X-Men First Class was essentialy an attempt to further develop the characters Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) while trying to showcase a few new X-Men. Seeing a bit of their childhood and a lot of their early adulthood allows the viewers to find answers to the questions many fans had about Magneto and Professor Xavier’s relationship. You get a real sense of why the constant struggle between Magneto and Professor Xavier persists through the many films while still keeping mutual respect. In addition to the two stars you get to see some more new X-Men that many loved from the comics: Emma Frost (January Jones), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till) and Banshee.
Many of the fight scenes are great, but how hard could that really be when you have mutants like Magneto and Professor Xavier as the centerfold? As I watched First Class I developed a sense of companionship with Magneto and a new respect for both his powers and his “mutants and humans cannot coexist” mindset. While there was some very good comic relief ( a surprise appearance by Wolverine being my favorite ) the movie was about action and telling a good informative story.
The X-Men movie franchise needed a face-lift and First Class did the job. A compelling story told in such a way that even though you knew the ending it still kept you on the edge of your seat. A must see for comic fans and a film that would please most critics.
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