'X-Men: First Class' Review: New Life for an Old Series?

Sally Mercedes

X-Men First Class movie stillComic book and superhero movies seem to be taking over movie theaters this summer, and this week's release is X-Men: First Class. Starring James McAvoy, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, and a bunch more, the movie is supposed to be a prequel. The movie features a Nazi camp, Cold War politics, JFK, and our favorite mutants. It sounds intriguing, doesn't it? Like it could be enthralling and entertaining, or absolutely awful.

A look at reviews for X-Men: First Class tell us which to expect ...

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

It is not a great comic book movie, like "Spider-Man 2," or a bad one, like "Thor." It is not in 3-D, which is a mercy. The actors all embody their roles convincingly, if somewhat humorlessly, and the special effects cope admirably with those rockets changing directions.

L. Thompson, E! Online:

The prequel none of us thought we wanted turns out to be more of a fun time than anybody expected. A return to form for the X-flicks, this semi-prequel/reboot remembers above all else to be fun [...]

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:

It’s good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen — with actors and effects — so that we won’t mind spending our money on it.

Kofi Outlaw, Screen Rant:

This reinterpretation not only makes First Class interesting as a movie, but in my opinion (as a longtime fan of the comics) improves upon these characters’ backstories in ways the comics never have.

Can you imagine? A movie -- not in 3-D! score! -- with good special effects, good acting, and an entertaining story? It's no wonder some of the reviews are stellar, this is a breath of fresh air. Some of the critics weren't totally impressed by it, but we don't expect a cinematic masterpiece; X-Men: First Class is just a fun, family-friendly summer movie, after all. If it's entertainment we want and entertainment we get, it's a win in my book.

I'll admit something that will surely make my comic book-crazed friends weep in a corner: I don't think I've seen any of the X-Men movies. I know I saw at least some parts of the first, but otherwise, nothin'. After reading these reviews, though, I really want to see this one.

What do you all say, should I watch the other movies and give this one a go? Are you going to watch X-Men: First Class this weekend?


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