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Friday, June 10, 2011
Origin Stories: How Do You Do It?
So I saw this movie yesterday. It is called X-MEN First Class.

Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe.

Anyway, the cast was amazing. Particularly these two gentlemen:

James McAvoy (Professor X) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto)

What I really enjoyed about their performances was that, in the back of my mind, I kept remembering Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, the actors who play these characters "in the future". And all the while, I kept telling myself, "I can totally see these two growing up to become those other two."

In other words, their backstories were great, but the way they interpreted how those backstories make them the men they will become was flawless.

So I got to thinking: how do you do it? Does a character's backstory come first, or is the character's future much clearer to you during the brainstorming process?

Also, go see X-MEN First Class. Even if you hate superhero movies. It's just that good. Smile

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Posted in Reviews by Jenna - June 10, 2011
X-Men: First Class

Although my zilch knowledge about the world of X-Men prior to attending this film forced me to annoy my fellow moviegoers with whispered questions throughout, I ultimately found myself amidst a fit of engaged, while mindless, enjoyment. Prepare yourself for a true outsider review, free from nerd-terms and Marvel specifics, of what is sure to be one of America’s summer blockbuster favorites.

To my understanding, this X-Men installment travels back in time to explore the origins of the X-Men world most fans know today. It begins with a very young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in Nazi Germany, discovering his ability to manipulate magnetic objects, after which he is taken and trained, his powers exploited, by everyone’s favorite villain….Kevin Bacon (playing Sebastian Shaw, a powerful and evil mutant with the ability to absorb and redirect energy).

Meanwhile, a more compassionate young mutant named Charles Xavier (the adult version played by James McAvoy) discovers a scared little girl, naturally blue in color but who can morph into any figure (later the mutant Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence), and takes her under his comforting wing. These two childhood events set the tone for the film as the men engage on a journey to become two of the X-Men world’s biggest leaders and rivals – Professor X and Magneto.

But Charles and Erik, still a bit naive and working together in this film, set out to find other young mutants in attempt to build a strong and positive movement for mutants in the world, sparked by the negative attitude Sebastian Shaw and his sexy assistant Emma Frost (January Jones) display as they attempt to secure mutant world domination. Among the collected youngsters are future mutants Beast (Nicholas Hoult, or Tony from British television’s Skins!), Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), and Havok (Lucas Till).

Much action and adventure follows as the youngsters and leaders search for reason and self-discovery in a less-than-accepting world. Aside from a few admirable morals, one being encouragement from others to avoid hiding who you are no matter how you may appear, the film is a no-brainer entertainer – full of fight scenes, special effects, and good old-fashioned super powers.

An all star cast, all of which would take another paragraph to list, helps this movie along and strengthens the characters and plot. But most importantly, watching Jennifer Lawrence helped pump me up for her role at Katniss in the upcoming, highly anticipated Hunger Games movie series! With simple beauty and a strong yet humble personality, on and off-screen, she is destined to succeed as an outstanding female role model for the future of Hollywood.

Cheesy at times, and not necessarily my type of flick, X-Men: First Class earns three stars. Considering I only saw it to spend time with my constantly-gone boyfriend on a Sunday night off, it proved to be certainly more than just tolerable.
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X-Men prequel first in class

By JESSICA ALDANA

Entertainment editor

Published: Friday, June 10, 2011

Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011 11:06

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Michael Fassbender stars as Magneto in the new summer blockbuster "X-Men: First Class."

The origins of one of the greatest superhero teams known to man are revealed in director Matthew Vaughn's summer hit "X-Men: First Class."

The prequel to director Bryan Singer's famed superhero trilogy takes place in 1962, a time when mutants were still in hiding and the world was unaware of their existence and threat to mankind.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender portray Dr. Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, two mutants who band together to defeat the malevolent mutant Sebastian Shaw.

Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon, plans to start World War III in an effort to bring mutants to power.

Xavier and Lensherr, along with a team of young mutants, must learn to control their powers in order to prevent the execution of Shaw's nefarious plan. Their friendship comes to an abrupt end when their irreconcilable differences of ideas concerning mutants in power turns Xavier and Lensherr into archenemies.

Admirers of the X-Men saga will not be disappointed by the long-awaited prequel. The film is very fast-paced yet easy to follow. Vaughn brings plenty of action to the screen with intense fighting and a clear picture of how Xavier and Lensherr turn from best friends to mortal enemies.

As the film's two protagonists, McAvoy and Fassbender bring their characters to life. Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays the shape-shifting mutant Mystique, humanize their characters, showing a different side to the Magneto and Mystique seen in the previous X-Men films.

Audience members will struggle with loving and rooting for two characters that they have seen as villains for many years.

The supporting cast of mutants, although well portrayed by the movie's actors, could have been more three-dimensional in its conveyance of emotion and believability. Xavier, Magneto and Mystique are the only characters in the film with whom the audience can emotionally connect.

The film does not remain faithful to the Marvel Universe canon, which may annoy devoted followers of the comic books, but the movie will not disappoint those who watch just for fun.

While most films use music to transition between scenes, the soundtrack for "X-Men: First Class" is very subtle and flows well without overpowering scenes.

Vaughn has an eye for using landscaping images to move the audience from one location and day to another.

An entertaining summer blockbuster, "X-Men: First Class" does not do justice to the film franchise. The film lacked humor, and although the prejudicial themes for which the comic is known are present, there was no tangible emotion or conflict between humans and mutants.

Furthermore, the motif of racial prejudice in the film was nonexistent, which is a shocking inaccuracy, considering that the film is set in 1962, part of an era during which minority groups in the United States battled for equal rights.

Despite the factual changes and lack of emotion, "X-Men: First Class" is an enjoyable addition to the series and creates a need to watch the other X-Men films; those who expect to be entertained will not be disappointed.

Stimulating and fast-paced, the action-adventure film is a summer prequel that will tie up loose ends for those who watched the other X-Men movies while serving as an understandable introduction for those new to the superhero saga.
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Friday, 10 June 2011
X-Men: First Class (2011)

Film review: X-Men: First Class (2011), directed by Matthew Vaughn

Not being a comic book geek by any means, the world of X-Men and the likes have passed me by rather well. And then I married one. We went to see X-Men 3: The Last Stand at the cinema, but I still haven’t seen the first two. We also saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a bunch of other based-on-a-comic films that haven’t been reviewed because I didn’t blog at the time (except for Iron Man 2, which I just never got around to write about), and now the X-Men prequel.

Knowing absolutely nothing about the origins of any of the characters (okay, aside from Wolverine), I had no idea Magneto, or Erik Lehnsherr as his real name is (Michael Fassbender), started out as a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. Now there’s an opening that will stay with you for quite some time. He is being taken from his mother upon arrival and manages to bend the iron gates with his mind. He’s taken to a creepy doctor (Kevin Bacon) who wants him to move a coin.

Meanwhile in a big castle/mansion type place somewhere in the US (?), young and privileged Brit Charles Xavier comes across a strange, blue girl trying to raid his fridge: a young Raven (Mystique as she’ll later be known), whom he tells she never has to steal food ever again. Finally, he’s found someone like him, another person with special gifts.

Roll on a number of years; we’re now in the early 1960s. Erik is a grown man, whose skills have been honed by years of training with the doctor, but he’s now looking for revenge. Charles (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) are at university in Oxford, passing themselves off as brother and sister. Charles has presented a thesis on genetic mutation and the CIA are in need of an expert – agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) saw some very peculiar things when she tried infiltrating a casino, and no one is willing to believe her … no one except Charles Xavier, that is.

"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes,
don't look around the eyes, look into my eyes ..."

Having proved to the suits at CIA that there is such a thing as genetic mutation, the two mutants and their new-found friend Moira come across Erik, then go to a research facility and eventually end up tracking down a bunch of other mutants to join their special team. In the real world, the the Cold War is raging. Could this have something to do with some bad-guy mutants, or is it totally unconnected? Well, gee, take a wild stab at a guess.

I’m not going to go into the details of everything, because that would spoil the movie too much. I like how they’ve taken actual historical events and fitted them into the mutant universe. There is also talk about being who you really are and not be worried about what others think about your appearance, and about how these mutations are perfectly normal and the next step in evolution. Interesting, gives you plenty of things to think about.

It won’t be a spoiler to say that Erik turns to the Dark Side, because if you’ve seen any of the X-Men movies, you already know that Magneto is the big baddie and Professor X (Charles Xavier, that is) is his goodie counterpart. You’ll also be aware of the mutant training academy thingy, which is founded in this movie.

Can has helmet and superpowers!

A couple of actors not mentioned above are Oliver Platt, who plays “Man in Black Suit”, a CIA guy, and Nicholas Hoult, who plays Hank McCoy, better known as Beast. I quite like Oliver Platt, for some reason, even though he’s played a fair share of bastards. Still, I suppose he was quite dashing in The Three Musketeers, and it’s sort of stuck with me. I thought I recognised Hank, and I wasn’t surprised when he turned out to be Beast (the big, hairy, blue smartypants). Not until I came home and looked him up, I realised that I had heard him being interviewed on the radio a few days before, where it was mentioned he was in Skins (not the latest series, which is the only one I’ve seen) and About A Boy (which is a very good film that I have seen). Nice to see him all grown up!

Still, when it comes to grown-ups, Michael Fassbender wins. A man, not a boy. I don’t know what the age difference between him and James McAvoy is, but McAvoy definitely looks more boyish. Can’t wait for Jane Eyre to be released so I can see Fassbender as Rochester, because it seems it could be quite hot! What I found less hot, though, was Rose Byrne in her underwear. She’s a stunningly gorgeous woman (I loved her in My Mother Frank and that Australian teen TV show that’s not listed on her IMDb profile for some reason), but in her underwear, all I could think of was “OMG, someone needs to feed that poor, starving woman!” because her ribs were sticking out. “Size zero” is not an ideal, it’s sick.

The Broody Bunch

People have said this movie is a bit like a classical James Bond, you know, the old ones. It’s set in the 1960s and everything, which I found myself forgetting quite often. Not sure why. Maybe because it felt more modern retro than genuinely 1960s? The biggest “are you from the past?” moments were they were watching TV. The funniest thing was when they were watching TV in the submarine – because you can read the title of the books on the right hand side of it, and it’s a set of Nordisk Familjebok (Nordic Family Book, an old encyclopaedia … from Sweden). Why on earth would this be on that particular submarine?! Beats me, but I found it hilarious, nonetheless.

Trying to reach some sort of conclusion of this review, it’s a good film. It hasn’t blown me away, and in parts I thought it was a bit slow, but it was very enjoyable. Perhaps more so if you like this genre of movie, but I think it works even if you haven’t seen X-Men before. It was made even more enjoyable because the last of the previews before it started was for Captain America, and seeing AND hearing Richard Armitage on a big cinema screen made me temporarily forget the headache I had carried around all day.

