This is not a review. If you'd like to know whether I recommend X-Men: First Class
I can say simply: It was good. You should go see it. Matthew Vaughn
manages to put together the cerebral, subtextual X-Men
film that we've been missing since 2003. First Class
moves through it's paces swiftly, deftly, and though by the end of the film I wanted to take its musical composer aside and explain that not every
use of mutant powers in the movie needs to have all the string and brass instruments in the orchestra thrown at it, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
But precisely because First Class
was good, and because
it played the allegorical stand in for prejudice-targeted-minorities the X-Men were meant to be like a fine aria, it is also important to point out the places where it fell short of the mark with actual, real, prejudice-targeted groups. (The rest of this post contains spoilers.