X-Men - First Class 2011

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(334) IMDb 7.8/10
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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 arch enemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.

Starring:
James McAvoy, January Jones
Runtime:
2 hours 11 minutes

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X-Men - First Class

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Matthew Vaughn
Starring James McAvoy, January Jones
Supporting actors Rose Byrne, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, ZoŽ Kravitz, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JB on 8 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The problem with the X-men is that there are lots of them and each one needs their origin story for the benfit of those people that have never read the comics. This eats into the run time and makes the story drag... First Class does an abmirable job of multiple origin stories whilst maintaining the pace of its narative, bu concentrating on the two people that matter Charles Xavier (Prof. X) and Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto).

The two leads, McAvory's Prof. X and Fassbenders Magneto, have great chemistry and make believable friends despite the obvious divide between them. The supporting cast does well with their limited screen time; Jennifer Lawrences Mystique and Celeb Jones' Banshee being the standouts with January Jones Emma Frost being the low point (seriously this woman cannot act). The rest of the cast give decent performances but this is McAvory and Fassbenders show.

Fassbender in particular does an outstanding job of putting humanity into his 'bad guy' origin; his chooses and his eventual 'fall' all make sense for him. Though he does go from sceptical supporter of Xaviors ideal to out and out opponent far too quickly.

The film maintins a good pace and has some excellent set pieces, easily lifting it above the pretty decent first two films and way, way above the appalling Last Stand and Wolverine calamities
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw the movie at the cinema on the first day of release and was blown away, the DVD although very light on extras, just a few extended scenes, is superb.
Forget about the Marvel comics history and any time-line inconsistencies with the other X-Men movies and just enjoy it for what it is, a valiant attempt to knit together an original version of the birth of the X-men and what drove Charles and Erik apart set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis.
It ties in well with several elements from the first movie, the concentration camp scenes and the fact that Charles and Erik were once close friends but to its credit it delves into the past of other major characters especially Mystique and Beast but also Banshee, Havok and not forgetting Emma Frost and Moira MacTaggert.
Kevin Bacon is well cast as Sebastian shaw, no Hellfire Club but a credible background story of an attempt to kickstart nuclear war in order to create mutations, the children of the atom. I won't grumble at the lack of others from the club as most of Emma Frost's appearances are quite memorable.
Not all the new to the screen mutant characters work but most fit into the movie fairly well.
There's lots of nods towards the X-universe with brief appearances by Cyclops and Storm as well as noteable cameos by Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn.
Not sure where the X-Men franchise will go from here but the way the movie pans out means that there is plenty of scope for a sequel with the emergence of a new Brotherhood.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Continuing on from X-Men Origins: Wolverine [DVD] in telling the back story of how characters in the X-Men [DVD] [2000] got to the point where they were at the start of that one, it's now time for the story of everyone who isn't Wolverine.

We thus start with the concentration camp scene from the beginning of x men, but played from a different angle. As a nazi who has a slightly different bunch of eugenics theories to his comrades takes an interest in the abilities of young eric.

Meantime in a big house in america young charles xavier and a young girl both find that they're not as alone in life as they thought.

Flash forward to the 1960s and a hirsute charles is on the verge of a professorship, thanks to his theories about evolution. Telepathy comes in very handy when youre trying to chat up the ladies.

Eric is all grown up and on mission to get revenge on those who did for his parents.

CIA agent Moira Mctaggart, a lone lady agent amongst men who think women should stay in the typing pool, is fighting hard to do her job and be taken seriously.

A certain nazi hasn't gone away. And has his own plans for the future of the planet.

And the Russians aren't taking kindly to nato putting missles into turkey.

A missile crisis is upon us. With hidden forces pulling strings behind the scenes, it might be up to charles and his band of special people to save the day. But not everyone may agree on the way to do that. Or think that humanity is worth saving.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
I grow ever-more weary of sequels, prequels and reboots and therefore approached this film with a certain amount of trepidation. I should've known that, with the involvement of the likes of Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Bryan Singer, we are in safe hands.

Here we are shown the story of how mutants are first revealed to the world and how Professor X and Magneto go from being strangers, to friends, to enemies. These events are set against the background of the Cold War and, more specifically, the Cuban Missile Crisis, making for some excellent James Bond homages (albeit with a mutant twist).

In the original X-Men trilogy, for all the popularity of Wolverine, it was the interplay between Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen's Erik Lehnsherr that was the strongest element. Immeasurably powerful enemies dedicated to their opposing philosophies, and yet somehow still friends. So, for all the shiny new mutants introduced, it was always going to be the portrayal of these two iconic characters which would make or break 'X-Men: First Class'. Amazingly (almost impossibly), James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender do an admirable job of stepping into the younger shoes of two acting greats and every moment between Professor X and Magneto is a joy to behold.

For all the X-fans out there, we're also treated to a host of familiar faces including Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Havoc and Emma Frost. This film also features what may be the greatest character cameo of all time, when Charles and Erik meet Logan (I challenge you not to laugh).

Overall, an immensely enjoyable movie, with some great performances. If nothing else, you can be amused by the fact that very early on the lovely Rose Byrne is made to run around in lingerie for no real plot-based reason!
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