I think when I went to see X-Men: First Class it was more out of obligation than anything else. I mean, the last two X-Men movies were so bad, and now this one didn’t even have any of the original cast in it, so I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be awesome. But I’m happy to say that I was wrong. This movie did what I didn’t think it was possible to do; it made X-Men movies good again. Ok, so the next one kind of ended up sucking, but First Class really did open the door for more good X-Men movies. I don’t think anybody thought they would make another one after The Last Stand, and the studio was clearly grasping at straws with X-Men Origins, but now suddenly the franchise had a bright future. And I’ll tell you one thing for sure, they wouldn’t be making a time travel crossover sequel/prequel quasi-reboot if First Class hadn’t been so successful. Re-watching the movie now, it isn’t the greatest in the franchise. It’s a little silly in places, there’s a few plot holes, and a couple of scenes are kind of cringe worthy. However the positive elements manage to outshine these shortcomings. It does a really good job of showing the relationship between young Magneto and Professor X, the whole 1960’s aesthetic is very fun to watch, and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are great replacements for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. But more important than it’s lasting value as a film is what it did for the franchise, which was to totally revive it. Now we could all start forgetting about the god awful Origins and Last Stand. And who knows, if we’re lucky, maybe Wolverine will go back in time and stop those movies from happening.
Overall Rating: Fresh/10