I finally got around to watching X-Men: First Class this past weekend. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews in regards to this movie, some even calling it the best X-Men movie to date.
The movie stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence as Professor Xavier, Magneto, and Mystique respectively, and Kevin Bacon as the protagonist, Sebastian Shaw.
This movie uses the Cuban Missile Crisis as grounds for the formation of the X-Men. Xavier and Magneto are discovered by the CIA and used to recruit other mutants to form a team that be able to prevent the Crisis, which they vaguely know is being subtly manipulated behind the scenes by Shaw. The X-Men single-handedly defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis, then the Americans and Russians alike both turn on them, leading to Magneto’s turn against the humans.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, although I don’t know if I agree it is the best X-Men movie made to date. I enjoyed them all equally. The movie does a great job in showing how the X-Men were formed, why Magneto wants to go to war against the humans, and how Cerebro came to be.
The acting in this movie is very well done, though the only actor I’d heard of in the movie was Kevin Bacon. I didn’t even know he was in this movie until he appeared on the screen. Watching Kevin Bacon play a villain was a little odd, but he did well enough.
The special effects in this movie, like all the others, is top-notch. Everything in this movie looked realistic and believable.
There were some comical moments in the movie as well, such as when Eric and Charles found and attempted to recruit Wolverine. I won’t give it away, but it’s hilarious.
Overall, X-Men: First Class is another strong entry into this franchise. I highly recommend it, two thumbs up, or whatever your pleasure, this is a fun movie to watch.