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X-Men: First Class

The 2011 prequel to the "X-Men" film franchise directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Very good!

  • Jun 3, 2011
Rating:
+3
Well, here we are, number two of the four big super hero films of the summer. And it is... pretty damn decent.

X-Men: First Class centers around a younger Charles Xavier and his new friend, Erik Lehnsherr and their efforts to stop Sebastian Shaw. Shaw has a plan to start a nuclear war so that the radiation will cause more mutations in people. Apparently that's how mutants got their start, which is somewhat confusing since the opening scene (lifted directly from the first X-Men film, a movie which came out, good grief, 11 years ago), shows Erik in 1943, a couple years before nuclear bombs were going off. But never mind. Along the way to stopping Shaw, X picks up several recruits including scientist Hank McCoy, a woman with dragonfly wings, a boy who can scream even louder than the children in my apartment complex (and who looks like an escapee from a Weasly family reunion), and a black guy. Guess what happens to him? Efforts to recruit a cigar smoking Canadian are not as successful.

There is an awful lot that I liked about this movie. First James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender do an excellent job playing younger versions of characters made popular by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. Nicholas Hoult also continues to impress, showing that his performance in Skins isn't an aberration. The other members of the cast are also quite good, including Kevin Bacon and January Jones, though I kept seeing her as a naughty Betty Draper more than anything else. The cast is further helped by the fact that Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Luc Till are all exceptionally easy on the eyes. There was also some lovely continuity between this movie and the others, though I'm sure some people will bitch about certain errors that crept in.

Really the only problems this movie had were that it was a bit longer than it needed to be, and a bit more crowded. We didn't really need all that many mutants up on the screen. Havoc, especially, was adorable but could have been written out without damaging the movie in any way. There were also a couple of very odd edits where it's clear certain scenes were meant to go longer than they did, and instead were just awkwardly chopped. It's also very clear that this is a setup for a new franchise, and while I don't have a huge problem with that, it does cause its own set of problems.

That said, it was fun summer escapism. I liked it a bit more than Thor, but it's really apples and oranges with those two. Also, don't bother staying to the end of the credits hoping for a nice Easter egg, cause you won't get one. But stay until the end anyhow, cause the people who make these movies work hard!

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X-Men: First Class
is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn. Based on the characters appearing in Marvel Comics, it is a prequel to the X-Men film series. X-Men: First Class was released June 1, 2011 in the UK and on June 3 in the US.

The film is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and focuses on the relationship between Professor X and Magneto and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The film stars James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Other cast members include Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoë Kravitz, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till. The film was mostly shot in England and parts of the United States.

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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: June 3, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Bryan Singer, Zack Stentz
Runtime: 132 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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