The latest installment of the X-Men franchise is the prequel to a reboot of a POS franchise. I knew going into this movie that it would take a major evolution in production, direction, and script writing in order to resurrect X-Men. Surprisingly this movie delivers with some rudimentary “character development”, interesting alternate history, spy movie intrigue, modern-day political issues, and most importantly, Kevin Bacon. Yes! I was just thinking the other day that it had been a while since I got some Kevin Bacon. In addition to Kevin Bacon, we get Jester from Top Gun and that random dude that is always playing the crazed Russian general attempting to ignite WW3.
James McAvoy (the half-goat dude from The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe) does a great job as a young Charles Xavier. The role of Magneto is portrayed well by Michael Fassbender (the British Lieutenant in Inglorious Basterds), who does a perfect impression of a Polish Jew speaking French and Spanish with an Irish accent. Fassbender’s Magneto shows us a much deeper connection to McAvoy’s Xavier and his good-to-evil-to-good-to-evil evolution. Jennifer Lawrence may not be as hawt as Rebecca Romijn in her portrayal as Mystique, but Lawrence does a much better job doing this thing called “acting”. At least we get a cameo of Romijn. The best line in the movie is a simple two-word, one-liner from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I do not want to give away too much of the movie, so use your imagination on which two words Wolverine would use in a movie. By far, Kevin Bacon steals the show as evil dude of the year, at least until Fassbender’s Magneto exacts revenge on the evil Baconator. The audience will enjoy the schadenfreude of seeing the demise of Kevin Bacon in the climax.
It is too early to call this one the movie of the summer, but I will bet that it is the best comic book movie in recent times. I guarantee that this comic book film will be one of the few that uses rudimentary character and plot development. I give this film 4/5 stars.