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Director: Matthew Vaughn

RatingPG-13

Running Time: 132 minutes

Release Date: 6/3/2011

GenreSuperhero, Comic Book, Action Adventure

CastCharles Xavier(James McAvoy), Charles Xavier at 12 Years(Laurence Belcher), Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto(Michael Fassbender), Young Erik(Bill Milner), Sebastian Shaw(Kevin Bacon), Moira MacTaggert(Rose Byrne), Raven / Mystique(Jennifer Lawrence), Hank McCoy / Beast(Nicholas Hoult), Young Raven at 10 Years(Morgan Lily), Man in Black Suit(Oliver Platt), Janos Quested / Riptide(Álex González), Azazel(Jason Flemyng), Angel Salvadore(Zoe Isabella Kravitz), Emma Frost(January Jones)

Synopsis: The prequel to the blockbuster X-Men films begins by delving into the early lives of Professor X and Magneto. The young Charles Xavier (Laurence Belcher) lives in luxury and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto(Bill Milner) barely survives in a German concentration camp. Flash forward to the 1960s, and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is figuring out what makes mutants tick and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is seeking revenge against those that wronged him in Germany, including Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club. Professor X and Magneto bring together the first incarnation of X-Men including Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Their first challenge is to fight Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frosts (January Jones) and their team of evil mutants who are tying to cause a full-blown nuclear holocaust by creating the Cuban Missile Crisis.

AnalysisI enjoyed X-Men: First Class more than the earlier X-Men films, because they didn’t match the spirit of the comics but this one does. I think that the strength of this film comes from the fact that it isn’t like the other films, but goes its own way, yet still recreates the feeling from the early X-Men comics. I have been a X-Man fan since I was a young and waited years for someone to make a movie like this. The choice of the Hellfire Club being the main antagonist was also great because they were part of my initial interest in the X-Men title.

Pro:

  • Magneto’s origin is more disturbing than in the first movie.
  • Hugh Jackman’s cameo.
  • Awesome use of a submarine as mobile base.
  • Havok is one of my favorite X-Men, and way better than his brother Cyclops.
  • Great montage of perfecting the powers of the X-Men.

Con:

  • Would have made sense for the young Magneto to attempt to kill Shaw.
  • Even though it occurs in future, should have mentioned that Azazel is Nightcrawler’s father or else he just looks like a rip off.

Conclusion: This is a fun movie and even though not a 100% faithful depiction of the X-Men, it is still very entertaining! Also, the song played during the recruiting scene is still in my head, so be prepared!

Score: 3.75/5

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