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X-Men: First Class

2011



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 Written by
Matthew Vaughn Writer
Jane Goldman Writer
Ashley Edward Miller Writer
Zack Stentz Writer

 Directed by
Matthew Vaughn



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 Release Date
June 1, 2011

 Runtime
2 hours and 12 minutes (132 minutes)

 Cast
James McAvoy
  Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender
  Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
  Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Kevin Bacon
  Sebastian Shaw / Black Bishop
Rose Byrne
  Moira MacTaggert
Nicholas Hoult
  Hank McCoy / Beast
January Jones
  Emma Frost / White Queen
Jason Flemyng
  Azazel
Lucas Till
  Alex Summers / Havok
Caleb Landry Jones
  Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Zoë Kravitz
  Angel Salvadore / Tempest
Oliver Platt
  Man in Black Suit
Edi Gathegi
  Armando Muñoz / Darwin
Álex González
  Janos Quested / Riptide
Matt Craven
  CIA Director McCone
Rade Šerbedžija
  Russian General
Glenn Morshower
  Colonel Hendry
Michael Ironside
  Captain
Morgan Lily
  Young Raven (10 yrs)
Laurence Belcher
  Charles Xavier (12 Years)
Beth Goddard
  Mrs. Xavier
Bill Milner
  Young Erik
Don Creech
  William Stryker
Demetri Goritsas
  Levene
James Remar
  US General
Ray Wise
  Secretary of State
Brendan Fehr
  Communications Officer
Hugh Jackman
  Logan / Wolverine (Uncredited)
Rebecca Romijn
  Mystique - older
David Agranov
  Soviet NCO
Neil Fingleton
  Russian General's Bodyguard
Corey Johnson
  Chief Warden
Annabelle Wallis
  Co-Ed
Éva Magyar
  Edie Lensherr
Tony Curran
  Man In Black Suit Agent
Randall Batinkoff
  Man In Black Suit Agent
Arthur Darbinyan
  Aral Sea Captain
Georg Nikoloff
  Mr. Lensherr (Erik's Dad)
James Faulkner
  Swiss Bank Manager
Ludger Pistor
  1st German / Pig Farmer
Wilfried Hochholdinger
  2nd German / Tailor
David Crow
  Weasley Agent


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GeekMasher

A very good movie!
I'm not a massive comic book reader/fan and when I watched the first couple of the X-men movies I always wondered how it all begin and this movie do it justice! The actors where great (there no Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen), Kevin Bacon played the baddie very well and was well suited for it and it was graphically impressive.
Loved to see the development of the characters over the duration of the film.
In all, I think it was a excellent movie.


Travis Bell

I didn't love this movie. There were aspects about it from the perspective of an origin story that were interesting but something about the pacing and acting just felt… off. I can't quite put my finger on it but the first word that comes to mind is "campy". Kind of like I was watching one of the last three Star Wars movies. The dialog and overall tone just weren't serious enough.

The trailer for [X-Men: Days of Future Past](https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/127585-x-men-days-of-future-past) looks better and Bryan Singer is back at the helm. The best X-Men movies are without a doubt 1 & 2 so here's hoping he can steer this back a bit.


DoryDarko

On IMDb, X-Men: First Class has garnered the highest rating of all films in the X-Men franchise so far. Given the fact that this film features only a few of the familiar characters of the previous films, portrayed by different, younger actors, and the complete absence of Wolverine, the (current) rating of 8.1 somewhat surprised me. That was before I had seen it...

Being a pretty big X-Men fan myself, I was excited to see this, regardless of plot or characters. However, I was also a little wary of what to expect, for the reasons stated above. I suspect that anybody reading this might feel the same way. But rest assured, any doubts were quickly dispelled no later than the opening scene. First Class starts off very well, with the exact same opening scene as the first X-Men, featuring a young Erik Lehnsherr being separated from his parents in a Nazi concentration camp. What follows after this familiar story is something completely new and particularly dark and brutal. I won't give away any important plot lines, but suffice it to say there won't be a single person left wondering why Magneto is so resentful of "normal" people. This event also sets the tone for the rest of the film, and, to a great extent, explains why First Class is such a success: this film is all about character. Whereas all the other films were mostly about cool superheroes and special effects, First Class is all about character development and the history of those who would later become Professor X and Magneto. This concept might have failed big time if it wasn't for the superb screenplay. I take my hat off to whoever managed to incorporate every little, but crucial, character and storyline and made it flow together so beautifully. Literally everything comes together in this film, everything you might have wondered (why is Xavier paralyzed?) is given a credible and fitting explanation.

Another real strength of FC is its cast. Everybody in this film is right where they should be. Kevin Bacon is the perfect villain (but we already knew that…), James McAvoy not only looks, but sounds and moves like the young Charles Xavier would. Jennifer Lawrence is a convincing, young (and believe it or not, insecure) Mystique. All other characters are perfectly cast as well, humans and mutants alike. However, I feel that most credit is due to Michael Fassbender, an actor I am now ashamed to say I had never even heard of before. The way he portrays the 30-something Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto is stunning. His entire physique, down to every little twitch in his face, truly captivates all the pain and agony Erik has had to endure throughout his life. It makes you sympathize with Magneto and understand why he is the way he is. Whereas the "old" Magneto was little more than a bitter old man who despised Homo sapiens for undisclosed reasons (with no discredit to Ian McKellen intended here), Michael Fassbender does something I thought was almost impossible in a superhero flick: he gives Magneto a soul.

In case I might have given the impression that X-Men: First Class is no more than some wishy-washy character drama, don't worry. There are plenty of awesome action sequences and special effects to keep the more adrenaline-pumped movie-goer satisfied. And before I forget: there are two small, but awesome cameo appearances which I know you will enjoy…

Finally, a small note on parental guidance: I was absolutely baffled to see that half of the audience consisted of parents with small children. Like I said before, this is not just another cool superhero movie. X-Men: First Class features elements which are quite dark and graphic, and especially the scenes portraying Nazi brutality are not intended for a young audience. Personally, I would say 14 is the appropriate minimum age.

With all that said, I would recommend this film to anyone, even to those of you who aren't X-Men fans. It doesn't happen very often that I can't find a single flaw in a film, but I guess this is just one of those rare cases. Great directing, great acting, great everything. Period.
_(July 2011)_



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