A couple of baddies that I haven't mentioned because ... well, meh.

In fact, when we were walking back to the car, the Squeeze said, “So the reason you want to see Captain America is because Guy of Gisborne’s in it?” My response was simply, “Duuuh?!” Can’t believe it’s taken him this long to figure that one out. Not as if I’m a comic book nerd who can’t wait to see a drawing come to life. With comic book movies, I’m afraid I’m terribly shallow. Captain America has Richard Armitage, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has Hugh Jackman, Iron Man has Robert Downey Jr., and X-Men: First Class has Michael Fassbender. That’s good enough for me. Pointed out, in a faint hope that it would make him more enthusiastic when I drag him to see Jane Eyre in September, that Magneto is playing Mr. Rochester. I think I’m more chirpy about that fact than he is. Such is life.

4 out of 5 nuclear wars.
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"X- Men: First Class" (2011) Review

Jun 10, 2011
Nicki Newton-Plater

Review of "X- Men: First Class" (2011) directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. One for the fans.

Even if you are not a fan of the superheroes of comic books being bought to life in cinema spectaculars, there is something about X- Men which makes it unlike all the other cornballs of superhero movies which are out there. X- Men has such an attraction towards people from all walks of life. What most people like about the series of films is that it embraces individuality and the business of being a misfit. While we sit here and wonder why we have been burdened with such little malfunctions, here are a group of people who have major malfunctions and are using them as trophies.

X- Men: First Class is the latest instalment in the X- Men series of films and one which fans will love. It answers every question you have ever asked about the characters we know and love and has some great cinema moments along the way. However, if you are not a fan of X- Men, there will most probably be more questions asked and left unanswered rather than questions answered.
Synopsis

The relationship between Professor X and Magneto has always been an odd one. They are arch enemies, yet they love nothing better than playing chess with one another. X- Men: First Class takes us back to the beginning of their relationship when Professor X was recent university graduate, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto was Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the troubled soul continuously seeking revenge on those who killed his parents. Xavier and Lehnsherr join forces with a group of fellow mutants against their common enemy, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and they change the way in which mutants live forever.

The Script

This film is the perfect history resource for X- Men fanatics and for those who have seen any of the first four films. Many questions are answered and there are some very clever moments. There are little things throughout the film which will cause a light bulb to light up in recognition and enlightenment for many people. It is great to see a prequel where there are so many loose ends tied up and no holes left in the story. It is also so fitting a prequel in that there is nothing in the film which isn’t in sync with the rest of the series.
The Cinematography

X- Men: First Class is, unlike many other films in the same genre, more focused on the story rather than the action. Those who are looking forward to seeing a cinema spectacle and action spectacular will be greatly disappointed, as although the action sequences are very impressive, there are not many of them. There are snippets of action throughout the film, but the best is saved for towards the end of the film. The major action sequence is worth the wait so there isn’t anything for action fans to complain about really. The special effects used to create the mutations which are on display are very well done and even quite beautiful in their own way.
The Cast

The great thing about the acting in this action film is that there is nothing cheesy about it. There are really some great performances. Perhaps the major stand out is Michael Fassbender as Erik/ Magneto. The intensity and hostility of his character are really quite frightening at times and he does give a perfect performance of a misunderstood man who has gone through some horrendous ordeals and makes it his life goal to avenge his parents. James McAvoy is very good as Charles Xavier. His character development is extremely well done. He develops from a cocky young man into a wise and courageous leader and mentor to other mutants.
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Jennifer Lawrence shines with her character development of her Raven, who turns into Mystique. She is faced with very real problems of acceptance of the person she is, and the Academy Award nominee is completely believable and also very likable. Kevin Bacon is fine for the most part of the movie, yet he is absolutely brilliant in his first scene.
Conclusion

X- Men: First Class is one definitely for the fans. As a standalone film it is not bad, but it will not be what non-fans will be expecting and will just be downright confusing. Director Matthew Vaughn has done a fine job of continuing on the series of films and making a captivating and perfectly fitting prequel. Fans of the previous films will stand up in cheer and those who have shown no interest in the previous films will stay sitting in confusion.
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X-Men: First Class

It makes my heart grin that this film is getting some seriously good reviews. I was a huge fan of the franchise growing up: comics, cards, video games, you name it. Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) helms this iteration, which finds itself in the swinging 1960s, amid JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy portray Magneto and Professor Xavier, and take off where Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart last left us (although they play their younger selves). They are joined by Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Havok (Lucas Till), Darwin (Edi Gathegi), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence. Bam!), who must mind f&#! and magnetize the likes of Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Emma Frost (January Jones. Bam!) and Azazel (Jason Flemying). They all have kick-ass mutant powers that I want. Sigh.
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Review: X-Men: First Class
Posted by Third on Jun 10, 2011
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You’re working with a franchise that has four movies already released, and is based upon a comic book franchise that has run for decades and has released literally thousands of issues and created dozens of spin-offs. Given all that history, all that expectation, all those different fans wanting something specific and unique from the movie you are intending to produce: what do you do? You create a basic storyline rooted in universal human emotions and include unique details to please each of the different audiences, and in my opinion, that is what director Matthew Vaughan and the cast of X-Men: First Class accomplished.



He could have had a stare-down with a statue in this movie, and the statue would have turned away in fear and shame.

The central conflicts of this movie are very basic: revenge, greed, warring nations, the struggle to be accepted, and the desire for a better world. All of this is very accessible, which means the story can take less time setting up the conflicts and more time building characters. While I was somewhat sad that they recycled the utterly brilliant scene from Bryan Singer’s X-Men, in which a young Eric Lehnsherr rips apart a concentration camp gate, it’s still a great and compelling scene. The Nazi element remains present in the movie, giving both an authentic post-war vibe to the movie, and credibility and power to Erik Lehnsherr’s drive for revenge. The transition from a personal desire for revenge to a global mission to overthrow and eliminate humanity as presented in this film is quite believable. Honestly, every moment with Magneto has all the raw power and emotion that comes from a deep-seated need for revenge and severe emotional damage. Michael Fassbender delivers an unrelenting, cold-blooded performance (the bar scene in Argentina still gives me chills thinking about it), and I wish there had been more.

James McAvoy plays his counterpart – Charles Xavier, the peacemaker with unflinching hope for a better world. He had to live up to Patrick Stewart’s now iconic performances, and I think he was up to it. He manages to make the requisite team-building montage fairly engaging. He is often funny but never in a cheesy way, always more endearing than embarrassing, and his occasional use of the 60s slang, “groovy,” was never forced, conjuring up the time-period without making you groan in your seat. We see a fun-loving, playboy version of Charles Xavier, yet to be tempered by reality into the cooler, more responsible leader that he will become. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Mystique was solid, and the burgeoning romance with Hank McCoy provided a natural vehicle through which to portray these two characters’ conflicting desires to ‘be normal’ and escape from their much more visible mutations. That being said, I couldn’t see this Mystique, warm though occasionally given to fits of temper, turning into the cold-blooded killer portrayed in the comics or the other movies.

Kevin Bacon gives a passing turn as the central villain, Sebastian Shaw, but he clearly has a fair amount of fun with the role. Even if he doesn’t make your blood run cold at any point, at least it’s an enjoyable performance. January Jones sure did look the part of the icy White Queen Emma Frost, but her delivery was icy as well – they just didn’t give her many lines to work with. Luckily, there was only one role, that of the henchman Riptide, who strangely had no lines whatsoever. Even Jason Flemyng as the other henchman, Azazel, gets a few chances to speak and breathe life into his character. And seriously? Azazel, eventual father of fan favorite Nightcrawler? That is some awesomely obscure fan-boy fare.

Now, for some of the more nitty-gritty details. Did this movie adhere to X-Men canon? Not in the least for the comics, but they were right in line with all the other movies in the franchise. There were a couple of brief (but great) references to the other movies in the series that gave me a good laugh. The main discrepancies with the comic canon were the characters presented here. But the original X-Men line-up (specifically Cyclops, Angel, Ice Man, and Jean Grey) couldn’t be in this movie, because they were all younger in the other movies, which were later in this chronology. As a fairly acceptable consolation, however, the mutants included in this line-up were all fan-favorites. I felt like the inclusion of Scott Summers’ brother Alex, aka Havok, as part of this team was the makers of the film saying to fans, “We know this should be Cyclops, we can’t do it because of the other films, but this is the best and closest substitute we could give you.” Honestly, while the idea of Havok being in the original team doesn’t make a lick of sense in the comic universe, it worked pretty well in the film. Other articles of canon, like Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost leading the Hellfire Club, are sure to please long-time fan-boys looking for something more than the basic X-Men story.

At times gawky, at times beastly, but always Beast.

While a huge canon discrepancy, Beast transforming into his fully blue-fur form really advanced his inner conflict of conformity vs. self-acceptance. It also ties into a conversation he has with Xavier about Jekyll and Hyde rather well. He looks really great in full Beast form – as long as it’s being aided by CGI. Honestly, there are some moments where he looks like a normal dude in an awkward blue animal suit, while there are other moments where he looks incredible. It was a love-hate thing for me. Other than that, though, this movie was visually stunning. All the CGI was seamless, and the action was very well done – by far my favorite moments were the aerial combat scenes, and to my extreme satisfaction, there were a few of these. Plus, the blue and yellow suits! I knew they were coming, and I still loved seeing them in action.

As a period film, they did a solid job. Government higher-ups and mob bosses hobnobbing in a gentleman’s club, U.S. and Soviet secret agents, mod clothes galore – this definitely felt like the early 60s. But unfortunately this film played fast and loose with history, depicting the U.S. as being aware of Soviet plans to install missiles in Cuba before it happens, and ignoring the fact that the U.S. became aware of the situation only after efforts to install these weapons had already begun. While this wouldn’t be a big deal in a superhero fantasy, it is a problem when the movie attempts to use recordings of President Kennedy’s television addresses to the nation to place this story in concrete history. Since Marvel, unlike the DC Universe, is intended to be understood as existing within the “real world”, this did bug me a little bit.

So there you have it: a solid period film, great action, fan-boy fodder and nods to continuity, some occasionally clunky lines and a few poorly characterized roles, but overall one hell of a ride. And I could get caught up on some of the goofier things, as one particular big-name critic chose to do about Magneto’s helmet, but you know what? We get the origins of Magneto’s helmet! So I honestly don’t care. It was a great movie, for fans and non-fans alike.
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‘X-Men: First Class’
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by Tim Ross

(From left) Caleb Landry Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Lucas Till

As Hollywood digs deeper for fresh ideas and moviegoers tire of filmmakers trotting out less-than-stellar sequels, the prequel has become a new way to reintroduce old products to audiences. Many prequels have done little to spark new interest in a franchise, but several recent successful origin tales do come to mind.

