X-Men: First Class (2011) – Movie Review

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"
Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"

In the pre World War II days, young Erik Lensherr is separated from his parents by Nazi guards. In rage, Lensherr’s mind bends a metal gate and scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) witnesses it and orders Lensherr to use his magnetism power to move a coin which he fails and Shaw shoots his mom — which triggers Lensherr’s superior magnetic power. A young Charles Xavier discovers and befriends a young shape-shifting mutant named Raven (who later on was nicknamed Mystique).

Back in the present day of 1962, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) continues his search for Shaw for revenge. While Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), an Oxford University graduate is publishing his thesis on mutation and lives with his foster sister, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). Meantime, Shaw and his mutant crony of Azazel (Jason Flemyng) a demon who looks like a hybrid of Darth Maul and Hellboy with the ability to teleport, Riptide (Álex González), a mutant who can create whirlwind and Emma Frost (January Jones), a telepath who can turn her body into diamond form causes havoc by forcing U.S. Army Colonel Hendry to install missiles in Turkey to trigger war with the Russians.

Under a desperate move to stop Shaw, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) reaches out to Xavier. Alas, as expected, a series of event after that brings Xavier, Lensherr and MacTaggert together. Xavier and Lensherr then join forces and rope in mutants from all over the world using Xavier telepathy power to locate them. They discover Beast, Angel, Havok, Darwin and Banshee. When Xavier and company discovers Shaw’s plan to trigger a World War III, they try to stop him at all cost.

Although the film has more story-telling by introducing the characters in a more elaborated manner, the film can be quite predictable given the fact the sequel of X-Men films were completed years ago. Despite that, expect surprises and differences since X-Men: First Class only follows the comic loosely leaving behind important characters like Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey.

However, do watch out for cameos from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn as the older Mystique.

X-Men: First Class should be aptly renamed to X-Men: Magneto instead as it centered around Magneto rather than the other characters. Whichever it is, it is anything but First Class.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Good popcorn movie. Watch it only if you’re an avid X-Men fan.
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