James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult
Stryker: There is a war coming, John.
McCone: Yes, but a war with who?
Emma Frost: Excellent question…though I wouldn’t call it a war, exactly. That suggests that both sides stand an equal chance of winning.
Erick Lehnsherr (Fassbender), who will later become known as Magneto, is out for revenge on the man, Sebastian Shaw (Bacon), who killed his mother. Along the way, he crosses paths with another mutant, Charles Xavier (McAvoy). Together they recruit other mutants while Shaw plots to start World War III.
Slightly better than the first X-Men, not as good as the second one, and…well, we won’t even mention the third one.
There are moments here that are very good, and I definitely liked most of the casting, but at times it just feels overlong. It gets bogged down with too much “mutant and proud” talk. That territory has been covered quite extensively in the other movies, and while it’s certainly relevant to the young mutants here, that doesn’t make it any more fresh.
The other thing that didn’t work too well for me was Kevin Bacon as the villain. His presence seemed too gimmicky, which undermined the seriousness of the movie.
Now on to the things that I did like. Rose Byrne. If you’ve read my other reviews, you may know of my love for Rose Byrne. This movie did nothing to change that love. She’s awesome. McAvoy and Fassbender are good too, and the younger mutants are played well enough. Michael Ironside even makes an appearance near the end of the movie, which is always a welcome sight.
One quick aside about the cast though. In a movie that’s all about promoting the acceptance of everybody no matter what their appearance…there are not a whole lot of minorities present. Plus…I don’t want to be Mr. Spoiler, but…they kill off the black guy first…seriously? And then the other minority character is the first to turn into a villain with very little persuasion needed. Even for something set in the 60s, it’s a very white movie.
But hey, there’s some good drama, good action, a few funny moments, and…well, Rose Byrne.
What more do you need?
Mutant and proud!
10 – .6 because I didn’t like Kevin Bacon as the villain – 1.7 for getting bogged down in too many repetitive scenes = 7.7