I sat down today (finally) and watched the latest in the X-Men franchise. Read on after the jump to see what I thought about the new film.
The latest installment of the X-Men series of movies takes us back in time to the age when Erik Lensherr (Magneto) and Charles Xavier (Professor X) were working together toward a mutual goal. One could say they were “friends”, though one would have to admit the “friendship” was somewhat tenuous.
We start out with both of them as children, around the age of 10 or so. We also get to meet Raven (Mystique) at this point and get a feel for how all of them came to understand their powers. We also get to see, as I’m sure most could imagine, the divergent backgrounds the main characters grew up in which would naturally effect the way they were shaped and how they feel about…well…everything…
Without dropping too much in the way of spoilers, I’ll tell you that Erik and Charles are working together to thwart the efforts of another mutant…one who has a particularly foul disposition and a penchant for being a bit of a cock. This other mutant, namely Sebastian Shaw, (Played by the one and only, very obviously Kevin Bacon, Kevin Bacon) has his own team of bad-guys which he uses with lethal efficiency to wreak all kinds of havoc in his quest for world domination.
During the course of the film we see the beginnings of many of the staples of the X-Men franchise. Again, I’m not going to drop tons of spoilers but much of the technology – along with many of the characters fans have come – to know get their start, or at least get their groundwork laid out, in this movie.
Now, on to the movie itself.
I found the acting to be adequate. The sound and visual effects were as one would expect from a franchise known for good sound and great visuals and the plot was decent enough.
Much of the movie seemed to move fairly slowly, due to the attention paid to character development. I found myself thinking, in fact, that they spent quite a bit too much time on character development and not nearly enough time on mutant ass-kickery. Many times when I thought a good old fashioned bitch slapping was in order, they left me wanting.
This isn’t to say that there wasn’t a good amount of action…there was…The movie featured lots of explosions, kung-fu, and gun-play. These are good things and account for 3 of the 4 factors which make up the perfect movie. The only thing missing was barenaked boobies, which made me very sad but I kinda figured I wouldn’t get to see any so my disappointment wasn’t too deep.
The climax was fairly predictable and the outcome couldn’t have been any more transparent if it was made of Waterford crystal but I suppose that’s to be expected in the prequel of such a large and well known franchise so I suppose that’s not something I can hold against the makers of the film.
All in all it was an enjoyable 2 hours. I wasn’t awed by any means but I wasn’t left feeling disappointed, either. For fans of the franchise I would definitely recommend seeing this. For people who like action and super-hero movies in general, I’d also go ahead and give this the green light.
Just don’t go in expecting miracles.