Early word on Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class is pretty ecstatic, with some well respected web journalists praising the prequel.

Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.com was one of the first journalists to voice his opinion on the film saying, "I am happier overall with "X-Men: First Class" than with any other film released so far in the "X-Men" franchise… This is ground zero, and I think Fox just got it right, really right, in a way I can't say it feels like they have on any of their Marvel films so far." He also praised Irish actor Michael Fassbender saying he will be a true movie star in the aftermath of the film. Another critic Greg Ellwood from the same publication spewed that it was "Even better than Spider-Man 2, Iron Man or any Marvel movie so far in my opinion. Ambitious, smart and when it's good, it's very good. Not Nolan level though." Vaughn has now made 4 films as a director; Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick Ass and now X-Men: First Class - it's the best run of form I've seen from a director since David Fincher.

The film press screens in Dublin this Friday, so I'll have a review that day. It opens around the country on June 1st.