X-Men: First Class review <minor spoilers perhaps>
Okay, I'll say it: this was the best superhero origin movie since Iron Man. I'm not sure how it's box office will do considering that it's a cast of relative unknowns, but I wholeheartedly recommend it.
James MacAvoy (from "Wanted" and "Atonement") and Michael Fassbender (the British operative who joins the title characters in "Inglourious Basterds") team up as friends - and later foes (though I wouldn't call that a spoiler) - Charles Xavier (Dr. X) and Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto) - in the early days of mutant racism (speciesism?), circa 1960 and the Cold War. That's really all you need to know about the story. X-Men: First Class was directed by Matthew Vaughan (of the criminally underrated and very funny "Kick-ass"), but he seems like a different filmmaker this time around. The whole film has a very old school vibe to it (except for the CGI and the Party of Five-ish teen-angst issues faced by some of the younger mutants in the cast). It feels like a Sean Connery Bond film at times, it feels like a "Thirteen Days"-ish Cuban Missile Crisis Cold War thriller at times, and it reminds me of "Batman Begins" in terms of the patience given to the two main characters in how their backgrounds are slowly detailed. Sadly, I can see this working against the film as some teenybopper viewers (indeed the film's target audience) may find the film to be a bit slow-moving.
Oh, and January Jones - one of the worst actress around, unfortunately - spends much of the movie wearing little more than a glorified bikini, so that only added to my enjoyment.
See this movie. Yes.