Sunday, 5 June 2011

X-Men First Class (2011)



Director: Matthew Vaughn


Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, Alex Conzalez, Jason Flemyng, Zoe Kravitz, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Lucas Till, Glenn Morshower


This starts with two very different characters in Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Charles is a young scientist looking into genetic mutation, While Erik is out to get Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) the man who killed his mother and unleashed his power.


In the early sixties a young C.I.A agent Morra MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is investigating Colonel Hendry (Glenn Morshower) when she find the secret passage to Shaw's secret meeting place. Shaw is trying to get Hendry to put missiles in Turkey incase of war with the Russians. Shaw has a few assistants who have powers in Emma Frost (January Jones), Janos Quested (Alex Gonzalez) and Azazel (Jason Flemyng). Having little option Hendry agrees to the plan.


Morra tracks down Charles to help talk her bosses that these people are real. Using Charles and his only friend Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) they meet with William Stryker (an enemy for a later film) and a man only known as Man in Black Suit (Oliver Platt) who take up their offer to work together.


The first mission is to locate Shaw but they are not the only ones looking for Shaw this night Erik is on a mission of his own. Shaw escapes but Erik is now recruited by Charles. Going to their new base they meet Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) a genius who also has a mutation that he has hidden.


Charles is introduced to Cerebro the equipment that shows Charles where the mutant are hidden. Charles and Erik set off to find as many different mutants as they can. The ones they find are Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Darwin (Edi Gathegi), Angel (Zoe Kravitz) and Havok (Lucas Till).


Will this new team the X-Men be able to stop a potential nuclear war? How Did Erik and Charles friendship collapse?


When it comes to X-men films they were becoming plain with the Last Stand being quite poor. this new idea to show origins the characters is working well Wolverine proved that. First Class goes one better seeing how Charles and Erik become the figures they are in the first three films. Having cameos from later heroes and villains gives the future story an extra touch.


Some of the action sequences are simply brilliant. The fact all the new mutants are younger adults or children makes the idea that Professor Xavier teaches them to control the power or Magneto to unleash the powers adds to a real life prospective of being given guidance by a more experienced mutant.


Kevin Bacon does an excellent job as a mastermind of potential nuclear war while this is the first time i have thought James McAvoy has give a massively impressive performance. Michael Fassbender proves he is a rising star with another great performance as Magneto and having a character who never really shows which side he will be fighting for.


If your a fan of the characters in the films you will like this, as i have never read comics or seen cartoons i couldn't tell you how closely it follows those. This is one of the best superhero movies I have seen which makes two highly recommend this year.


My rating is 91%

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