It’s extremely rare when I go see a movie, mostly because I have no interest in what’s playing. But last Friday, I went to see X-Men: First Class with my brother and my best friend.
And I was impressed. I was never a huge fan of super hero movies, but here are a couple of reasons why I liked X-Men so much.
1. Magneto’s backstory as survivor of the Holocaust made him much more sympathetic. Even though he eventually becomes a villain, he has solid and believable motives for splitting from Charles Xavier’s band of mutants.
2. Quite a few different languages. I detected French, German, Spanish, and Russian. I think keeping languages in the film makes it more authentic. I’d rather read subtitles than have a scene that takes place in Germany be spoken in English.
3. James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X) and Michael Fassbender (Erik/Magneto) worked well together and the sense of close friendship gained, then lost was very powerful.
4. The movie took place in the 1960s and successfully weaved fantasy with the reality of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I always enjoy a movie set in the past rather than one set in the present or the future.
Seen any good movies lately?