Two young men with supernatural abilities help each other hunt down a dangerous group seeking to cause World War 3 despite their opposing goals.
X-Men First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn, stands out as one of the better X-Men films under Twentieth Century Fox’s belt. Though certain things may not align with their comic book counterparts nor maintain consistency with previous X-Men films, from a storytelling perspective, Fox did a fairly well job in showing us just how the X-Men we know and love came to be. In this film we dive into the origin stories of the beloved characters Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Erik Lensherr, aka Magneto, (Michael Fassbender). The films begins by juxtaposing the polar opposite lives of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr. The audience is shown how Charles grew up in a mansion with well-educated and wealthy parents, while Erik Lensherr was an unfortunate soul trapped within a concentration camp during the Nazi rule of Europe. Additionally, Charles’ intelligence becomes abundantly clear when it is revealed that at a young age he is already aware of his mutant abilities and mentions so upon meeting a young Raven (Morgan Lily) who had broken into the mansion to steal food. Despite being 12 years old, Charles is incredibly calm about the whole situation and proceeds to state that Raven will never go hungry or be alone again and takes her in as a sister figure. While other 12 year old boys fight about who is eating whose lunch and trying to avoid cooties; Charles is adopting people. Meanwhile, in another part of the world in a concentration camp Erik is taken away from his family. During this traumatic event he then discovers his mutant abilities while Nazi bigwigs witness it. Afterwards, he is then taken into a Nazi doctor’s office where he is forced into a situation where he must display his powers or his mother dies right in front of him. Unfortunately, she does. Erik then unleashes his power killing the two guards that brought in his mother, crumpling all the metal in the office, and essentially destroys everything in the office except for the doctor that killed his mother. Fast-forward a few years to the early 60s where a telepathic Oxford student with his changeling sister by his side go to bars for fun and metal manipulating man is on the hunt for all those who wronged him in the past. As they go about their lives the film does a fairly good job in implementing a bit of foreshadowing in the form of Charles’ thesis on mutation thereby establishing that Charles is an expert in said field. We are then introduced to CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) who is on a covert mission to gather intelligence on the protagonist of the story Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), who is also the guy that shot Erik’s mother and wasn’t killed in the office during Erik’s rage induced power discovery. After discovering that Shaw and his hellfire club are mutants she Moira realizes that she will need some assistance and seeks out an expert in the field which then leads her to Charles. During the celebration for his successful thesis presentation Charles decides to make his move and see if he can get lucky that night by somehow managing to turn a mini lecture on human mutation into a smooth and sensual pick up line that he uses on the undercover Moira. As a result she cuts him off and asks his help to stop plans regarding death and destruction. Fates intertwine and action ensues as Charles joins a CIA mission to capture Shaw on his boat. During the mission, Erik is stealthily making his way closer to Shaw so that he may finally obtain the revenge that he has long sought after. Upon finding Shaw, Erik reveals himself to him. Tension builds as Erik expresses his hatred for Shaw. Shaw expresses indifference to Erik’s suffering. Erik makes his move, knife in hand, to obtain his long awaited revenge. And is easily stopped and overwhelmed by a telepathic diamond woman known as Emma Frost (January Jones). As Shaw and his group begin to make their escape, Erik, blinded by his thirst for vengeance, magnetically attaches himself to the submarine in an attempt to not let Shaw escape. Recognizing that Erik will drown should he continue Charles jumps in after Erik and convinces him to calm his mind. As the two of them float in the dark cold ocean water during the night when it is surely freezing cold they decide to introduce themselves. From that moment on Erik and Charles go about looking for other mutants with the assistance of the CIA and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hault), aka Beast. As they prepare for the upcoming conflict doubt arises as Shaw comes closer to achieving his goal despite Erik and Charles’ efforts to stop him. With so much at stake for human and mutant alike we are shown just why they are called Professor X and Magneto. Overall, the movie is definitely worth a watch for the sake of entertainment and rates a 7.9 in my book.
Release Date: June 3, 2011
Starring: James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard, Morgan Lily, Oliver Platt, Alex Gonzalez, Jason Fleming, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller
Rating: PG – 13
Runtime: 132 Minutes
Official Website: www.foxmovies.com/movies/x-men-first-class
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB Page: @X-MenFirstClass
Wiki Link: @X-MenFirstClass
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