Some first thoughts from reviews are out ( Embargo on full reviews until the 25th ).
Simply put I loved it. Itís a superior, exciting, and intelligent comic book movie. McAvoy and Fassbender are brilliant ... and beyond the movieís expected grand action Vaughn has managed to instill X-Men: First Class with a real emotional core, complexity and a huge amount of style.
James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique) and director Matthew Vaughn (Kick ***, Stardust) deserve much credit for bringing X-Men up to date, refreshed, while, ironically, taking it back in time...
There is all the excitement, pace and spectacle that you would expect and want from an X-Men film, but what makes X-Men: First Class a film that I canít wait to see again is the people in it. Jennifer Lawrence (Winterís Bone) is one of the true marvels. Vulnerable and fierce, Lawrenceís Mystique has extraordinary depth and much of it is portrayed with no need for words. Whether blue and proud or white and ashamed, this Mystique reflects better than most here the blur between good and evil. But alongside Lawrence we also have fantastic performances from James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon to name just three. For creating this new X-Men world, from which one sequel at least should be demanded, we should be grateful to director Matthew Vaughn.
It seems that the Marketing materials imported from the US really hasnít been doing this film justice, we all know about the badly photoshopped posters, other EU countries getting trailers with better clips etc but the feedback from initial screenings in the UK has been phenomenal and hereís just a snippet of what Andrew thinks of X-Men: First Class, which hits cinemas Nationwide on June 1st. PREBOOK SOON, Itís gonna be geektastic, noÖ GEEKGASMIC!!
X-Men: First Class is the long awaited phoenix from the ashes of a flailing franchise.