X Men: First Class
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.
With actors like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne and Nicholas Hoult, to name just a few of this film's stars, you would be forgiven for thinking "Can't wait!!". Unfortunately, wait is all you can do, wait for the end of the film that is.
This film starts off well, it's all there, it's set in the 60's, there is a selection of top actors, there's an evil Nazi villain who wants to start WW3 and a group of teenage mutants who discover they are not alone in the World. Even the plot based around the Cuban Missile Disaster was a good idea but the script quickly moves into B Movie mode when, it seems, they just run out of ideas. James McAvoy and Michaael Fassbender are a pleasure to watch on the screen and their banter is delightful, at first, but eventually the dialogue they are given is woeful and wasteful of their talents.
The scenes in the Bay of Pigs where the American Navy versus the Cubans and the Russians is pretty well done and the 60's feel works well here.
Gripes: Whoever shot the scene where angel and banshee fly around and fight should be shot. It's like it was really filmed in the 60's. And, don't get me started on the costume design. No wait, check that, I'm going to start on the costume design. Listen, even if you have a 60's setting it doesn't necessarily mean you have to have 60's style costumes, this is fiction! I started laughing at Kevin Bacon's helmet and collapsed on the floor at the X Men's uniforms. Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique looked like she had a plastic face and wig, Nicholas Hoult couldn't speak properly in his "Beast" face and January Jones, sigh, was right in character in her gogo outfit but the Jennifer Frost Diamond suit was irritating.
Like, Marvel's Avengers, a lot of people wanted to like this film but not even the fans could make it a blockbuster, the film peaked at 360mil and sits at number 200 on the Worldwide all time box office grosses chart.
Of course, the film's position on the chart has no relevance to the enjoyment of the film. Avatar and Inception prove that.