The Batman Franchise has been retold in fantastic fashion with “Batman Begins,” and “The Dark Knight,” the 2009 version of “Star Trek” is a fine origin tale and now “X-Men: First Class” can be added to that list.

Like its title, this X-Men genesis flick is a first class effort to answer many of the questions fans have about their favorite mutants and how their loyalties came into being. How did Magneto become a complex villain-­advocate for mutants? How did Xavier end up in a wheelchair? Why did Xavier and Magneto become adversaries and how did their associates choose sides?

Large questions like this and many smaller curiosities are answered in nifty fashion in “X-Men: First Class,” which also does what all the films in the X-Men franchise do best – it explores the pain and humiliation of discrimination.

Director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz know a good foundation when they see one, so they don’t mess with the formula all the X-Men films have shared. They mix incredible special effects and huge action scenes with careful examination of how all the major characters deal with life as mutants.

What’s the use of a superpower if you’ll never have love? Or children? Or a normal life? These are fascinating questions and Vaughn succeeds in striking a balance between answering them and providing the audience plenty of popcorn blockbuster action.

Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is a brilliant young mind who recognizes he’s different and that there are others like him. He sets out to find as many mutants as he can to help them understand who they are and how they can live in harmony with non-mutants.

One of his first discoveries is Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), who can become the blue-tinted Mystique at will. Raven and Xavier travel the world in search of mutants and soon become aware of the powerful Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Erik is different because his incredible power of manipulating objects with magnetism is fueled by anger.

Xavier knows all the mutants feel anger, shame or loneliness and works to help them control their powers and their view of themselves as monsters. He teams with a CIA researcher (Oliver Platt) who’s been studying mutants and together they streamline the search process. Their quest yields a batch of young mutants and Xavier’s budding enterprise of pupils begins to grow.

In the meantime, tensions build between Xavier and Erik over how mutants should assimilate, but their friendship remains. How that friendship devolves and sides get chosen is a fun and fascinating journey.

And all of this is set against a backdrop of a growing Cold War, the Bay of Pigs, nuclear dawn and the notion of the destructive effects of labeling others without understanding.

And Kevin Bacon’s in the mix as the first mutant villain, Sebastian Shaw. Bacon revels in the role and plays it with the verve and heightened realism of a James Bond villain. In fact, he has high tech gadgets, a secret submarine and a tall, blonde sidekick (January Jones), just like many villains from the Bond films. Even the credits evoke comparisons to the Bond franchise. That choice seems deliberate on the part of Vaughn and it works.

The acting is solid top to bottom and Jennifer Lawrence, who is currently filming “Hunger Games” in our area, is a 20-year-old superstar in the making.

“X-Men: First Class” is a thought-provoking summer blockbuster that takes itself seriously while also having fun with the popcorn movie genre. Enjoy the ride.

Grade: 3.5/5
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"X-Men: First Class"

By: Mike Parnell
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 6:44 am
We enter this reboot of the X-Men franchise with a group of people being herded into a concentration camp.

As they enter the gate, a mother and father are separated from their teenage son. The parents turn around and try to reach back for the boy as he stands screaming for their reunion, held back by Nazi soldiers.

As he screams, he reaches out his hands. When he does, the metal of the gate begins to buckle and move. Soldiers run to him, attempting to stop whatever is going on, but he continues to bend the metal. Then a soldier comes behind him and knocks him out, breaking the link.

So it begins.

There have been four other movies made based on the X-Men comic book series from Marvel, but this is the reboot and prequel to the others.

That opening scene shows us the budding power of the mutant that will become the villain Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Here he is as young Erik Lensherr, a person with the power to draw metal to himself.

The movie shifts over to America and the estate of the Xavier family, where young Charles (James McAvoy) must employ his mutant power to read minds. He crosses paths with a mutant shape-shifter called Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), who eventually becomes his adopted sister.

"X Men: First Class" follows Erik and Charles and their strikingly different views of humanity. Erik knows the human race is capable of terrible things. He has experienced genocide firsthand and believes that humans need to be eliminated.

Charles, on the other hand, believes in the goodness of humanity. He thinks mutants should use their powers to protect and help humankind.

This movie deals with whether humanity is fully depraved. Erik thinks yes, that humans are nothing more than less-thans. Evolution passed them over and mutants are the new ruling species. Humans will do anything, in his mind, to top the evolutionary ladder.

Charles disagrees, and that's the conflict of vision that stands at the core of the X-Men storyline.

"X-Men: First Class" is a fine reboot of a franchise. Director Matthew Vaughn crafts a movie that is well paced and easy to follow. Even those who haven't read the comics or seen the other movies can enter this universe and enjoy the ride.

Mike Parnell is pastor of Beth Car Baptist Church in Halifax, Va.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn

Cast: James McAvoy: Charles Xavier; Michael Fassbender: Erik Lensherr/Magneto; Jennifer Lawrence: Raven/Mystique; Kevin Bacon: Sebastian Shaw; Rose Byrne: Moira MacTaggert; January Jones: Emma Frost.

The movie's website is here.
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So is X-Men: First Class any good?
by Elvis on Jun 10, 2011 • 7:09 am

X-Men: First Class. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I wasn’t expecting anything at all. For a few reasons:

The trailers left me underwhelmed.
Those latest promos gave me the feeling that every line of dialogues was written so that it could be contradicted a moment later. (“This is yours.” “No, this is ours.” Sigh).
I was really afraid that January Jones’s awful line readings were peppered throughout the film.
Though I enjoyed Kick-Ass I haven’t yet made up my mind about Michael Vaughn as a director.

So yes, not expecting much.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to discover that X-Men: First Class was a lot of fun. It felt like watching an old Bond film, a good old-fashioned adventure with people of means doing battle with other people of means (in this case that means money and superpowers, back then it meant money and weapons).

The period setting is well rendered. The hairstyles, the clothes, the colour palette of the movie, all add up to a nice little retro-futuristic package confident in itself to avoid calling unnecessary attention to its cleverness. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are a treat to watch while Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult turn in nice supporting performances. This will be the film that confirms that Michael Fassbender is a bona fide movie star (and should probably get some of the parts they keep announcing with Sam Worthington at the helm, what is up with that any way?). Of course the man must take care to avoid being typecast – as a key figure in movies that offer a revisionist view of history. It was also very enjoyable to watch McAvoy offering up a less-serious-than-usual performance. Treating the early years of Charles Xavier as a bit of fun was definitely the right move.

The film rolls along at quite a rapid pace and even though it is longer than your average Hollywood summer extravaganza one doesn’t feel the length too much. The movie does have a problem with an extended final stretch but I can see how all those movements were needed to connect it all up to existing X-Men canon.

Before the screening, one of the movie critics asked another if this was meant as a reboot to the franchise and the answer was, “this is not a reboot, this is a prequel.” My opinion is that this movie will also do very nicely as a brand new origin story.

Where they take it from here…ah therein lies the rub.
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X-Men: First Class - Review (B+)
Our X-Men: First Class Review.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: US & UK – Out Now

With opinions ranging from ‘hugely excited’ to ‘literally could not care less’, the latest – and, chronologically first – X-Men film is upon us. The main series has taken a considerable nosedive since the really quite excellent second film, and after Origins: Wolverine bombed all-round – killing the idea of an entire Origins franchise – it’s going to take something extraordinary to make people care about mutants again.

The majority of the story is set in 1962, as a group of people across the world begin to realise their evolutional advantage over mankind. On one side is Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), a CIA agent who discovers that a dangerous group of mutants are attempting to antagonise relations between the US and the USSR. Outmatched and outgunned, she goes looking for help, finding it in the form of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), recently made Professor of Genetics at Oxford University and his ward Raven/ Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).

X-Men: First Class - Review
As a team, the three of them begin to gather a band of mutants, including Havok (Lucas Till), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Dr Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz) and Eric Lensherr (Michael Fassbender). Hot-headed and vengeful, Eric has spent twenty years tracking down the Nazis who escaped punishment for their parts in the death camps and is closing in on the final scientist. That man, however, is Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), who is leading the Hellfire Club (consisting of Emma Frost – January Jones – Azazel – Jason Flemyng – and Riptide – Alex Gonzalez) into manipulating humanity’s destruction.

As you can probably tell from the summary, there’s a hell of a lot going on in this film – heck, most of that stuff is just from the first half hour. What’s most impressive is that all the information is presented clearly, quickly and smoothly, before the story rattles along the real meat. Unlike Thor or Origins: Wolverine, the narrative doesn’t allow itself to get bogged down in backstory or shout-outs to the fans.

Part of this is presumably down to the script’s rewrite from Director Matthew Vaughn and buddy Jane Goldman, in their first collaboration since the excellent Kick-Ass. The story is allowed to race along at the speed of a freight train, meaning that the two hour running time passes by almost unnoticed. Even in the quieter character moments, there is something to keep the audience’s interest.

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There are a few negatives, though. The film as a whole is still kind of unnecessary – everyone knows that former friends Charles and Eric end up on opposite sides of the mutant war, so finding out exactly how isn’t all that interesting. Fortunately, the film seems more bent on having huge action sequences with mutants that haven’t been used yet than it does on getting bogged down in the nitty-gritty of relationships.

X-Men: First Class also takes the established continuity of both the films and comics and snaps it neatly in two over bended knee. This is not a prequel to the other films, this is a new beginning, like Batman Begins, hitting the old restart button and trying again just try to calm down the fanboys when they start spitting blood about Scott Summer’s younger brother being around and active in the early sixties.

As a reboot of the X-Men franchise, First Class is a triumph. Excellent visuals, great mutant battles and, above all, a fizzling chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender, this firmly wipes away those painful memories of Wolverine. Just don’t run it into the ground this time, okay?

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Our Grade: B+
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
"X-Men: First Class" (2011): 4/5
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, James Remar

Intro: It's 1962 and the nuclear arms race is coming to a head. Threatening to make it explode (literally) is Sebastian Shaw, a mutant and leader of the Hellfire Club who wants nothing more than for a world dominated and inhabited by only mutants. Two men who stand in his way are Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who has unfinished business with Shaw. With the help of CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, the duo attempts to stop Shaw by pulling together a team of young mutants, including Raven, Charles' longtime friend.

The Deal: Forget what you remember from the previous X-Men films, because not only does this one blow the others right out of the water, it negates many aspects of their story, to excellent effect. Who better than Matthew Vaughn, with the help of previous X-Men helmer Bryan Singer, to revitalize the series? His work on Kick-Ass showed audiences that he knows the superhero genre well enough to turn it on its head, and he's really outdone himself here. Vaughn is assisted by a (mostly) excellent cast and some of the most impressive special effects I've seen in films. Do not miss this one.

