I have to admit, I was pretty “meh” on the announcement of X-men: First Class. After The Last Stand and Wolverine I just wasn’t interested in the universe anymore.
And then they cast Michael Fassbender as Magneto.
Mediazombie (and her brother) and I hit up a matinee. The movie is a lot of fun and a good way to re-boot the franchise. The sixties period styling is nice as is the tie-in with the real-world Cuban Missle crisis (President Kenney’s archival footage makes an appearance). There’s a montage sequence during “mutant training” that looks very mod with the boxes bringing in the scene in an out.
I thought Fassbender did an excellent job as Erik/Magneto. His eyes are so expressive that even when he wears the helmet you can still see the emotion, he doesn’t overdo it. James McAvoy was also good as Charles/Professor X – he even got a few digs in about how the character is bald in the original. Although it seemed a bit hammy at times, Kevin Bacon does make a nice villain, very slimy (didn’t like his henchwoman January Jones much – looked nice but given very little to do).
It was a fun afternoon.
(Forgot to write down the previews, sorry).