X-Men: First Class (2011) Movie Review

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2011 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
131 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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X-Men: First Class Review


In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

X-Men: First Class (2011) is a British-American science-fiction action adventure superhero film that was based on Marvel Comics X-Men characters. X-Men: First Class is the 5th installment in the X-Men film series, and it is also a prequel and a soft-reboot of the franchise. The movie had an estimated budget of $140–160 million and grossed over $353.6 million at the box office making it the seventh highest-grossing in the X-Men series. Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Stardust (2007)) outdid himself with his stylish direction by maintaining an impressively strong focus on the storyline and dramatic power. The movie was filmed in Villa La Angostura, Neuquen, Argentina; Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA; Hatley Castle, Royal Roads, Colwood, British Columbia, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA and in several location in England, UK. The movie contains no nudity but several scenes with females wearing lingerie and one scene where a female is sitting on a male’s lap while he is groping her. There are extreme violence, suspense, tension, thrills, adventure and action scenes.

X-Men: First Class is mostly set in during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and revolves around Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr/Magneto and how their groups originated. The two groups are the X-Men by Xavier and the Brotherhood of Mutants by Erik/Magneto. Magneto and Xavier do not have time to battle each other in this film because they have to team up temporarily to battle Sebastian Shaw and his Hellfire Club whose main mission is world domination. The movie starts in Poland in 1944 by introducing us to a German concentration camp where N*zi scientists saw young Erik Lehnsherr using his mind to bend a metal gate after he was separated from his mother. Magneto/Erik power grew tremendously after the N*zi killed his mother when he could not make a coin moved on the desk.

In 1944, Young Charles Xavier, who can use telepathy, met the young shapeshifter Raven who has naturally blue scaly skin but can become whoever or whatever she wants. Xavier was beyond happy to meet someone who has special powers and invited Raven to live with him as his foster sister in his Westchester County mansion in New York. Skip forward to 1962 - Xavier graduates from the University of Oxford while Erik is in pursuit of Schmidt/Shaw. Xavier saves Erik from drowning while he was battling Shaw resulting in Shaw escaping. Will Magneto and Xavier be able to save the world from Shaw, who wants to start World War III by killing everyone except the mutants?

I applaud the team for bringing us a strong script with a multilayered theme that did an ingenious job by not straying away from the ultimate story. The director did a fabulous job by picking an excellent cast/actors that gave powerful performances. John Dykstra excelled with the visual effects design which he imaginatively integrated into the movie smoothly. With all said, X-Men: First Class was an audacious, confident film that was remarkably coherent and received my full attention throughout the movie because it was filled with youthful energy that sparks excitement.

About X-Men: First Class 2011

Title: X-Men: First Class
Original Title: X-Men: First Class, X-Men: First Class
AKA: X: First Class
Year: 2011
Runtime: 131 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Michael Ironside, Ray Wise, Hugh Jackman, James Remar, Glenn Morshower, Kevin Bacon, Lucas Till, Tony Curran, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Lasco Atkins, Michael Fassbender, Corey Johnson, James McAvoy, Zoë Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Jason Flemyng, Jennifer Lawrence, Annabelle Wallis, Rebecca Romijn, Brendan Fehr, James Faulkner, Jason Beghe, Teresa Mahoney, Matthew Skomo, Jim Meskimen, Edi Gathegi, Rade Serbedzija, Matt Craven, Morgan Lily
Writers: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, Bret Blevins, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Arnold Drake, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Jim Mooney, Grant Morrison, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr., Werner Roth, Roy Thomas, Alex Toth, Herb Trimpe, Ethan Van Sciver, Len Wein
Director: Matthew Vaughn