The Standouts: After her performance in the gritty noir Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence got an Oscar nom and pretty much the world in the palm of her hand. So it's a bit surprising that one of the first roles she turned to afterwards was Raven (aka Mystique) in this movie. The script fleshes out her character much more than the previous ones did, and her performance matches it, making Rebecca Romijn's interpretation seem wooden by comparison. Also great is Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, who channels the insecurity and angst of being forced to confront his different-ness in a hostile world. But these actors aren't the best in the movie because…

…Pause for Effect: James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender completely blew me away as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. In every way do they equal Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen's performances (and the old guys are classically trained Shakespearean actors!). Both McAvoy and Fassbender are turning out to be great actors who seem never to pick bad parts for themselves. I'm just happy that they took a risk and went for the comic book movie roles.

The Weak Links: This seems to be inevitable in Marvel's films: they try to cram in too many characters (remember X-Men: The Last Stand or Spider-Man 3?). The filmmakers did not cross the line as badly here, though. The problems I have come in two forms: the characters are either underwritten or miscast. In the former league we have quite a few: Angel, Riptide, Azazel, and Emma Frost are all performed competently, but I came out understanding nothing about them as individuals. Even Frost (played by the ravishing January Jones), who gets plenty of screen time, comes across as being nothing but a sexy robot for Shaw to order around. In the latter category is Kevin Bacon as Shaw. The problem here is that he is too reserved. Since Fassbender is the angry, misguided anti-hero here, Bacon's only choice is to outdo him by being flamboyant and menacing (like, say, the Joker). But he underplays the character too much, making him unconvincing and unsatisfying as a villain.

Bring it On: There's already a sequel in the works for 2013. I'm actually OK with that.
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X-Men: First class Review: Simply Class apart
Dated : June 10, 2011
Written by: Sujeet Mahto in Friday Fury, Hollywood Movie Reviews, Movies , 3,294 views , 3 Comments
X-Men: First class Review: Simply Class apart
Rating: ★★★★½

Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Cast James McAvoy-Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender-Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, Bill Milner-Young Erik, Rose Byrne-Moira MacTaggert, Kevin Bacon-Sebastian Shaw, Jennifer Lawrence-Raven / Mystique, Jason Flemyng-Azazel, Álex González-Janos Quested / Riptide, January Jones-Emma Frost, Zoë Kravitz-Angel Salvadore, Nicholas Hoult-Hank McCoy / Beast, Caleb Landry Jones-Sean Cassidy / Banshee, Corey Johnson-Chief Warden, Lucas Till-Alex Summers / Havok
Director Matthew Vaughn
Written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer
Original Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography by John Mathieson
Film Editing by Eddie Hamilton, Lee Smith
Rating PG-13


Quicktake:

The movie X-Men First Class is simply amazing.

Well honestly I am a big fan of the X-Men series, I loved the first two, liked the third and certainly the fourth was just so okay, and my expectations from this one was just so meager that I went with a mind-set of hating the movie, but what I witnessed in the theatre was something you should surely go and witness it. The X-Men series has just got one big fan back and like me others who would had thought of disliking the movie, will just love the movie for not just one reason but many and by many I mean plenty…most certainly, Read on to know those reasons…

Plot Review:

X-Men First Class’s story is just epic and its unique, original, awesome, mind-blowing, and marvelous and I just don’t have words.

To start with the plot review, I need to say two words for the movie “Simply Amaaaaaazing”, wow, awesome, unbelievable, unimaginable… the two words will never end. I mean seriously the movie has a plot that is humanly not conceivable, really… but in some terms the movie is comparable to Tarantino’s epic fiction “Inglorious Basterds”. The reason being a fact that has been witnessed by millions of people, the fact that it has happened to our world in the past, can be altered in such a way that you start to question yourself, is this real or what I heard and learned in my books is real. Both the directors of Inglorious Basterds and X-Men First Class, have shown that facts an look super sexy when you add fiction to it.

The movie starts with a scene that the X-Men fans will surely remember, the scene where little Magneto moves the metal doors to reach for his mother and then it suddenly transforms into an epic story showcasing some of the moments from the times when the world was in Destiny’s hands and anything could have happened if the two super powers then USA and Russia wouldn’t have raged a third World War. But how did they stop the cold war that was soon going to turn into a World Nuclear War.

Well X-Men First Class takes us back in the history and explains how the third world war stopped, well obviously in a fictional way, but seriously it never feels like fiction. The plot shows the growth of two superbly talented mutants Professor X and Magneto, but the story is not about the animosity between Professor X and Magneto, it’s about the friendship between Charles Xaviers and Eric, and how they evolve into Professor X and Magneto and the journey is filled with many mutants and their cool powers that made everyone clap and cheer in the movie hall. The plot is so smartly written that there is hardly any flaw in the movie, I was trying hard to find mistakes in the plot, something that would have something better, but nothing I came across had a flaw, but as I was watching with so much curiosity, I did find one flaw and that being that the movie was about the friendship of Charles and Eric, but it showed more about Eric’s vengeance in the movie. But that doesn’t means that there is no friendship at all, the friendship is shown nicely but when the movie is so perfect, you want everything to be perfect.

One more thing that I really want to add about this amazing plot is the way they have portrayed the mutant existence, its not like they came from heave or something, mutants are just a part of human evolution and the way that concept is handled, I really need to applaud the writers, the thinking behind this simple concept of mutant evolution may sound simple but is hell lot more complicated.

And everything else was the story was perfect, the new mutants were perfect, the villain in the movie was simply amazing and you surely will witness one hell of a bad mutant in the movie, in short the movie is perfect, well seriously very near almost very near to perfect. And when the movie moves to an end you feel the end is surely not perfect, well what I mean is that the movie’s end is not bad at all, in fact it is awesome but the series has just begun and the further parts will surely be amazing, well that’s what I hope and pray, because I Loved the movie and want to see more and more.

Also worth mentioning is the action in the movie, X-Men have always been know for its action and the action in this X-Men is marvelous, I loved it you will love it for sure.

One scene you surely don’t want to miss is when Wolverine (Hugh Jakman) is on screen, the whole crowd was hooting, cheering at the top of their voices and one loud voice was surely mine.
Direction and Screenplay Review:

Director Matthew Vaughn has taken the X-Men series to a new level.

Director Matthew Vaughn gave us the wholesome enteratainer in Kick Ass in the year 2010 and the movie really kicked some ass, the violence in the movie was great, well X-Men is not that violent, but the way the director has handled the subject is very awesome, you will witness something which is fact turning into fiction, and that is done very good, but this is not it, the best part of Matthew Vaughn direction is that how he handled negativity around the series and how beautifully he has brought the mutants together younger and much better.

The screenplay mercifully has no loop holes, or the movie never detaches itself from what is meant to be, the flow of the movie is smooth and it sails through beautifully, although everything is good, the editing could had been a tad better and the movie could had been a little shorter but that’s seriously ignorable.
Acting Review:

James McAvoy plays the character of the young Charles Xavier to the tee, and seriously his humor in the movie cannot go unnoticed, the way this young actor has acted makes him the next big thing for sure, he is going to be a hot property now. And Michael Fassbender playing the character of Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto is also good, but you feel , the anger sometimes gets too much over the top, he has acted wonderfully but not as good as James McAvoy. Other mutants in the movie are also fantastic, but Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence has performed exceptionally well, the portrayal of her character has originality to it. Sebastian Shaw the villain played by Kevin Bacon is a surprise choice, but he delivers more than what I expected, he is also very good.

Over all in the acting department, all the actors have done very well.
Music Review:

The soundtrack prepared by Henry Jackman is very good and really it never gets loud like what happens in many superhero or period fiction movie, the soundtrack has a racy yet classy feel to it, its simple yet very novel, in-short the soundtrack is really good. Full marks to Henry Jackman for a wonderful score.

Verdict:

You read the whole review and still want a verdict then here it is; you cannot do a mistake of missing this one, it can count as a criminal offence. The movie has it all to be a worth of every single penny you spend on watching this movie.

Bottomline:

X-Men First Class is a movie that you shouldn’t miss.

Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)
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X-Men: First class Review: Simply Class apart
Dated : June 10, 2011
Written by: Sujeet Mahto in Friday Fury, Hollywood Movie Reviews, Movies , 3,295 views , 3 Comments
X-Men: First class Review: Simply Class apart
Rating: ★★★★½

Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Cast James McAvoy-Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender-Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, Bill Milner-Young Erik, Rose Byrne-Moira MacTaggert, Kevin Bacon-Sebastian Shaw, Jennifer Lawrence-Raven / Mystique, Jason Flemyng-Azazel, Álex González-Janos Quested / Riptide, January Jones-Emma Frost, Zoë Kravitz-Angel Salvadore, Nicholas Hoult-Hank McCoy / Beast, Caleb Landry Jones-Sean Cassidy / Banshee, Corey Johnson-Chief Warden, Lucas Till-Alex Summers / Havok
Director Matthew Vaughn
Written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer
Original Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography by John Mathieson
Film Editing by Eddie Hamilton, Lee Smith
Rating PG-13


Quicktake:

The movie X-Men First Class is simply amazing.

Well honestly I am a big fan of the X-Men series, I loved the first two, liked the third and certainly the fourth was just so okay, and my expectations from this one was just so meager that I went with a mind-set of hating the movie, but what I witnessed in the theatre was something you should surely go and witness it. The X-Men series has just got one big fan back and like me others who would had thought of disliking the movie, will just love the movie for not just one reason but many and by many I mean plenty…most certainly, Read on to know those reasons…

Plot Review:

X-Men First Class’s story is just epic and its unique, original, awesome, mind-blowing, and marvelous and I just don’t have words.

To start with the plot review, I need to say two words for the movie “Simply Amaaaaaazing”, wow, awesome, unbelievable, unimaginable… the two words will never end. I mean seriously the movie has a plot that is humanly not conceivable, really… but in some terms the movie is comparable to Tarantino’s epic fiction “Inglorious Basterds”. The reason being a fact that has been witnessed by millions of people, the fact that it has happened to our world in the past, can be altered in such a way that you start to question yourself, is this real or what I heard and learned in my books is real. Both the directors of Inglorious Basterds and X-Men First Class, have shown that facts an look super sexy when you add fiction to it.

The movie starts with a scene that the X-Men fans will surely remember, the scene where little Magneto moves the metal doors to reach for his mother and then it suddenly transforms into an epic story showcasing some of the moments from the times when the world was in Destiny’s hands and anything could have happened if the two super powers then USA and Russia wouldn’t have raged a third World War. But how did they stop the cold war that was soon going to turn into a World Nuclear War.

