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on January 4, 2016
Okay movie.
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on January 22, 2012
This movie is interesting. I enjoy the look into Magneto and Professor X's past. I found some flaws with this movie in conjunction with some of the other Xmen series. But this movie is a much needed improvement from Xmen 3 and Wolverine.
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on December 3, 2013
It was an ok movie. Not the greatest of them all. A little confusing with the Professors character, but it told the story of the x-men when they were younger.
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on October 20, 2011
it gave you a look into how all the characters came to be which was interesting, it was funny when Hugh Jackman had a cameo roll in it
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on July 30, 2014
I liked it and will put it with the other X men movies. I do watch them more than once.....
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on December 3, 2014
C'est surement pas le meilleur de la série, mais je suis un fan fini de la série.
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No Nightcrawler. No Storm. No Cyclops. No Rogue. No Gambit. And there's a noticeable lack of dignified old men like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Yes, this is not the X-Men you're used to. "X-Men: First Class" goes back to the 1960s to tell the origin stories of both the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, as well as their charismatic leaders Professor X and Magneto. The story itself is a puff piece used to introduce the characters, but the performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are absolutely spellbinding.

In the 1960s, a CIA sting operation discovers that the the cruel Sebastien Shaw (Kevin Bacon) (who is working with the Russians) also has a small group of superpowered mutants who can teleport, read minds, and so on. And the existence of mutants is proven to the government by mind-reading telepath Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and his foster sister Raven (Jennifer Lawrence).

With Shaw planning to spark off a nuclear war between Russia and the US, Xavier begins gathering his own group of mutants -- including Erik Lensherr, a Holocaust survivor who is hell-bent on killing Shaw. The mutants begin training themselves so they can use their abilities to the fullest, but they may not be a match for Shaw... and even worse, Erik might be.

"X-Men: First Class" as a pretty fluffy main plot, since its main purpose is to bring Erik and Charles together as best buddies... only to have them splinter off in two very different directions. Yes, there's a lot of stuff about the Cuban missile crisis and impending nuclear doom, but it feels like it's just a backdrop for the REAL drama.

But it is a pretty fun popcorn movie, though not as powerful as the first two X-Men movies. There are some very striking moments (the FLYING SUBMARINE! Epic!), and some pretty impressive action scenes. However, director Matthew Vaughn really underplays some important scenes (such as Beast's transformation), and he really beats you over the head with the gay parallels of the mutants ("You didn't ask").

As for the cast, the villains are pretty lackluster. Bacon gives a good performance, but he feels strangely out of place, as if he doesn't quite click into the story. And January Jones -- aka "sparkly Christmas ornament with breasts" -- gives a performance like garden tools scraping through a chalkboard. She is so annoying that she actually infects any scene she's in.

But on the flipside, the protagonists are AMAZING. McAvoy and Fassbender are absolutely brilliant as two very similar men -- charismatic, intelligent, strong-willed -- who become fast friends, but are divided by their different views of human nature. Both actors really explore the bond between their characters, but you can see their differing beliefs slowly infecting it.

As for the younger X-Men, they range from excellent (the adorable Nicholas Hoult) to horribly flat (Zoë Kravitz), but the one that disappointed me the most was Lawrence as the young Mystique. She's not bad, but she doesn't show the conflicted feelings and pain that she needed to.

"X-Men: First Class" has a rather lightweight plot and some sketchy casting, but is saved by the presence of McAvoy and Fassbender. A fun watch for fans of the X-Men.
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on September 15, 2011 of wine in her hand..Quit whining..."You can't always get what you want".It is what it is..They try hard to entertain you, If you think you can do better then go to film making school, then call and tell me about how wonderful your new movie is.!..and you can spring for the popcorn.!
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