Uh, you need to see this movie. Like now. Actually more like yesterday.
I’m a fan of most comic book movies anyway, but the X-Men movies are among my favorites. And this is hands down my favorite of the X-Men movies. It was awesome. It’s a prequel to the rest of the movies, filling in those of us who haven’t read the comics on exactly what happened between Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) to put them on opposite sides. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have really good chemistry as two people with different approaches to the same issue – I’ll be honest, I really wanted them to make out a couple times, especially when Charles is helping Erik focus his abilities to move a satellite dish. He totally should have gone for it.
ETA: Haha, apparently, James McAvoy agrees with me: “It is a little bit of a mini-tragedy that him and Magneto don’t, you know, have sex and become married and become best friends.” [source]
The supporting cast are (mostly) good, too – Kevin Bacon is definitely ominous as the villain and the team of mutants that Charles and Erik assemble are all likable. The one weak spot is, unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique. I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone, but everything I heard about her was good. Alas, she is…not good here. I don’t know if it was the part or the writing, but given the quality of the rest of the film, I’m inclined to think that it’s her. This does not bode well for the Hunger Games movies…
The only problem (and it’s not a problem – it’s just that I’m not sure it was intended) is that the movie makes Magneto a lot more sympathetic than Professor X – he has good reason to be distrustful of non-mutants and, although he may not use the most ideal methods to get his results, you can definitely see his point. And Professor X is a little insufferable – so optimistic and smooth and a little self-righteous despite not always using his own abilities for solely virtuous purposes.
Plus, come on, Magneto pulls a submarine out of the ocean. How cool is that?!
Summer blockbuster tally = 10-1-0