Well X-Men First Class takes us back in the history and explains how the third world war stopped, well obviously in a fictional way, but seriously it never feels like fiction. The plot shows the growth of two superbly talented mutants Professor X and Magneto, but the story is not about the animosity between Professor X and Magneto, it’s about the friendship between Charles Xaviers and Eric, and how they evolve into Professor X and Magneto and the journey is filled with many mutants and their cool powers that made everyone clap and cheer in the movie hall. The plot is so smartly written that there is hardly any flaw in the movie, I was trying hard to find mistakes in the plot, something that would have something better, but nothing I came across had a flaw, but as I was watching with so much curiosity, I did find one flaw and that being that the movie was about the friendship of Charles and Eric, but it showed more about Eric’s vengeance in the movie. But that doesn’t means that there is no friendship at all, the friendship is shown nicely but when the movie is so perfect, you want everything to be perfect.

One more thing that I really want to add about this amazing plot is the way they have portrayed the mutant existence, its not like they came from heave or something, mutants are just a part of human evolution and the way that concept is handled, I really need to applaud the writers, the thinking behind this simple concept of mutant evolution may sound simple but is hell lot more complicated.

And everything else was the story was perfect, the new mutants were perfect, the villain in the movie was simply amazing and you surely will witness one hell of a bad mutant in the movie, in short the movie is perfect, well seriously very near almost very near to perfect. And when the movie moves to an end you feel the end is surely not perfect, well what I mean is that the movie’s end is not bad at all, in fact it is awesome but the series has just begun and the further parts will surely be amazing, well that’s what I hope and pray, because I Loved the movie and want to see more and more.

Also worth mentioning is the action in the movie, X-Men have always been know for its action and the action in this X-Men is marvelous, I loved it you will love it for sure.

One scene you surely don’t want to miss is when Wolverine (Hugh Jakman) is on screen, the whole crowd was hooting, cheering at the top of their voices and one loud voice was surely mine.
Direction and Screenplay Review:

Director Matthew Vaughn has taken the X-Men series to a new level.

Director Matthew Vaughn gave us the wholesome enteratainer in Kick Ass in the year 2010 and the movie really kicked some ass, the violence in the movie was great, well X-Men is not that violent, but the way the director has handled the subject is very awesome, you will witness something which is fact turning into fiction, and that is done very good, but this is not it, the best part of Matthew Vaughn direction is that how he handled negativity around the series and how beautifully he has brought the mutants together younger and much better.

The screenplay mercifully has no loop holes, or the movie never detaches itself from what is meant to be, the flow of the movie is smooth and it sails through beautifully, although everything is good, the editing could had been a tad better and the movie could had been a little shorter but that’s seriously ignorable.
Acting Review:

James McAvoy plays the character of the young Charles Xavier to the tee, and seriously his humor in the movie cannot go unnoticed, the way this young actor has acted makes him the next big thing for sure, he is going to be a hot property now. And Michael Fassbender playing the character of Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto is also good, but you feel , the anger sometimes gets too much over the top, he has acted wonderfully but not as good as James McAvoy. Other mutants in the movie are also fantastic, but Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence has performed exceptionally well, the portrayal of her character has originality to it. Sebastian Shaw the villain played by Kevin Bacon is a surprise choice, but he delivers more than what I expected, he is also very good.

Over all in the acting department, all the actors have done very well.
Music Review:

The soundtrack prepared by Henry Jackman is very good and really it never gets loud like what happens in many superhero or period fiction movie, the soundtrack has a racy yet classy feel to it, its simple yet very novel, in-short the soundtrack is really good. Full marks to Henry Jackman for a wonderful score.

Verdict:

You read the whole review and still want a verdict then here it is; you cannot do a mistake of missing this one, it can count as a criminal offence. The movie has it all to be a worth of every single penny you spend on watching this movie.

Bottomline:

X-Men First Class is a movie that you shouldn’t miss.
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X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film of Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel directed by Matthew Vaughn. 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. It's 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 U.K. and on June 3 in the United States.
In 1962, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy.
Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Production Co.:
Donners Company, Marvel Studios, Bad Hat Harry Productions
20th Century Fox Studio Facilities
Phaze UK
One Step Up Inc.
Prologue Films
Scarlet Letters
EFilm
Gentle Giant Studios
NVIZAGE, The Third Floor, Cinedev, Destroy All Monsters, Proof Inc., POV Special Effects
WETA Digital, Ltd.
Rhythm & Hues Studios, Digital Domain
The Moving Picture Company, Cinesite (Europe) Ltd., Luma Pictures
Trixter Film GmbH, Rise FX, Prime Focus VFX, Method Studios, Hydraulx, The Senate Visual Effects
DeCrescent/Rotter
JoAnn Kane Music Service
Newman Scoring Stage, Twentieth Century Fox Sound Department
Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
U.S. Box Office: $56,000,000
Filming Locations:
London, England, United Kingdom
Georgia, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States

Actors

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (24 yrs)
Born: James Andrew McAvoy
April 21, 1979 in Port Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Hailed in 2006 by director Kevin Macdonald as the world's "best British actor under 30 without question," Glasgow native James McAvoy's talent for playing flawed yet sympathetic characters made him an actor to watch for the new millennium. Officially kicking off his screen career at age 16 in the 1995 thriller, "The Near Room," it would be another eight years before…


Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
Born: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Jennifer Lawrence was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She has 2 older brothers, Ben and Blaine, sister-in-law Meredith, and her parents are Gary and Karen Lawrence. Jennifer, known to her friends and family as "Jen", was discovered in New York City at the age of 14. Before Jennifer became an actor, she was involved in cheer-leading.


Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr
Born: April 2, 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany
The actor Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany. He is of German and Irish parentage. His father is from Germany and his mother is from Northern Ireland. Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south west Ireland. At the moment he is based in Los Angeles.


Bill Milner as Young Erik
Born: William Henry Milner
March 4, 1995 in England, UK
English performer Bill Milner took his first screen bow as a child star when the producers of the offbeat comedy Son of Rambow (2007) cast the then-unknown as their lead actor. In the film, Milner played Will Proudfoot, a young man who unexpectedly befriends the school bully and then teams up with him to make a low-budget movie paying homage to Stallone's John Rambo. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
Born: Mary Rose Byrne
July 24, 1979 in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Rose was born in Sydney, Australia. She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll, when she was 15 years old. Since then, Rose has appeared in a variety of Australian televisions shows including Heartbreak High, Echo Point, and the film Two Hands alongside Heath Ledger.


Álex González as Jason Quested/Riptide
Born:
Augusto Alejandro José González
August 13, 1980 in Madrid, Spain
Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee
Lucas Till as Havoc
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
Jason Flemyng as Azazel


Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
Born:
Zoe Isabella Kravitz
December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in New York City. Zoe's love and interest in acting developed from classes she began taking while in school. Wasting little time, Zoe started working on two films during her senior year in high school; No Reservations directed by Scott Hicks.

Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
Beth Goddard (II) as Mrs. Xavier
Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggart
Morgan Lily as Young Raven (10 yrs)
Oliver Platt as Man in Black Suit
Laurence Belcher as Charles Xavier (12 yrs)
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
January Jones as Emma Frost



Director: Matthew Vaughn
Born: Matthew De Vere Drummond
March 7, 1971 in London, England, UK
His biological father is George De Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI. Matthew Vaughn adopted his surname for business purposes.

Writers
Ashley Edward Miller Screenplay
Zack Stentz Screenplay
Jane Goldman Screenplay
Matthew Vaughn Screenplay
Sheldon Turner Story By
Bryan Singer Story By
Jeff Parker Source Material (from comic book: "X-Men: First Class")
Jamie Moss Screenplay


Producers
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Bryan Singer Producer
Simon Kinberg Producer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Tarquin Pack Executive Producer
Josh McLaglen Executive Producer
Tom Cohen Associate Producer

Plot
At a German concentration camp in occupied Poland in 1944, scientist Dr. Schmidt[4] observes young Erik Lensherr bend a metal gate with his mind when the child is separated from his parents. In his office, Schmidt orders Lensherr to similarly move a metal coin on a desk, and kills his mother when the child cannot. Lensherr's out-of-control magnetic power manifests, killing two guards and destroying the room, to Schmidt's delight. Meanwhile, in a Westchester County, New York mansion, young telepath Charles Xavier meets homeless young shape-shifter Raven. Overjoyed to meet someone else "different" like him, he invites her to live with his family.
In 1962, an adult Lensherr has begun tracking down former Nazis, hoping to find Schmidt and take revenge. Meanwhile, in England, Oxford University graduate Xavier is publishing his thesis on mutation; his foster sister Raven, a waitress, lives with him. In Las Vegas, Nevada, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert follows U.S. Army Colonel Hendry into the Hellfire Club, where she sees Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, and Azazel. After Shaw threatens Hendry, Azazel disappears with the officer; moments later Hendry is in the War Room, advocating that the U.S. install nuclear missiles in Turkey. Shaw later kills Hendry, revealing himself as Schmidt and demonstrating the energy-absorbing mutant power that has de-aged him.

MacTaggert, seeking Xavier's advice on mutation, introduces him and Raven to the CIA, where they convince Director McCone that mutants exist and Shaw is a threat. Though McCone refuses to employ the mutants, they are sponsored by the unnamed "Man in Black Suit", another CIA executive. Xavier tracks Shaw down, arriving in time to stop Lensherr, who had attacked Shaw, from drowning as Shaw escapes. Xavier brings Lensherr to the CIA's secret "Division X" facility. They meet young scientist Hank McCoy, a prehensile-footed mutant whom Xavier inadvertently outs as a mutant. McCoy, developing a bond with Raven, promises her he will find a way to normalize their appearance. Xavier uses a mutant-locating device, Cerebro, to find and recruit mutants for training to stop Shaw. He and Lensherr find stripper Angel Salvadore; taxi driver Armando Muñoz, who takes the code name Darwin; Army prisoner Alex Summers, who calls himself Havok; and Sean Cassidy, who dubs himself Banshee. Raven takes the name Mystique.
When Frost meets with a Soviet general, Xavier and Lensherr capture her. Meanwhile, Azazel, Riptide and Shaw attack Division X, killing everyone but the young mutants and offering them the chance to join him. Angel accepts, and when Darwin tries to rescue her, Shaw kills him. With the facility destroyed, Xavier takes the mutants to train at his family mansion. McCoy devises protective uniforms and a stealth jet.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy institutes a blockade to stop a Soviet freighter from moving nuclear missiles to Cuba. Shaw, wearing a helmet that foils Xavier's telepathy, accompanies the Soviet fleet to ensure the missiles arrive, trying to trigger World War III and mutant ascendency. Raven tries to seduce Lensherr, but he turns down her advances, and convinces her to embrace her nature as a mutant. McCoy soon offers Raven his cure for her appearance, but she refuses. The cure backfires on McCoy, rendering him a leonine beast. Though ashamed of his new appearance, he pilots the mutants and MacTaggert to the blockade line. In an ensuing battle with Shaw, Lensherr takes the helmet for himself, allowing Xavier to immobilize Shaw. Despite Xavier's objections, Lensherr kills Shaw by forcing the concentration camp coin through his brain.

