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11.6.11

Review: X-Men: First Class

Yesterday night I took a dekko at X-Men First Class.
It's one helluva movie, a relief after the bloody mess they made of the X-Men series till now- the trilogy as well as Wolverine, which in my opinion was an attempted saving grace.
First Class really had it- babes, bombs, blood- all in the right amounts. Michael Fassbender does incredible acting as Magneto. He really takes the cake; James McAvoy throws around smooth moves as Charles Xavier, but even his psychologist-professor vibe doesn't come close to Magneto's intense fervor- you can almost see revenge in his eyes.
It's something I observed; a true actor will put himself in the shoes of the very character he must portray. It is something you can observe in the greats- Naseruddin Shah, Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind), Sean Connery, Joe Pesci (My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas), Jack Nicholsen- some of the best that I know.
They don't act out their parts so much as they live out the role. Michael Fassbender is one of those- he is Magneto, for all intents and purposes, not some actor playing Magneto.
Still, though- there is only one more mutant who can still steal the cake- and that is Wolverine. He makes a ten-second appearance in the film, and coolly tells Charles and Erik to fuck themselves- one of the best scenes throughout. You can tell it's him by the way the cigar is tapped against the ashtray and the slight hesitation the pair show- and the atmosphere goes- hey, maybe this guy's too much. They wisely leave him alone.
By far X-Men First Class is worth it, completely. If you haven't watched it yet, I suggest you do. The camerawork is awesome, the plot incredible (although slightly deviant from the original, but still solid), the casting is excellent. Four stars.

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