132 min - Action | Adventure | Drama -
3 June 2011 (USA)
In 1962, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz(screenplay)
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
On the other hand you have the secondary characters; the mutants who were first chosen. With mindless montages, quick petty story-telling and fast-paced love interests that never lead anywhere, except Mystique's love triangle with Charles and Eric. Sebastian Shaw is an Arch-Enemy. His power is one of the best ever created my Marvel and yet his final scenes are a bit weak. The last half of the movie teeters between Shaw and his acolytes started World War 3 and the conflict between Professor X and Magneto with protecting the mutants or letting them reign free over the humans as the dominant creatures.
This film is entertaining. The lead roles are solid but the minor characters are weak and Beast's prosthetics are cringe-worthy. Fan-boys will love the interactions of characters seen in cannon comics on screen but will hate how Professor X looses the ability to walk, because originally it didn't happen the way the movie pans out. All in all the film is a good edition to the X-Men series but doesn't exceed them. As an homage to Wolverine his cameo in the film makes the viewers feel comfortable, even if Logan never remembered them thanks to an Adamantium bullet to the forehead.
X-Men First Class gets a 3/5 stars.