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Old 05-31-11, 03:49 PM
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X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

Please continue pre-release discussion here.

Movie:
"X-Men: First Class" (Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hault, Lucas Till)

Release Date:
6/03/2011

Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including trying to focus intensely on Mystique and discerning if she really is nekkid or not under the blue body paint and language throughout.)

Running Time:
131min. (2h. 11m.)

IMDb Synopsis:
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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe.


IMDb Info and Rating:
8.1 (56,304 votes as of 7/04/11)

Rotten Tomatoes:
Fresh:194 Rotten:30 (87% as of 7/04/11)

Metacritic:
65 metascore ('Generally favorable reviews' as of 7/04/11)

Trailer:
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Really enjoyed it, easily my favorite of the X-Men franchise. More exciting than Singer's versions and light years smarter than Ratner's. Knows how to use adventure and when to bring out its sense of humor.

Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence is smoking as Mystique.
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

Oi, that fake poster is terrible. These two are far superior:

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The girlfriend saw this and said it was good.
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Jesus, put those horrible fake posters in spoiler tags.
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by droidguy1119 View Post
Oi, that fake poster is terrible. These two are far superior:
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'eh. Not really. All three suck equally.
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'eh. Not really. All three suck equally.
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

I watched X-Men last night, will watch X2 tonight, and X3 tomorrow, then see this on Friday. I'm excited!
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I watched X-Men last night, will watch X2 tonight, and X3 tomorrow, then see this on Friday. I'm excited!
Do yourself a favor and just watch X2 three nights in a row.
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The first film is great- and without it providing the thankless exposition and insight into character motivations and relationships, X2 would not be anywhere near the film most people consider it to be.
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Do yourself a favor and just watch X2 three nights in a row.
And stop when they get to the dam. X2 loses all sense of momentum at that point.
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Originally Posted by The Bus View Post
The girlfriend saw this and said it was good.
It's reviews like this that really get me pumped for a movie.
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(Recommended) from Brian Orndorf.

(Rent It) from Jamie S. Rich.
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Anyone else shocked at Fox allowing a film to not only be more than 2 hours long, but a full 130 minutes?

I seriously cant remember tha last summer blockbuster from Fox this long since X2.
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from Roger Ebert.
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

Could Ebert's review talk about the actual movie any less?
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Could Ebert's review talk about the actual movie any less?
Ebert becomes less and less likeable as a person with every one of his reviews.

Some of them are just too disgustingly cynical
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

When Fanboys Attack..!
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Nope, just talking about actors and actresses' previous works and barely talking about the movie being reviewed seems to defeat the point of reviewing a movie.


Not to mention his opinions have gradually been going down the shitter, but that's another topic.
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Its not even about his opinions, but his attitude.
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And stop when they get to the dam. X2 loses all sense of momentum at that point.
never thought about it...but yeah..you're right. I could've been much tighter there at the end. I am a fan of the Wolverine vs. Deathstrike fight cinematography..also bits and pieces in other parts at the Dam but overall..it gets kind of cheesey and rolling eyesy.
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Its not even about his opinions, but his attitude.
Maybe Eburt's gotta realize that maybe this movie and movies like this (Thor) which he hated apparently from reading his x-men review. Just aren't meant for him. I know EVERYONE's got bias. But personally I say if a person who reviews a movie that you think generally isn't the target audience, then seek reviewers you tend to have simular tastes with and see what they have to say about it.
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Re: X-Men: First Class (Vaughn, 2011) — The Reviews Thread

From the first trailer, I would have said the 'target audience' for this would have been just about anyone who dug seeing strong conflicts between intelligent characters, essayed by what appear to be charismatic leads, amidst a unique backdrop.


87% at RT is very good, but not quite as bombastic as it looked like it may have been earlier.
Still was able to maintain an edge with the general critics, unlike Thor was able to. But I'm surprised to see as many 'meh' reviews coming out as there are amongst more general reviewers. I thought the Variety and Hollywood Reporter ones were pointing to a unanimous verdict.
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Originally Posted by Teremei View Post
Maybe Eburt's gotta realize that maybe this movie and movies like this (Thor) which he hated apparently from reading his x-men review. Just aren't meant for him. I know EVERYONE's got bias. But personally I say if a person who reviews a movie that you think generally isn't the target audience, then seek reviewers you tend to have simular tastes with and see what they have to say about it.
Even though he loved Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, etc.?

Why are people so insecure with their own opinions that they lose their shit when someone offers up a differing one?
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His tone is pretty neutral on this one from what I can tell. He thought it was reasonably well put together but nothing exceptional with some occasional cheese. Considering he's seen pretty much every super hero movie there is to see as part of his job, it's got to be tiresome (I haven't seen them all and I'm getting sick of the genre). He does bemoan that quality actors are only seen as "viable stars" in Hollywood after doing a movie like this, but it doesn't seem to effect the rest of the review.

As a movie it sounds better than Last Stand and Wolverine, but not up to par with X2 which was also not overly exceptional but easily the best in this series.

Roger Ebert Scores for Comic book flicks:
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The Spirit: 1 out of 4
Kick-ass: 1 out of 4 (largely due to the violence against hit-girl)
Thor: 1 1/2 out of 4
Elektra: 1 1/2 out of 4
300: 2 out of 4
Batman: 2 out of 4
Batman Returns: 2 out of 4
Spider-man 3: 2 out of 4
Superman Returns: 2 out of 4
X-men Wolverine: 2 out of 4
X-men: 2 1/2 out of 4
X-men: First Class: 2 1/2 out of 4
Spider-man: 2 1/2 out of 4
The Incredible Hulk: 2 1/2 out of 4
X2: 3 out of 4
X-men The Last Stand: 3 out of 4
Blade: 3 out of 4
Daredevil: 3 out of 4
Hulk: 3 out of 4
Hellboy: 3 1/2 out of 4
Hellboy 2: 3 1/2 out of 4
Spider-man 2: 4 out of 4
Batman Begins: 4 out of 4
The Dark Knight: 4 out of 4
Iron Man: 4 out of 4
Sin City: 4 out of 4
Watchmen: 4 out of 4
Superman: 4 out of 4
Superman II: 4 out of 4


I agree with most of those though I didn't care for the Hellboy movies so much, especially #2.

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