X-Men: First Class (2011)

Posted: June 27, 2011 in Hollywood
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X-Men: First Class



Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN. – IMDb


Matthew Vaughn


Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz(screenplay), Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Sheldon Turner (story) and Bryan Singer (story)


James McAvoyMichael Fassbender , Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence


 Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


The first two X-Men movies set a new standard for comic adaptation. After that there was a noticeable drop in quality. The most recent movie – X-Men Origins Wolverine – was only saved by Hugh Jackman’s performance. Everything else was forgettable.

Luckily, X-Men First Class takes the series back to its original glory. As a prequel the movie is set during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Charles Xavier is about to become professor and Eric Lehnsherr is hunting down the Nazis who killed his family and especially his personal nemesis Sebastian Shaw.

Still of X-Men: First Class


The film delves into Fassbender’s (Inglorious Bastards) medal-bending maniac’s soul-driven desire for revenge against the Nazi regime that stole away his family and into McAvoy’s (Atonement) telepathic visions of a mutant and human co-existence. As Lehnsherr misinterprets fascist hatred as the foundation of all human nature, his innocence is lost which develops the passion of Magneto’s inner Frankenstein monster. The hatred brewed turns him into the very same prejudiced man that he preys upon, impervious to McAvoy’s philanthropic attempts at getting in his head. The direction by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) pays homage to Bryan Singer’s take on the first two films which adds a depth to the X-Men that had not shown up in the past two installments (The Last Stand and Wolverine). Its storyline is as intriguing as a superhero plot gets.


First Class is full of spectacular visual effects, intense, crafty acting. Watching the film unravel, you realize that Matthew Vaughn the director understands that action itself is not enough, that to create characters you really care for stands as the proper motivation for gluing you to the screen. We see the development of the relationship and friendship that brings Charles and Eric together and how they worked with the same goal but from two completely different motivations.


In addition to an excellent script and memorable dialogues, Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, was absolutely captivating. It was a lot of fun to see the fun-loving party-guy before he became a respected professor. Fassbender, what a stunning actor! He completely stole the scene. His feelings for revenge and friendship, all mixed up with his fears and traumas, developed a remarkable performance to the audience. Magneto is that unique type of villain that people LOVE to hate. And Fassbender seemed to know exactly what that means. It was kind of sad to see his friendship with Charles Xavier ruined by his hate and desire for revenge. But the final scene of them, was epic!


The only weak side of the acting pool comes from Mrs. Betty Draper herself, January Jones (Mad Men) who plays a very comic book feeling villain known as Emma Frost. Frost could have been a dynamic, cinematic creation if only Jones didn’t look like she was just there to look hot and read her lines. And also, some of the minor characters have very thin personalities. Also, the young Beast looks more cuddly than scary.


Overall, best superhero movie after Christopher Nolan’s  The Dark Knight. Great acting especially by McAvoy, Fassbender and Bacon. X-Men reinvents itself without abandoning its root. I rate it 8 out of 10.

Watch the trailer…


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