness with this project ever since its inception. Today the first reviews of X-Men: First Class are hitting the Web, so what’s the general consesus about this risky new interpretation of the X-Men universe?

In a word: great.

It seems that despite the “bastardized” interpretation of X-Men lore, the dangerously rushed production schedule of the film, the atrocious promotional poster campaign, and all the rest of the doomsday predictions, X-Men: First Class is not only NOT a disaster, but is quite possibly the best X-Men movie since X2, one of the best superhero movies to date, one of smarter summer blockbusters in a long time, and is, all around, a good movie.

…That is if you believe a word that any of the following reviewers from any of the following websites are saying. (Look for our own Screen Rant official review next week ;-).)

NOTE: Click the name of any website to read a full breakdown of their early impressions:


[This] feel like a more significant story than the average comic book movie…In fact, there’s nothing that I would really call “average” about this.  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 almost desperately sincere, and I mean that in a good way.  Everyone in the film plays it like they’re holding nothing back…The way relationships evolve in this film is particularly heartbreaking, because it makes later configurations of people resonate in different ways.  You look at who’s hanging out with who in Singer’s “X-Men” films now, and it hurts…I like the way history folds into the movie and it is clever without being annoying.  It all makes nice thematic sense, and I think it’s well utilized.  I was afraid it was going to be very “Forrest Gump,” but it’s actually pretty simple and direct.


[A] prequel/reboot in the same style of what JJ Abrams did for the Star Trek franchise…It fits right in with Bryan Singer’s first two X-Men films and is probably the second best film in the series next to X-Men United. And I say that with a certain bit of nostalgia for the sequel, as it came out at a time when comic book adaptations didn’t strive to be anything more than popcorn fun. But the more and more I think about it, the more and more I think Vaughn’s film might have surpassed it. (You can watch /Film‘s video early review HERE.)


[If] the supporting cast seem at all weak, thinly-drawn or unfamiliar, then that merely primes the stage for the chess-game between Charles and Erik. This conflict, the result of which is certain from the start, is developed and executed without a hitch, evoking the Star Wars prequels not only in its narrative inevitability, but in how it triumphs where Lucas failed.


I don’t really know how true the film is to the comics, if I’m being honest. There’s an awful lot of comics, and they seem to contradict themselves an awful lot. There’s some interesting work done in making sense of bits of disparate comics continuity within this one new framework, and a lot of “grounding” of things that might go unexplained on the page. The jumpsuits everybody wears are completely sensible, for example, and there’s even a range of reasons that explain why Emma Frost is always dressed the way she is. Fun details that will make for some nice, chewy debates

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In our own post about the best superhero  movie of summer 2011 X-Men: First Class was the winner in both the characters and story department. Judging from the reviews above, we made the right call.

Some people may still insist that departing from continuity and canon is sin, but as pointed out in one review, X-Men comic (and movie) continuity has never been all that logical to begin with. Faith in Matthew Vaughn – and particularly James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender – has always kept us believing in this project. Hopefully, with more reviews like these and some strong word of mouth, even the most unaware or unwilling movie goers will be convinced to give this film a chance. So far, it sounds like there is plenty of reason to do so.

X-Men: First Class will be in theaters on June 3rd in the U.S. and June 1st in the UK.

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  1. Wohoo! June 3 doesn’t come fast enough.

  2. Here’s my bottom line: If the movie has a good, compelling story, the acting is good, it makes me care about the characters, has gripping action scenes and is exciting, then I’m a happy guy.

    If it doesn’t exactly match the supposed continuity of the 50 year run of the numerous X-Men titles, if there are characters in this “origin” story that aren’t in the comics – I don’t care. It’s the X-Men MOVIE universe. If you don’t like it, then go back to your trunk full of comics, pull those bad boys out of their plastic, cardboard-backed bags, kick back and get sucked into the stories you love so much once again – and ignore that the movies exist.

    This neverending, whining, “the movie will suck because it doesn’t match the comics” is BEYOND getting old. I thought Kofi was a bit harsh in his infamous “Fanboy” article – but now I’m thinking he was pretty much dead-on.


  3. Am I the only fan who’s actually looking FORWARD to this movie? I loved the original First Class, and I’m a bit dissapointed we can’t see Emma with the present-day Xmen, but that doesn’t trump my desire for a good story. Anyone remember what Joss Whedon did on Astonishing a few years back? What made it so good was less the fact that it was faithful to its predecessor (Morrison’s run) and more to do with the fact that it was witty, character-driven, and solidly written.
    I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’d rather see a fresh take on established characters than a live action version of a story I’ve already read and know front to back.

  4. I’ve seen the movie yesterday at a french press screenings and to be honnest it definitly live up to the expectations of the early reviews. It’s without a doubt the best of the serie and a real “twin movie” of x-men 2 on so many levels. I was expecting the movie to fall like X-Men 3 and that’s the opposite who just happened. It’s a freakin fanboy dream and a brillant mix, between james bond/drama and mutant. It’s not always 100% faithful to every stories but it’s very respectful of the universe. It’s one of the most intelligent “semi reboot” i’ve seen. I can’t wait to see it again.

  5. beast didnt turn beast until the 2nd movie because if you watch it when mysquie turned into “Grace” in the backround in the bar Hank or beast was human. so they messed that up. And pefesor X dint meet magneto till he was seventeen so the first movie proves that he was about 10 in 1842 that would mean magneto was about twenty because jean was born after them and wasnt part of first class cause they found jean when he was 23. but i still love the movies

  6. Some scenes seem to be missing here obviously. How can a movie have so much mention of Cuba and no Cuban characters. Were they afraid of the politics or what? The training scenes were way too long. Something else must have been left out for much other drawn out scenes. Just not credible. Don’t even bother to see the movie, save your money, it’s not worth it, nothing like the other X-Men movies, terrible editing job anyway. This movie is going nowhere. The bad PR will surely go viral from day one.

  7. I for one was very surprised at actually how good the movie as a whole was.Ok yes its not cannon as to the comics. But the first trilogy kinda wrecked that anyway,so new blood and new origin I can cope with.The acting was spot on, I felt each actor was tru to form for his/her character.Michael Fassbender was the best Magneto period and James was excellent as Charles. All in all I’d say the casting was good. And I’d also like to say that this movie should be looked upon as a complete seperate entity from the prior films. Start over and do the comics better justice than the before. Wolvie was a very nice and funny touch but come on, the last 3 had too much focus on him. All in all I look forward to the “new” X-Men franchise!