Genre Guesstimation – X-Men: First Class (2011)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“I’ve been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again.” – Erik

Number of Times Seen – 3 (11 Jul 2011, 2012 and 21 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Charles Xavier decides Erik Lenscheer work together to create a team of mutants to help safeguard the world in the early 1960’s, but personal vendettas and issues might cause rifts between them.

My Take on it – This is such a great addition to the franchise because it allows us to get a fresh look at the storyline of the mutants in parallel to our history.

This film is essentially a reboot of the series, yet the choice to focus on some of the same characters when they were younger helps keep a strong connection with the previous films in the franchise and makes this film feel and look like an origins storyline for many of the characters we already know and love.

The way that they develop the characters in this film is done really well and allows us to care much more about what will happen to them as the story moves along.

We get a clear idea about the various powers of each of the characters and learn  along with them how they can be even more effective and powerful when working together as a team instead of as individuals.

The story does a superb job of integrating real world issues into the storyline in order to help make us empathize with everything going on much more easily while also making it feel even more realistic throughout.

The characters seem much dearer to our hearts in their younger versions since we get to see them go through the story fighting their own demons who will help shape who they will eventually become.

The film utilizes special effects to create some great action sequences and this also allows us to see how creative the film makers are when dealing with situations that can be quite challenging for novice superheroes as they learn their craft while also creating a school and shelter for mutants.

Bottom Line – Another amazing addition to the franchise that is in essence a reboot, yet is also done as an origins story. The characters are developed really well and we get a clear idea of each of their powers and how they must work together as a team in order to develop their own powers but also to compliment one another when fighting against their enemies.  Love the way that the story is able to integrate real world events into their timeline because it makes it feel even more realistic. In addition, they do a wonderful job making these characters dearer to our hearts since we get to see them when they are younger and are still fighting their own demons along the way. The battle scenes are great and show how creative the film makers are while showing how these characters came to create a school for mutants.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In addition to his comic book persona, the character of Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) takes on qualities of Nazi scientist Josef Mengele. Mengele is noted for his eugenic experimentation and torture, often with children, to whom he would offer candy to gain their trust. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely! This film show how an ensemble group can be so effective in creating team work among various characters and is a great example of why ensemble films for superheroes can work so well if done properly.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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