X-Men: First Class (spoiler-free!)

If you hadn’t already noticed, this year is a pretty big one for superhero films. We went to X-Men: First Class last night, and I rather enjoyed it, despite some crappy CG and very obvious greenscreen (although probably not helped by the poor projection). There are a couple of plot holes, which I won’t mention as they’re spoilerific, but I was surprised that they managed to sneak in as they kinda leapt out of the screen and smacked me on the forehead (metaphorically speaking… this was a 2D session, after all).

Perhaps the biggest issue – and I’m not quite sure whether it was intended to be this way, or whether it’s just me – is that this is really Magneto’s film. In fact, dare I say, perhaps this should have been the shelved solo outing for the character, X-Men Origins: Magneto, with the young team of X-Men the secondary focus. Despite his Irish accent (I’m not sure Magneto should have one), Michael Fassbender steals the show. But more to the point, Magneto appears to be pretty much right about absolutely everything – nothing shown in the film runs counter to his interpretation of how the world works, and by the end of the film it’s clear the X-Men – Charles Xavier, in particular – are a bunch of deluded do-gooders.


I’m a big fan of comic book villains who are really more like anti-heroes – Catwoman and Poison Ivy immediately spring to mind. I’m no X-Men expert, but Magneto certainly seems to fall into this category.

I just wonder if, perhaps, this was slightly unintentional in X-Men: First Class? Magneto is protrayed as a ruthless, driven individual with a strong agenda, and sure, he kills a few people in the film (mostly Nazis). But he’s very sympathetic. Too sympathetic? I’m not sure. But I do know by the end I was rooting for him, not the X-Men, who came across as naive and a bit wet.

I hope Fox’s plan for First Class to be the first of a trilogy pans out, because I’ll be very interested to see where they take it.