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5.0 out of 5 stars An appropriately-named First Class movie.
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...
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This was a much needed revamp in the X-Men series after the luke-warm but successful reception of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and the disappointing ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. It dispensed with the inclusion of dozens of mutants from the comics to please all die-hard fans and also removed the CGI heavy action and frantic story in way for a more...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An appropriately-named First Class movie., 8 Dec. 2011
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy) (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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars School for mutants, 27 Nov. 2011
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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.

This doesn't have as much exposition to get through as Wolverine did, although it does have to introduce a lot of characters and get them to a certain point. Plus be a good blockbuster at the same time. And throw in the usual moral debates about whether erik or charles has the best approach to the mutants v humanity situation.

It does all that it needs to do very well. James Mcavoy does command the screen very well as the young charles, making him a calm but commanding presence. And he plays off Michael Fassbender - barely suppressed anger throughout - superbly. All the claims that the latter might be a good james bond would, on the basis of this, appear to be justified.

A long film at 132 minutes but after a little while you will find it commanding your attention. If offers x men characters who both have and haven't been seen on the big screen before. And the final action set piece is one of those that does seem to go and on and yet in this case it doesn't feel stretched. It plays out exactly as it should. It also manages an excellent aerial combat scene that hardly has to resort to superimposiiton.

Kevin Bacon makes a superb villain. Some of the female characters don't quite make as much of an impact as most of the males. But that's the 1960's for you. It is also very good as a period piece. And the burgeoning attraction between shy science guy hank mccoy and mystique is delightfully and quite touchingly played.

There is one delightful surprise to be had about a third of the way through. You'll know what I mean when you see it.

But for once in a marvel movie there are no extra scene during or after the end credits.

Matthew Vaughn this finally gets to direct an x men movie. And he did a really good job.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

English audio descriptive.

It has a digital copy that can be downloaded to other media allowing you to watch it wherever you like. A short piece about this at the start of the disc can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

The only extras are five extended scenes. Four from the training moments in the middle of the movie and one character scene. All run a little over a minute each and can be watched on their own or all in a row.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The re-birth of the X-Men, 3 Nov. 2011
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I. R. Kerr (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy) (DVD)
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Origin stories have never been this good before, 8 April 2012
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional prequel (or reboot since it's inconsistent with what we see in the other films), 12 Dec. 2011
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Wildly entertaining "X-Men: First Class" works amazingly well as both a prequel to the trilogy (there are inconsistencies between this film and the third one but it's also been suggested by the makers of this that it is a reboot since Professor Xavier and Magneto are working together in the third film and Professor X can walk in the third film and "Wolverine")and on its own even if you haven't seen the other films. It's refreshing particularly after "X-Men: The Last Stand" which had some major dramatic flaws.

I'm going to skip the plot of the film because that's been well covered elsewhere except suffice to say that this is where Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender)first meet and try to stop Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon)a mutant determined to wipe out humanity.

Evidently "X-Men: First Class" doesn't play on all Blu-ray players (most notably some of the 3D players and Samsung)so be aware that until they develop firmware updates it will be a problem for some players. I'd suggest shutting off your BD Live if it is Playstation related as that sometimes will also slow down the loading of the BD.

The image quality for "X-Men: First Class" is top notch with a brilliant, sharp and colorful presentation.

The Blu-ray features a number of cool extras including "Cerebro: Mutant Tracker" allowing you to track your favorite mutants and see exclusive videos, profiles, etc.

"Children of the Atom" a multi-part documentary on the making of the film focusing on the origin of the story and the obvious James Bond influence on many sequences of the film. We also get deleted and extended scenes (some of which if director Matthew Vaughn had been allowed to add them back in would have worked quite well for home video)and an isolated score by composer Henry Jackman.

There's also an "X Marks the Spot" enhanced viewing mode allowing one of eight featurettes to pop up as you're watching the film.

The film also comes with BD-Live enabled content including exclusive "proof of concept" footage of the aerial dogfight between Angel and Banshee, a digital copy of the film for PC's. You can also access 10 free X-Men comics in digital format online but you do have to register with Marvel.com.

Over all "X-Men: First Class" is a top notch film with a heck of a lot of plot packed into it's 2 hour and 12 minute running time. Part of the success of the film certainly can be attributed to director Mathew Vaughn's (who, interestingly, was originally to direct "X Men: The Last Stand" after Bryan Singer departed but before Brett Ratner stepped in) unique take on the material as well as Bryan Singer's involvement again (and let's not forget the producers and the scriptwriters, the original comic book creators, etc.)with the series.

The film manages to be both entertaining while also having a conscience a rare thing in a big Hollywood production these days.

After "X2" this is the finest of the series of films.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'M MUTANT AND I'M PROUD,, 12 Sept. 2013
This review is from: X-Men: First Class [DVD] (DVD)
The movie gives you some quick backgrounds on 4 of the characters, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Raven / Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). The rest you have to guess at. And if you are like me, and have never read the comics, you are clueless and sit back and enjoy all the women in lingerie. It boils down to a good vs. evil scenario, which I can understand.

The good guys create a machine that will locate other mutants. Charles is able to cleverly locate all the mutants during a single music montage. Meanwhile Kevin Bacon wants to start an all out nuclear war so the radiation will kill all the humans and only leave the mutants. This is remake of the history of the Cuban missile crisis.

