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X-Men - First Class 2011

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, Laurence Belcher
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Matthew Vaughn
Starring James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher
Supporting actors Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard, Morgan Lily, Oliver Platt, Álex González, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Corey Johnson, Lucas Till, Demetri Goritsas
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.
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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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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.
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