X-Men: First Class (2011)

Directed By – Matthew Vaughn

Screenplay By – Ashely Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn

Cinematography By – John Mathieson

Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence & Kevin Bacon

132 min.

There’s no doubt about it, First Class is a first class film. There’s just so much going for this movie that it easily gave a much needed jump-start to a superhero franchise that was fading from public appeal. Let’s begin with the story.

The story is completely enthralling. In the past movies Professor X and Magneto are the leaders in terms of their respective groups, but there’s always a mystery as to who they are and how they relate to each other. We know that they are “old friends” but there’s always a lingering blockade between the audience and them. First Class reveals the men behind the curtain with these two as for the first time the two of them and their friendship are at the forefront of the storyline.

However while we learn who they are and how they met, we also find out how the X-men started. And, not only do we get the origin of the X-men we get a very cool villain in Sebastian Shaw who is trying to start an historical WWIII between the humans which ends in the notorious Cuban Missile Crisis. It all comes together to give the audience insight into esteemed characters, a very cool origin story, and a fascinating revision behind an historical event.

Now the story for First Class instantly attractive but the caliber of actors and acting in this movie is phonemail and definitely adds to the appeal of First Class. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (MICHAEL FASSBENDER HOT-DAMN!) make for perfect perfect perfect younger versions of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). Both these actors work perfectly off one another and almost have the identical rapport that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have which mightily adds to the authenticity that these two really are the young Prof. X and Magneto. Besides the two the cast is littered with talented actors including Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Bacon, not to mention even someone like Oliver Platt shows up to add weight to his small part or Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, and January Jones all doing their parts.

This is a terrific origin story and a much needed movie that adds humanity to a superhero genre overrun by emotionless blockbusters.

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