As always, great special effects. Background knowledge of the characters and other movies would be a plus, such as cameo by Hugh Jackman or Rebecca Romijn, but not necessary to enjoy the film.

The nuclear reactor controls on the submarine were totally bogus for any era. Favorite line: "I have been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again."

F-bomb (thanks Hugh for the F.O.) sexual situations and "Avatar" nudity. Excellent prequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie., 8 Oct. 2013
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As a fan of X-Men in comics and in the movies, I have to admit this is great. It's a little bit off in time lines, but unless that actually bothers you it's still fantastic. Good pacing, absolutely awesome music and scenes. Very touching where it should be, and the actors are wonderful. Would recommend to anyone, really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "X-Men: First Class" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc..., 19 Mar. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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A fantastically good reboot - "X-Men: First Class" is an obvious BLU RAY purchase as a stand-alone. But fans should note the following…

"X-Men", “X-Men 2: United", "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men: First Class" are all REGION A LOCKED BLU RAYS on their ‘American’ 20th Century Fox issues - so they won't play on our machines no matter how enticingly cheap they may be.

Best bet and value is the British (Region B) Box Set release of "X-Men And The Wolverine Adamantium Collection" which gathers up all 6 movies with of course copious amounts of extras and no playback problems...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Peace Was Never An Option", 7 Aug. 2014
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This was a much needed revamp in the X-Men series after the luke-warm but successful reception of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and the disappointing ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. It dispensed with the inclusion of dozens of mutants from the comics to please all die-hard fans and also removed the CGI heavy action and frantic story in way for a more well-paced, thought out and emotional story that plays out a REAL origin story of the two figureheads of the series: Professor X and Magneto.

With such a strong cast, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender embody the roles made famous by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in a way you really can understand they are the way they are when we meet them nearly 40 years later. Both actors show their dexterity in acting, from tapping into strong emotion and heartache but also warm friendship and humour as their relationship progresses and changes over the course of the film. A clever script and thought-provoking story make it all more relevant and gives them both something to really chew over in making their characters more than just cardboard copies of who they were, both actors create who they ARE in a wonderfully engaging way. And with great support from the wonderfully sly Kevin Bacon, the gorgeous January Jones and also ever likeable Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Holt fill the other important roles with great pathos and energy. Even our young mutant heroes in the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi and Caleb Laundry Jones are easy enough to like, even though are just token additions to add the action stakes. All characters seen are used to move the story forward, not just expendable and throw-away characters to please fans.

Special mention goes to a great and inspired cameo by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, something that is referred to once again in ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’.

The film can feel a little long, but only because so much of it is spent on character development and narrative progression which is crucial to what director Matthew Vaughn wants from his film, in which that is to flesh out characters and gives us the reasons why they became the characters we met back in the original ‘X-Men’ film.

It’s a very clever and well thought out film, referred to as a blockbuster with brains, which is something why many action-heavy, CGI popcorn blockbuster audiences were wary of this film; intelligence in a blockbuster is a rare thing, but it gives fans of the series a reason to have faith in the future of the films, especially with the positive reaction for ‘Days Of Future Past’ as it lays foundations to build and develop on from a world more realistic and relevant than seen before with a cast that are strong, dedicated and understanding of the roles they are in.

The CGI action towards the end is a little touch-and-go in places, but still well staged with lots of time for the goodies and baddies to shine with their powers which makes watching the X-Men so much fun. It’s a strong film with an obvious underlying message of faith, family and friendship played out, and it’s all the better for it as it starts to strong, you can’t wait to see where it continues and thankfully we don’t have long to find out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, but good., 7 Aug. 2014
This review is from: X-Men: First Class [DVD] (DVD)
Having loved the original X-Men trilogy (yes, even Last Stand) I've steered clear of the various prequels and spin-offs until now, fearing disappointment, but I've kept an eye on how things were going and decided finally to catch up with First Class on DVD.
First of all I have to say that it is indeed a thoroughly enjoyable film. Naturally MacAvoy and Fassbender are fantastic, and having not seen her in anything else I was pleasantly surprised by Lawrence's performance as Mystique. As a whole the story is good, the cast are good, the score is good... not a bad way to spend two hours of your time by any means.
However! I must admit to feeling rather frustrated... this film could have been SO much better. Actually I'd have preferred a whole film based around Fassbender's Magneto racing around the world bumping off Nazi's, but I guess we do need a little more than that. So, fair enough we get introduced to a small crowd of young new mutants, but overall this seemed a waste of time - they're there just to make up the numbers for the final action packed set piece and little else. Add then the Cuban Missile Crisis section and the Hank McCoy plot and you've got a fairly muddled middle section that lacks the depth it should have, and is still evident in the amazing chemistry between Magneto, Xavier and Mystique.
Another criticism I must make is in the period elements. Overall it's fine, but there are some points where the 60s setting feels a little forced. I quite like the idea of making it feel a little Bond like, particularly with Bacon's baddy Shaw, but at times it feels like a cheap novelty and that distracts from what is actually a very good film for the most part.
Ultimately then this is a great introduction to the characters that we know and love from the original trilogy, and for large parts it meets our expectations and works just fine as a comic-book based thriller, but must be marked down for trying to pack too much in and for missing the mark a bit on the retro stylings. Certainly looking forward to watching Days Of Future Past, and hoping that the potential shown here carries through to something better in the follow up.
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