Cert: 12 A Runtime: 132 mins Director: Matthew Vaughan Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Nicholas Holt
Xavier: Listen to me very carefully, my friend: Killing will not bring you peace.
Lensherr: Peace was never an option.
Matthew Vaughan is back with another superhero adventure, the Kick Ass director has brought the origins of Professor X and Magneto to the big screen with X-Men: First Class.The film follows Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) in there early ambitious days of their partnership. We meet each of them briefly as children, Charles growing up privileged in Westchester and taking in a fellow mutant girl Raven, a.k.a. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Erik suffering in a Polish concentration camp, where we meet Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) a Nazi doctor who forces Erik to show his powers by killing his mother.We then jump a few years to the 60’s where the USA are in the middle of the cold war versus the USSR. We then meet Shaw again with Emma Frost (January Jones) in Las Vegas. Where they bring powerful men to the Hellfire Club. This is where Shaw manipulates powerful government officials to place missiles in Turkey, Shaw’s real intention is to start a global nuclear war and make the mutants the superior race. Strait-laced Charles has teamed up with the CIA to avert this disaster, while feral and angry Erik hunts Shaw alone for far more personal reasons; despite their reservations Erik and Charles agree to team up, recruiting any other mutants they can find and building the only army capable of stopping Shaw.
I’m guessing made you wanting more. X-Men: First Class is a very good platform for a sequel. It has moments where your just mesmerized to see how things develop, but also has very slow sections which does make the film a bit boring. McAvoy and Fassbender are the undeniable center of X-Men: First Class, the push-pull relationship between Charles’s logic and Erik’s paranoia boiled down to a friendship between two men who know they need each other. It helps to have seen this relationship crumble into fierce rivalry, as played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men films, but Fassbender and McAvoy so fully inhabit their characters that you don’t really need it; you get what they see in each other, just as you get that this relationship can never hold. My other highlight from the film is Nicholas Holt who plays Hank McCoy aka The Beast, it’s very new type of work for Holt but I believe Vaughan cast a good man for this project. The Beast is one of the key members of the X-Men trough out the saga, and I can see Holt developing the character as the next two films go by. The only negative to the film is that Kevin Bacon has the worst German accent I have ever heard ( I only know this as my better half is German herself). This is certainly the kickoff of a new franchise, and lugs around a story more sprawling than it needed to be, X-Men: First Class feels spry and self-contained, a blast of colorful and passionate enthusiasm with just enough weight to matter. What a Class act.