The Rise of an Antihero

Finally got around to watching "X-Men: First Class".

I'd love to go down the less commercial road and blog about "Super 8" instead, but the handful of talented child actors aside, I can't really recall much about that flick. There were too many scenes with nothing happening in them. A little underwhelming for Spielberg-standards. Don't let that deter you from watching it though, it's still pretty decent, especially if you love explosive train-wrecks.

Anyway, back to "X-Men: First Class". It was brilliant. A charming movie with a charming cast, packed to the brim with some super dope action scenes. So much so, I'd put it right up there with J.J. Abram's remake of "Star Trek". It's fresh, it's emotionally gripping and will definitely appeal to the masses - not just to fans of the Marvel franchise.

And did you guys see how Magneto totally ripped that ship to shreds?

Fucking hell. I'm definitely buying the DVD once it's released, just so I can replay that scene again and again. Hats off to Michael Fassbender for that jaw-dropping performance. For every heart-thumping action sequence, every pant, every tear, every pulsating vein, and every slight tremble of the wrists. There's a new (okay, fine not THAT new) antihero in town, pained past and all, and with shit loads of badassery to boot.

Yes, I was that impressed. Even more so since he totally outperformed James McAvoy, a brilliant actor who's never failed to deliver.

Rating: 9.0/10 (Docking off 1.0 for tactless highlight of Darwin during the mention of the word "enslave".)

But bonus points for the cameos. Those were class.

PS, I also confess that my high regard for Michael Fassbender has something to do with the fact that he's a creepy combination of both Xabi Alonso and Christopher Plummer, noted during "Inglorious Basterds", where his unfortunate character got shot in the balls for fucking up some drink order.

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