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X-Men: First Class

June 7, 2011

Charles Xavier: Listen closely my friend, killing Shaw will not bring you peace.
Erik Lehnsherr: Peace was never an option.

Going into X-Men: First Class I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was extremely excited to see a movie by Matthew Vaughn, who directed one of my favorite movies: Kick Ass. On the other hand, I was aware that this movie would have no Wolverine in it (except for a brief cameo), which I didn’t like. Trying to pretend I never saw the Wolverine movie, Hugh Jackman’s character has always been a favorite of mine, probably most memorable to me from his fight scene with the girl with claws in X2. Nevertheless, I didn’t expect this too be good, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is First Class an action extravaganza, it is also a rich political drama set during the cold war that I believe is the best X-Men movie of all time.

X-Men: First Class follows the early years of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) before they were enemies in a critical point of their lives. Erik is on a quest to find and kill his mother’s murderer Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Elsewhere, Professor Charles Xavier is studying what he is and if their are others. Most importantly these are all genetically powerful mutants. Erik and Charles were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known: Nuclear War.

To call this film a masterpiece is an understatement because X-Men: First Class is a phenomenal film with little to no flaws. I felt a whole “James Bond” feel throughout this movie, which basically means that it has everything that is in a Bond film except with superpowered mutants! I’m glad that they scrapped X-Men Origins: Magneto to make First Class because it’s more exciting being introduced to multiple new and old characters.

One aspect that I loved about this film was the younger mutants, who make the movie great with their awesome acting but most importantly we how they become the mutants they are. There are various scenes where we see them training with their powers, including a pivotal part in the film where we see Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) transforming into what he is later called Beast after he injects himself with a molecule increaser where we see him as his furry self. Now that’s what I’m talking about, just that scene alone was amazing along with everything else, but that one scene caused me to shout an out loud “YEAH” in the movie theater. Anyways, we learn a lot about Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and her past friendship with Charles and many others that I won’t get into detail about, but I feel like I must mention briefly that McAvoy and Fassbender were perfectly cast and gave great performances.

I guess the main thing that surprised me in this was how flawless it’s script and the directing was. Matthew Vaughn brings something interesting to the table every time, but this time he has really set the bar for summer movies because not only is this Vaughn’s best film to date, it’s also my second favorite superhero film ever (the first is The Dark Knight). I wasn’t really surprised I liked it after the success of Thor and how Captain America: The First Avenger is opening soon, Marvel is really starting to impress me with it’s top notch summer flicks. In conclusion: X-Men: First Class is a perfect masterpiece that is packed with great performances and effects.

Erik Lehnsherr: If you’re using half your concentration to look normal, then you’re only half paying attention to whatever else you’re doing. Just pointing out something that could save your life. You want society to accept you, but you can’t even accept yourself.

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