Fearing the mutants, the fleets fire their missiles at them. In a struggle, Xavier keeps Lensherr from destroying the fleets with the missiles, but when MacTaggert fires at Lensherr, a deflected bullet hits Xavier in the spine. Lensherr, remorseful, leaves with Mystique, Angel, Riptide and Azazel. A wheelchair-bound Xavier and the mutants return to the mansion, where he intends to open a school. MacTaggert promises to never reveal his location and they kiss; at the CIA later, she says she has no clear memory of recent events. Lensherr, in a uniform with the helmet and calling himself Magneto, breaks Frost from confinement.
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'X-Men' franchise transforms into good prequel
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June 9, 2011

3 stars

There is a desire to call "X-Men: First Class" not so much by its rightful title as, perhaps, "When Charles Met Erik."

For those not "in the know" with their X-Men lore, Charles would be Professor X and Erik would be his nemesis, Magneto.

For it is their individual and collective stories that allow this film to serve as a prequel of sorts to the "X-Men" film trilogy of the previous decade. "First Class" even gives a hip nod to last year's "X-Men" spin-off, "Wolverine."

Even as a child, Charles Xavier knew that his highly advanced mental capabilities set him apart from his peers. Although a mutant, Charles refused to believe that he was one of a kind and his belief would be vindicated one evening when he surprises a shape-shifting mutant who is raiding his family's refrigerator.

The two become friends and grow into young adulthood with Charles (James McAvoy) pursuing advanced research studies into genetic mutations while his mutant, shape-shifting friend, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), supports his efforts as sort of a surrogate sister. Their humble beginnings together serve to contrast sharply against the unsettling childhood of Erik Lehnsherr.

With his family sentenced to life in a Nazi concentration camp, an overwrought young child bends the gates of the camp when he is separated from his mother. Sebastien Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a Nazi researcher, is intrigued by this boy's power to bend metal with sheer thought and consequently removes the boy from the camp so as to study him further.

It is not beneath Shaw's ambition to torture the young Polish boy to bring forth his incredible abilities so that Shaw can find a means by which to exploit them for his own personal gains.

When that boy, Erik (Michael Fassbender), becomes an adult, he dedicates his life to revenging himself upon the man who destroyed his.

It is Erik's journey of vengeance that leads him to cross paths with Charles. A tenuous friendship, one built upon mutual admiration, shared discriminations and sharp political differences is born. At the same time, however, it seems that Shaw is plotting nuclear annihilation (via the Cuban missile crisis) in which only mutants will survive.

"X-Men: First Class" is a rousing entertainment that transcends its pulpy source material while touching on issues of civil rights, vigilantism and teen angst. It's great as a stand-alone feature or as a complementary piece to the "X-Men" cinema mythology.

The film is wonderfully realized by director Matthew Vaughn, injecting new blood and new life into a series that presumably had run its course. This new energy comes courtesy of a truly phenomenal cast of actors.

This is especially true of Fassbender, as clearly, "X-Men: First Class" serves as his star-making turn. Fassbender takes command of his role with a charisma and talent that makes him nothing less than riveting when on screen.

Fassbender is able to be just as convincingly passionate and vengeful as Magneto as he is wounded and tragic as Erik. Yet he also plays very well off his fellow actors, particularly McAvoy.

This is a very good thing because if McAvoy could not hold his own against Fassbender on screen, then the relationship between Erik and Charles — its bond and its tensions — wouldn't work. The same sense of commitment to their roles holds true for the other actors, as well, regardless of how large or small their parts might be.

Only Bacon comes closest to being an exception, as one gets the impression he's fighting to resist an urge to inject cheesiness into his role rather than presence.

"X-Men: First Class" also is the beneficiary of the vision and talents of special-effects maestro John Dykstra. His effects work generates a sense of wonder and amazement that works in concert with the film.

Aside from being slightly longer than it should be, "X-Men: First Class" ends up being a lot of fun without being silly.

That it also has depth and a logical place in the canon of "X-Men" history only helps make it that much more enjoyable.
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Malcolm X-Men

by Steve Sailer

June 08, 2011

Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne and January Jones

X-Men: First Class is the fifth screen adaptation since 2000 of the Marvel Comics series. What’s the appeal of these Homo superior mutants whose superpowers cause them to be oppressed by the bigoted and backward majority, us genetically inferior Homo sapiens?

Well, every adolescent sees himself as victim and victor.

X-Men: First Class is a prequel set during 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. It explains the split between former best friends: nice Professor X (played boringly by the usually charming James McAvoy, the faun in Narnia) and tormented Magneto (an impressive Michael Fassbender, who was also strong earlier this year as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre).

At first, the handsome pair gladly teams up to recruit fellow mutants for the initial year of their new academy. Then they fight the Dr. Mengele-like Nazi geneticist who murdered Magneto’s mom at Auschwitz and who has since become a Dr. No-styled international super-villain egging the US and the USSR into nuclear war. (Kevin Bacon plays him with a cheerful lack of effort at making sense of his character.) They also combat a telepathic villainess, played (horribly) by blonde starlet January Jones (Mrs. Don Draper) as a tribute to Ursula Andress’s ice queen in the first James Bond movie.
“Ultimately, Magneto realizes Nazi ideology was right; Hitler was merely on the wrong side.”

Ultimately, Magneto realizes Nazi ideology was right; Hitler was merely on the wrong side. So he recruits all the nonwhite mutants away from the moderate Prof. X to join his radical team.

The basic conflict in X-Men between the Martin Luther King-like Professor X and the Malcolm X-like Magneto over whether to tolerate the majority’s prejudice or to give them what they have coming is similar to the struggle in the Harry Potter series between the saintly Dumbledore and the sinister Voldemort.

In contrast to J. K. Rowling’s tale, First Class sympathizes less with Professor X, the outdated assimilationist, and more with Magneto, the mutant supremacist who learned not to trust the majority during the Holocaust. In First Class, one mutant has an epiphany: “We shouldn’t try to be more like them. Society should aspire to be more like us.”

Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies and is back to produce First Class, often explains how being Jewish and homosexual makes him an outsider, which lets him empathize with the persecuted mutants. The vastly successful Singer’s self-pity always reminds me of that scene in Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show where veteran showbiz producer Artie, played by the redoubtable Rip Torn, explains to cocky young joke-writer Phil why he should be careful making wisecracks about gays.

“Don’t you know who runs this town?” Artie thunders.

“Yeah, the Jews,” smirks Phil.

“No,” Artie glares, “the gay Jews!”

On the other hand, Singer’s director for this outing, Matthew Vaughn (director of 2010’s Kick-Ass), is highly not gay and not Jewish. His mom, a rich blonde flower child, told him he was the scion of TV star Robert Vaughn. But a blood test in the 1980s revealed the boy was the natural son of English peer George de Vere Drummond, whose surname the director has given the three children he’s had with his wife, German supermodel Claudia Schiffer.

When January Jones showed up pregnant in April, gossips immediately surmised that Vaughn must be the father. After all, they reasoned, Jones is such a terrible actress that to get the role she must have been sleeping with either the producer or the director. And since we can rule out Singer, that leaves only Vaughn. (He has vigorously denied paternity.)

First Class is difficult to describe coherently because its tone shifts frequently between Singer’s somber message (the film begins at Auschwitz) and Vaughn’s lighthearted interests. Singer’s allegory about the danger of another Holocaust if the gay Jews don’t run this town doesn’t coincide with Vaughn’s playful tribute to the early 60s, including Lockheed’s SR-71 supersonic jet and Marilyn Monroe (a bad Jennifer Lawrence, who was good in Winter’s Bone). Mostly, Vaughn displays a quasi-filial affection for knocking off James Bond movies. (The director’s ex-father, Robert Vaughn, starred in that hep mid-60s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

Like Batman, Bond had no superpowers. But guns and gadgets look cooler onscreen than what Prof. X and Magneto are stuck with. To read minds, Professor X puts his finger to his temple like Johnny Carson playing psychic Carnac the Magnificent. To telekinetically move metal objects, Magneto squinches his face up and does jazz hands. These are pretty dweeby superpowers compared to the adamantine skeleton of earlier X-Men leading mutant Wolverine. (In First Class, Hugh Jackman has a cameo of two words, the second of which is “off.”)

Fortunately, Fassbender’s Sean Connery impression captures more than a little of that great star’s ruthless magnetism, keeping this hodgepodge on track.
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X-Men: First Class Review
By Krystyl On June 8, 2011

Note: There isn’t much spoilage, but go see the movie first and avoid coloring your opinion beforehand.

As far as X-Men movies go, this was definitely my favorite. It had a great mix of action, drama, and comedy. I think the best parts of the entire movie were Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Fassbender was utterly brilliant as Erik Lehnsherr. Maybe brilliant isn’t the word – Badass is more like it (that’s in reference to the badass knife-handling scene). There was so much emotion behind his acting.

Also, I found it a pleasant surprise that Charles Xavier wasn’t portrayed as a stuffy do-gooder. I loved his bar scenes and mutant pick-up lines. Kevin Bacon wasn’t too bad as a villian - I actually liked the kinetic special effects (the splitting of his face as he gets footloose on the nuclear energy).
And let’s not mention the special cameo…

It wasn’t a perfect film by any means, though (“gives Dark Knight a run for its money” my ass). Emma Frost’s diamond form in this movie wasn’t as bad as her million-dollar bling form in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but man was it hokey. The effects were reminiscent of pasting eyes and lips on top of an ugly chandelier. I can’t deny the hotness that is January Jones, but I’d rather they just film her in her bra and pan away when she takes diamond form.
Being a personal fan of Frasier-Beast, I was a little disappointed at the makeup job for this movie’s beast–just a bit too cartooney for my taste (reminded me of Chaka from Land of the Lost). I think it was the mouth… or maybe the eyes?

Although I could’ve done without some of the lil’ mutants, I liked the mansion montage. All in all, there was some mighty fine acting and a pretty entertaining plot. I hope this means we get to see more Michael Fassbender….
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'X-Men: First Class' from start to finish
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The first class of the legendary X-Men, from left: Caleb Landry Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Lucas Till
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The first class of the legendary X-Men, from left: Caleb Landry Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Lucas Till

Every saga has its beginnings and the historical lore of comic superheroes is by far the most interesting back story to learn.

"X-Men: First Class" gives a stunning look at how one of most famous superhero teams got its start.

Director Matthew Vaughn makes this movie his own and takes a new path with action filled scenes coupled with dark themes that shape the heroes and villains fans have come to know and love.

"First Class" not only shows how the X-Men came to be, but the deep relationship that has been eluded to between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) that have been a part of the first three X-Men films.

Kevin Bacon brings just the right amount of evil, mad scientist to villain, Sebastian Shaw, who is putting into action the events that lead to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and the USSR.

