This was a movie that worked on a lot of levels. There was great emotion as the mutants learn to use their powers and discover they're not alone. There was humor as Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr travel the country assembling their team of mutants with an especially funny cameo by a particularly popular mutant. Add in some really eye-catching special effects and it all adds up to one crowd pleasing movie.
The acting was well done all around, with a particular shout-out to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who dug deep to bring out some intense feelings. They started out as great friends and it's very sad to know how they end up.
There was very little to find fault with in this film. The villain was a bit lacking, but it was fun seeing Kevin Bacon enjoy his badness so much. January Jones continues to show me that she's all looks with a definite stiffness to her acting and considering the popularity of her character I wish someone more expressive had the role. And unlike other Marvel films, this one had no secret scene after the closing credits which was the most disappointing part of the film.
The other actors did well expressing their fear and joy in discovering their mutant abilities. Jennifer Lawrence, soon to be seen as The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen, did an especially intriguing turn as Raven Darkholme/Mystique trying to accept her mutant looks and I'd definitely like to see an even more in-depth story about her character.
With all the outside forces, this is still a movie about Charles Xavier/Professor X and Erik Lensherr/Magneto and the two actors brought their A-game to this movie. Not to mention they're both hotties, which draws you to them every time they're on screen. Just take a look below at our two hotties front and center and then plan an outing to see this film.
I give this movie a B+