I still find the young up-and-coming mutants in the movie extremely cheesy, but apart from that, the filmmaker did pretty much everything right when they restarted the series. The main actors were well chosen. The basic mood is somewhere on a serious drama level with a good portion of humor.
Basically, the film lives through James McAvoy and above all Michael Fassbender. Especially Fassbender gives Erik Lensherr exactly the depth that this character deserves. He is bitterly angry and cunning at the same time. Exactly that closes the circle to Sir Ian McKellen’s performance in the original X-Men movie from 2000.
My favourite scene: Erik Lensherr’s performance at the Villa Gesell, Argentina.
My ★★★★ review of X-Men: First Class (2011) on @letterboxd: boxd.it/11rt9x 🍿