Swag is further evidenced by the cast’s impeccable wardrobe. I loved the mod vibe and when you factor in the black turtlenecks, three-piece suits, leather jackets, and trench coats, let’s see if we can’t love this cast even more.
Another pleasant surprise: the soundtrack. Henry Jackman, I applaud you for your heavy, guitar-laced, suspense inducing score. It dripped with revenge and I felt cool just listening to it. Not sure about it? Just listen to Magneto’s theme.
Aside from the man candy, three-piece suits, and amazing score, I enjoyed the new take on the Cuban Missile Crisis (gotta love a semi-believable alternate history), the slew of LANGUAGES (German, French, English, Spanish, and Russian. Finally, someone figured out that speaking English with horrible accents just wouldn’t cut it. Authenticity is key and, well, a tri-lingual Michael Fassbender doesn’t hurt the ratings, either) and all of the delicious back-story details (Magneto and Mystique’s weird chemistry, the anti-telepath helmet, Charles’s paralysis, Hank’s transformation into Beast, the list goes on).
The only dark spots in an otherwise perpetual grin-inducing movie were: 1. The terribly cheesy, impossible to take seriously pick-up line turned public service announcement “mutant and proud” that kept popping up. This theme was annoyingly unnecessary as it is basically the foundation for the original X-Men plot, and 2. The hurl-worthy grey sweat suits worn for “training” at the Xavier manor; truly offensive (bring back the turtlenecks and leather)!
All-in-all, X-Men: First Class has all of the elements essential to a superhero comic book action movie prequel (and I would know): ridiculously attractive multi-lingual protagonists, plot twists you definitely saw coming but chose to ignore, leather jackets, and finally, a truly evil villain bent on world domination. You really can’t ask for much more. But please, next time, leave the sweat suits and tag lines at home.