The film starts by showing a young Lehnsherr in a Nazi concentration camp. Shaw is trying to get Lehnsherr to move a metal coin off of the desk and show his mutant powers. When Lehnsherr fails to move the coin, Shaw decides that a more 'persuasive' tactic is needed. Shaw tells the boy that if he does not move the coin by the count of three, Shaw will shoot his mother.

Failing to move the coin, the boy watches Shaw shoot his mother in front of him. This releases the Lehnsherr's rage, and he crushes all the metal in the office. Lehnsherr becomes consumed with tracking down Shaw to avenge the death of his mother.

Meanwhile, Xavier joins forces with the CIA while they are trying to track down Shaw as well after they find out about his possible involvement in the placing of missiles that are causing tensions between the world's superpowers.

While attempting to catch Shaw, Xavier saves Lehnsherr's life, and their friendship with each other begins.

With the help of Hank McCoy (Beast), Xavier tracks down other Mutants to join his cause and helps them to harness their powers and use them for good.

Throughout "X-Men First Class" fans will catch moments of understanding as the movie explains some of the iconic traits that beloved characters have, such as their Mutant names and how their technology came to be.

While being the kick off movie to the summer blockbuster season, "First Class" is not ashamed to be a superhero movie and has great visual effects, which will keep audiences excited, and it doesn't hold back on the deeper themes of friendship, accepting who you are, and tolerance for all humans, mutant or not.

For a prequel "X-Men: First Class" was much better than my x-pectations.
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New origin story places mutants in center of history

By Corinne Gaston · Daily Trojan

Posted June 7, 2011 (2 weeks ago) at 6:40 pm in Film, Lifestyle
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Votes: 1; Avg: 5.00)

There are bound to be fans of the X-Men saga who will be pleased with last weekend’s long-awaited prequel, X-Men: First Class. Although the film does breathe some new life into the sagging franchise, it’s emphatically not the fantastic film it could have been, and it most likely won’t age particularly well. Unimaginative dialogue, a subpar musical score, rushed character development and a perplexing — if not downright unnecessary — historical backdrop are among the numerous elements holding it back.

Beginnings · Eric Lensherr (Michael Fassbender, second from left) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, second from right) will go on to become Magneto and Professor X, but they’re not yet enemies in the 1960s. - Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

First Class tells multiple stories, including the formation of the team of mutants which will later be known as the X-Men and the burgeoning friendship between future enemies Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). The supernaturally powerful pair work together to fight Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a mutant with the power to absorb and wield kinetic energy, bent on taking over the world. All of this takes place during the 1960s with a Cold War backdrop.

The film is hardly a notch above average, owing its strengths to specific moments as opposed to the film as a whole. Most of the fight scenes are highly entertaining, mainly because of the villainous henchmen unleashing their powers. There are also a handful of comedic moments, but aside from a hilarious cameo, nothing is too memorable. The pace of the plot is decent, although it suffers early on from quick and numerous scene jumps.

One of the strongest aspects of the film is the exploration of the friendship between Xavier and Magneto. Xavier helps Magneto realize his true potential in his control of metal, and despite their different personalities, they work well together. Yet it’s clear to viewers their friendship is doomed because of their oil-and-water ideologies. The original movies gave the impression that Xavier and Magneto had been friends for many years, not for the short period of time suggested by First Class.

As for the primary villain, Sebastian Shaw easily has one of the most impressive and dangerous powers. But he seems content spending most of the film lounging around in tuxedos and summer whites in extravagant rooms sipping champagne. Shaw is somewhat flat and generically evil for a villain and for most of the film it seems as though he is on autopilot. If he were a bit more self-motivated, Shaw could have easily achieved world domination in minutes.

The most fascinating aspect of the film is seeing how old characters are interpreted and re-imagined. Xavier is believable as an easy-going, arrogant, and naively optimistic young man who is fond of the word “groovy” — unfortunately, the use of that word is one of the only hints that the film is set in the ’60s. Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) inner conflict and insecurity over her blue, scaly mutant form and Magneto’s confidence and adamant opposition to “hiding” help explain their future relationship.

Fassbender steals the show as a young Magneto. Charismatic, athletic and reminiscent of James Bond, he is absolutely mesmerizing. He is a conflicted, well-rounded character and contains the seeds of wisdom his older self possesses in the original films. He is haunted by his childhood experience in a concentration camp during the Holocaust and is consumed by the need to protect mutants from a similar fate as well as the desire for revenge. He even spends an early part of the movie hunting down former Nazis.

In fact, First Class would have been better off had it solely concerned itself with Magneto’s personal journey and experiences. Instead, the Cuban Missile Crisis comes to the forefront of the film during the climatic battle, and it is exasperatingly needless. Anyone who has opened a U.S. history book and paid attention knows how the Cuban Missile Crisis ended, and since First Class is not a creation of Quentin Tarantino’s personal brand of history rewriting (see Inglourious Basterds), the Cuban Missile Crisis is a silly and predictable plot device.

Another one of the film’s major flaws is the musical score by Henry Pryce Jackman. Despite his work on numerous films, in First Class he comes off as an amateur with a personal grudge against subtlety. The music is often loud, overdramatic and it overpowers whatever is happening in the scene instead of letting the story speak for itself.

It’s hard to be overly harsh in critcizing First Class. It is what it is — a summer action popcorn flick. It could have been something great,but ends up being not bad. The possibility of a sequel is intriguing; there is plenty of room for improvement and First Class has just enough of a solid foundation for the writers and director to build upon successfully. Though the film failed to capture any genuine essence of the ’60s, suffered from a bombastic, distracting musical score, subpar dialogue and bad historical backdrop, it’s paced well, contains a host of mutants with interesting powers and has just enough awesome Fassbender scenes to make it worth seeing in theaters.
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Review – X-Men: First Class
June 7, 2011

I’m sure by now you read most of the reviews for X-Men: First Class, and they’re all good. Well guess what, they’re all right. Matthew Vaughn has successfully breathed life back into Marvel’s X-Men movie franchise.

First of all I have to say that I’m not one of the X-Men: The Last Stand haters. Yes it was deeply flawed, with too many characters, Scott Summer’s “death” and the wasted potential of using the Phoenix force. However, Famke Janssen looked great as she flicked from Jean Grey to Dark Phoenix and the scene between her and Xavier was brilliant. Brett Ratner was accused of taking the heart out of the series and yet in the final moments between Phoenix and Hugh Jackman’s, I couldn’t help but feel emotional as he killed Jean.

Matthew Vaughn has continued to deride The Last Stand, and perhaps he feels justified in doing so, as First Class delivers so much more than the previous installment.

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.

With the film taking place during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the franchise continues to ground itself in our world, giving it a true feeling of realism – despite the blue and yellow costumes making their appearance. Surprisingly not looking too camp even though set in the sixties.

I loved the fact that the opening, featuring a young Erik Lensherr being separated from his parents, was shot scene for scene from Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie. Kevin Bacon plays the evil Nazi scientist role really menacingly, without going overboard, as he does Sebastian Shaw. Seeing the Hellfire Club set in swinging 60s Las Vegas was a real hoot, along with Rose Byrne’s Moira MacTaggert and the other totties strutting in their underwear. The whole thing smacked of early James Bond with the tiniest touch of Austin Powers – groovy baby!

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy scenes together are just brilliant and adds to that great “friendship” we saw with portrayed by Ian McKellan and Patrick Steward in the previous X-Men trilogy. I love it that they play chess in a number of scenes together while debating their points of view on how to handle mutants and humans. Charles plays the role of mentor to the fledgling band of mutants, helping them develop and control their abilities, while Erik tries to teach them they’re now the evolved and dominant species. While Charles wants Raven to hide her true form from the world, Erik tells her to be proud of her true self, slowly seducing her to the dark side.

We have the emotion with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto as he searches for the man responsible for the death of his mother in the Nazi concentration camps. We have the heart, as Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, searches for other mutants to help mankind. There’s also some touching scenes between Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult).

However there are a few points I’d like to pick out which slightly disappointed me. Riptide (Álex González) and Azazel (Jason Flemyng) had no character development, they were just there to move the plot along and the same could be said for Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) and Havok (Lucas Till). I was also unhappy with the ending, as the divide between Charles and Erik happened too soon. I had hoped that we would’ve seen more of their great friendship develop, only to then pull apart over the course of two or three films.

There’s two funny cameos featuring Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn. Certainly made this nerd laugh!

Ultimately X-Men: First Class is an excellent origins movie which isn’t bogged down by striving to have all the background story. By concentrating mostly on Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, we’re treated to wonderful chemistry between the characters, as well as Fassbender and McAvoy. The story is well paced and at no point did I feel its 132 minutes running time. Bad points aside, Vaughn delivers a classy film with all the 1960s chic geek appeal it deserves.
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X-Men: First Class
Adolescent comic book installment is good, not X-cellent

Posted: June 8, 2011

By Will Noble - Staff Writer

Mad hatter. Michael Fassbender steals Kevin Bacon's helmet in X-Men: First Class.

'Tis the season of Marvel. With hype for Thor barely cooling down, it's the turn of X-Men: First Class to step up to the mark, in what is set to be a comic book-gorged summer. The fourth installment of mutant world-saving heroics keeps Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen out of the picture for a prequel bursting with teen angst, not to mention nuclear fission. Even so, it's not explosive to the point of greatness.

It's 1944 Poland, and a young Magneto - back then known simply as Erik Lehnsherr - is summoned by the Nazis, who have observed his special ability to control metal objects. When he fails to exhibit this on demand, his mother is shot dead by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a figure on whom Lehnsherr becomes fixated for extracting revenge.

Jump forward 18 years, and Lehnsherr (now Michael Fassbender, who gives the movie's most intense performance) is still after his man, setting out on a country-hopping Kill Bill-esque spree. Meanwhile, mutation expert and telepathic Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has been drafted by the CIA and soon realizes that Shaw is a mutant himself, now hell-bent on provoking World War III. Winning Lehnsherr's friendship, Xavier begins headhunting the world's mutants (the young, good-looking ones, anyway) to quash Shaw's plans for all-out nuclear war.

Bacon's villainous head honcho falls a little flat. Yes, his vision of a nuclear-wracked world where only mutants thrive does have Nazi undertones, but his menace is enfeebled by a predictably smarmy "I wouldn't do that if I were you" persona, and his sporting of a ludicrous helmet, which he wears to protect his thought waves. Faring much better as an X-Men adversary is his right-hand woman, Emma Frost (January Jones), an icy temptress with the ability not only to read minds, but also to transform her skin into diamond (every girl's twisted fantasy?).
X-Men: First Class
***
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence

X-Men: First Class' Cold War setting, replete with old clips of JFK speeches, presents the movie's producers with the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate the franchise, which they do with a brazenly attractive bunch of newbies. The fresh recruits look more like a Simon Cowell pop outfit than a bunch of ostracized "freaks."

Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence plays the insecure Raven (who, in un-morphed form, looks like an extra from Avatar), and, this being somewhat of a teen drama, the necessary schmaltz is provided by her and boy genius McCoy (Nicholas Hoult). That is, until McCoy comes up with a serum to "fix" her appearance (way to go, Romeo). Joined by the likes of surly Havoc (Lucas Till) and winged-lap dancer Angel (Zoe Kravitz), the good-looking bunch bum around in a kind of CIA frat house, and you do begin to question whether they're actually going to get off their behinds and do something.

Fortunately, the time comes when the whippersnappers are called to action. As Shaw plays the United States and Russia off one another (and, by the way, loving the Dr. Strangelove war room), Xavier takes the gang to his country retreat, where a "believe in yourself" montage has them harness their superpowers (this includes a poignant moment where Xavier imbues Lehnsherr with the energy to move a giant radar dish).

Thus commences the real fun, and what we've all been waiting for: The X-Men snap into action, as do the special-effects guys, with a chaotic nuclear face-off at sea. Superpowers are tested to the max, missiles comically halt mid-air, and there's a stunning shot of a submarine lifted clean out of the water. Shame we didn't have more of this earlier on.

Lehnsherr also gets his chance to finish off his foe, a scene from which most tension is unfortunately absent, as we already know which path he's chosen.

With Super 8, Captain America: The First Avenger and Green Lantern waiting in the wings, X-Men: First Class is unlikely to be the essential summer blockbuster. But if comic books are your bag, you won't want to miss out. And if you do watch it, you'll probably agree that a brief glint of nostalgia remains the movie's highlight: a cameo from a chap by the name of Wolverine.
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Review: X-Men First Class
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– June 7, 2011Posted in: action, Adaptation, drama, Fantasy, Reviews, Sci-Fi
McAvoy and Fassbender convincingly weave new histories into an existing franchise.

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Directed by: 1 June 2011 UK / 3 June 2011 US
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

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She said:

X-Men First Class is a film I was interested in seeing, but yet not as enthralled by the prospect as I have been about Thor and the upcoming Captain America. I am a big fan of origin films – I love the history behind characters and I think that X-men First Class did the job just nicely. In fact one of my favourite things was how closely the prequel linked into the first film in regards to flashback.

X-Men is about a group of people, and despite this film particularly focusing on the relationship between Xavier and Erik, the ensemble cast should have been better represented in the trailer. I think that the trailer failing to show more of the other characters and how they intertwine into the story was one of the reasons I wasn’t itching to see the film. In the actual movie I thought this was done really well, mainly down to the great acting by the cast… well… forgetting January Jones who seemed to just stand around not wearing much.

I really enjoyed the story presented in the film, but didn’t understand the motivations behind Kevin Bacon’s character. I feel this could have been developed more; that there was a big chunk of history that got cut out of the final edit. However overall the film was well-paced with a good cross between light-comedy, action and drama with some fantastic special effects thrown in… well… forgetting Beast’s mouth which seemed to look like plastic surgery gone awry.

Overall I really enjoyed this film. As a nerd however my issue is with continuity, but then again it probably made more sense than Wolverine did in comparison to the original X-Men trilogy. But that is a whole other review. I give this film {{{4 out of 5}}}

He said:

In a year flooded with reboots, remakes and sequels it shouldn’t come as too much a surprise that one of the summers most anticipated blockbusters is an amalgamation of all three. X-men First Class is Fox’s attempt at breathing life into a franchise that they very nearly buried with The Last Stand in 2006.

Giving credit where credit is due there is a ridiculous amount of fantastic actors in this film. McAvoy and Fassbender stand out (as it is primarily their origin story) as well as Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/ Mystique, who give the film an unexpected warmth and depth. Bacon is superb in the roll of Shaw adeptly balancing the calm collected demeanour of an angry man with a dangerous agenda.

In my opinion McAvoy has done the near impossible, much like Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in 2009′s Star Trek reboot, McAvoy has convinced us that he is Charles Xavier, no small task as the role was previously portrayed by fan favorite and Star Trek alumi Sir Patrick Stewart.

This is a fun film that new and old fans will enjoy, there are a few minor details that detracted from my over all enjoyment but try as I might I can’t think of a way to discuss them without risking spoiling elements of the film. Despite my reservations I did enjoy this film and give it {{{3.5 out of 5}}}

They said:

McAvoy and Fassbender shine among an all star cast, expertly weaving new histories into an existing franchise. We give this film {{{7.5 out of 10}}}
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Film Reviews 2011: X-Men: First Class
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Ben R Nicholson
– June 7, 2011
The X-Men films started out surprisingly well and then went horribly wrong. Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film saw him learning the ropes of the superhero movie whilst still staying true...

The X-Men films started out surprisingly well and then went horribly wrong. Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film saw him learning the ropes of the superhero movie whilst still staying true to the characters, in X2 he ramped up the action a little and produced a really good comic book movie. when it came to X3, he was tempted away by the Man of Steel and Fox ploughed ahead with the third film in the trilogy drafting in Brett Ratner to complete the story. Unfortunately, X-Men: The Last Stand undid all of the good work that Singer had done. When, a few years ago, Fox announced plans for a series of X-Men spin-off prequels (one for Wolverine, one for Magneto) it was hardly like the fans were clamouring for more. Personally, I was intrigued by the prospect of X-Men Origins: Wolverine given it’s period setting, the attachment of Tsotsi director Gavin Hood and the inclusion of one of my favourite Marvel characters, Deadpool. Alas, it is hard to decide whether this of X3 was worse.

And so, the thought of X-Men: First Class was not particularly appealing. Then Bryan Singer was mooted to be back on board (he produces) and a rather impressive cast was compiled (boasting Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt and Jason Flemyng) and the creators of Kick-Ass in the hotseat. Was this to be another case of excitement and the inevitable let down? Not really. X-Men: First Class is a long way from being a great movie, but if shifting the films back toward the place that Singer had them at was the goal then this is certainly heading the franchise back in the right direction.

The beginning sees a young Charles Xavier, seemingly comfortable with his powers, meet a young Raven Darkholme (Mystique) in his parents Westchester mansion, whilst a young Erik Lensherr suffers in exploring his mutation at the hands of sadistic German doctor (an impressively creepy Kevin Bacon) in a concentration camp. Years later in the early 60s, Erik (now played by Michael Fassbender) is on the trail of the doctor seeking revenge as we see him globetrotting in the style of a mutant James Bond (it’s easy to see why people fancy Fassbender for the super spy when Daniel Craig hangs up his Martini glass) taking revenge on Nazis whilst pursuing his ultimate goal to kill Bacon’s doctor. Meanwhile a young Xavier (James McAvoy) is graduating from Oxford and chatting up graduate students with a neat little speech on mutation. He is then hired by the CIA, and in particular Rose Byrne’s Moira McTaggart, to help them find a mutant named Sebastien Shaw (Bacon) and his mutant cronies. This early stuff is totally engaging and seeing Magneto wrenching the filling out of a corrupt Nazi banker’s mouth is one of the most wince inducing things I’ve sen at the cinema in a while. The film is slick, it’s cool, it’s funny and it’s tense (see the scene in the bar with Nazi officers). Even once Erik and Charles have finally met this does continue in fits and starts with the groovy 60s mutant recruitment montage introducing us to Darwin, Angel, Havok and Banshee) and another Bond style raid on a Russian mansion, but ultimately, once it goes proper X-Men it loses a lot of what made the beginning so good. There are few nice moments for the fans, the first look at Cerebro, the introduction of Magneto’s helmet, a couple of fun cameos, but these things aren’t enough to stop the rest of the film feeling inferior to it’s opening.

There are plots holes left right and centre (how for instance would Hank’s formula cure his physical mutation and not affect his abilities?), lots of characters whose actions seem unmotivated or haphazard (Raven seems to be love with half the male cast at once), many characters who could just as easily have been left out (January Jones’ blank Emma Frost and the two goons Azazel and Riptide all felt essentially pointless) and the CGI feels ropey on a number of occasions. Hank McCoy is played very well by Nicholas Hoult but when he becomes Beast I lost my belief in him, the youngsters seemed to master their mutations in seconds flat and the films final big action sequence just didn’t really work for me or have me gripped.

The relationship between Charles and Erik however was done well and although Fassbender acted McAvoy off the screen (though he did have a lot more to sink his teeth into) there are some truly touching moments, such as when Charles helps Erik channel his ability at the mansion and also in the final moments after the films climax. You can easily see the sequel coming and I would hope that they can improve on this outing with that, although the fact that Erik will not be going rogue-007 for the first half an hour is a shame. Despite it’s flourishes, the fact that it tails of so dramatically after the opening 45 minutes means that it’s the third best X-Men film for me and hopefully they can get back towards the heights of X2 in the coming installments. It’s certainly a massive improvement on the last two X-Offerings though.

My Score: 6.5/10
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FILM REVIEW – X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (12A)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 13:44

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Lucas Till, Oliver Platt

Running Time: 2hrs 5mins

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn pulled out of directing the third X-Men film – which left the trilogy ending on something of a whimper – but now the British director is back in the saddle to add his class to this rebooted prequel.

And the experience gained by Vaughn in movies like Kick-Ass and Stardust solidifies his position as one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming helmers by providing the perfect blend of intrigue and action in this superhero flick that encompasses the fledgling years of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The 1962 pre-Kennedy assassination backdrop, retreading of the Xavier/Lehnsherr relationship touched on in previous films, and the lack of the A-listed Wolverine – even though Hugh Jackman’s character does appear in a hilarious cameo – may not sound like everyone’s cup-of-tea, but this is one of Marvel’s best.

This is primarily helped by the taut, humour-laced, script particularly well delivered by messrs McAvoy, Fassbender and Kevin Bacon – whose kinetic-energy absorbing bad guy Sebastian Shaw is the main villain of the piece trying to spark World War III between the US and Russia to help mutants rule.

Fanboys will love the nods to previous X-Men films as Vaughn effortlessly blends in younger versions of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Skins’ Nicholas Hoult) – along with new characters like Cyclops’ brother Havoc (Lucas Till) and Shaw’s sexy sidekick siren Emma Frost (January Jones).

For the most part this is a compelling slow-burner – more akin to the style of Nolan’s Batman than say, Favreau’s Iron Man – but it does lose a bit of impetus (and could probably have fifteen minutes shaved off the run-time) in the dialogue-light final third, which prevents it from being, erm… first class.

But with Vaughn, McAvoy and co in this form, this is at least the equal of X2 as a franchise best – as this oozes X-Factor from nearly every pore.

School’s out for summer . . .

Gavin Miller

ESP Rating: 4/5
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