I can't believe I haven't seen this yet! I've heard nothing but good things about it.
As for Michael Fassbender, this will probably be his breakout role, which is great. He deserves as much recognition as he can get. He's quickly become one of my favorite actors in the last couple of years. I also have a bit of a lady boner for him.
"Hockey won't hold still to give you a better look. You wouldn't want it to anyway. It's the action that makes the possibilities endless."
Saw it last night.... (after watching Midnight In Paris for the 2nd time)....
I would have preferred a movie where Erik, Charles, Raven and Moira just hunt down Sebastian Shaw as a foursome. More screen time for the only characters that were worth watching in that flick.
Make it more of a James Bond/detective flick instead of a pointless noise and action movie that always had me wanting more Fassbender and MacAvoy.
Magneto : Nazi Hunter is a movie I would totally see multiple times.
If I never watch X-Men : First Class again I won't be that upset about it.
<em>X-Men</em> Approval :: Hollywood Elsewhere
X-Men: First Class is the best superhero origin flick ever, arguably the best X-Men flick of all. Tight, lucid, gripping every step of the way. Director Matthew Vaughan exonerated for past sins. Magneto may be Michael Fassbender's best performance ever (or perhaps 2nd to his Hunger perf...I haven't thought it through). I liked 1st half more than 2nd half, but I was never bored or irritated. It really works -- every element fits together like the parts in a good Swiss watch.
REVIEW: McAvoy and Fassbender Are First-Rate in X-Men: First Class | Movieline
Because if nothing else, X-Men: First Class is anchored by two superb actors, McAvoy and Fassbender, who embrace this sometimes ludicrous material without acting as if they’re slumming (or just collecting a paycheck). Fassbender, born in Germany and raised in Ireland, is something of a magnificent mutant himself — his Erik Lehnsherr is urbane, unflinching, unapologetically sexy in a menacing way. (He also manages to look surprisingly not-ridiculous in that absurd Magneto helmet.) And McAvoy brings thespian gravity even to that old-timey chestnut of a line, “I can’t feel my legs.” When he suffers, his eyes stare into space, but they’re hardly blank. He and Fassbender circle each other warily, like elegant but very different animals, one feral, one cautious and intuitive. Instead of stooping down to the material, they do the work of elevating it, and they’re a pleasure to watch even as X-Men: First Class derails around them. Sometime partners who end up rivals, they’re the movie’s most spectacular special effect.