Rating: 4.5/5 – A Nearly Perfect Superhero Film!
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Hank Johnson.
The movie opens with a great battle scene set in the future. Blink, Warpath, Bishop, Kitty Pryde, and Ice Man are all fighting off a sentinel army. This scene was top notch, especially the way Director Bryan Singer filmed and used Blink’s power set. The plot of the movie centers on the cast from the original trilogy holding sentinels at bay in the future while the X-Men First Class cast, aided by Wolverine whose consciousness is transported back into his past body, try to prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from murdering Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) in 1973.
Dinklage does an exceptional job playing Bolivar Trask. To be fair, it took me a second to adjust to him not playing Tyrion Lannister. Once my mind made the shift, Dinklage proved to be a haunting foil for the movie. I particularly liked a scene in which Dinklage said his mission to eliminate the mutants wasn’t about hating them, but survival. While the lines could have come across as hacky, Dinklage used just the right amount of inflection to come across as a somewhat sympathetic character, despite the horrible atrocities he committed. When future Wolverine wakes up in his past body Singer does an amazing job of showing what Times Square looked like in 1973 (complete with a billboard containing a smoking Marlboro man).
The Quicksilver sequence was the best 20 minutes of any superhero film hands down. Evan Peters played the character Quicksilver with an unmatched style and flair. He stole every moment he was on camera. His main scene was filmed in super slow-motion while time in a bottle played hauntingly. Having seen almost every super-hero movie (even watching David Hasslehoff play Nick Fury) this was far and away the best display of powers I have ever seen in a film. I can’t wait for the DVD to watch this scene again. I also liked how Singer systematically used a variety of Easter eggs throughout the film, particularly when Quicksilver was involved. I am sure I missed a few too.
Singer does an amazing job mixing 1970’s style footage with modern movie production values, another high water mark for the film. The climactic battle scene had top-notch special effects. During the final few scenes Michael Fassbender really nailed the character of Magneto. Fassbender’s portrayal of Magneto is probably second only to Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark as perfect casting in my mind. I’d love for Fox to make a Magneto solo movie if Fassbender played the character. If I remove my personal nitpicks, it really is a nearly perfect superhero film. If you have seen and enjoyed the other films in the X-Men franchise, you should like this one as well. It was a lot of fun and a great way to spend 2 hours this summer.
Reviewed by: Hank Johnson
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