X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn (2011)

126min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Answering all questions about the early relationship between Professor Xavier (the superb James McAvoy) and Magneto (a top-notch Michael Fassbender) and the origins of their mutant factions, Kick-Ass co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn's prequel is a terrific reboot of the arguably moribund Marvel series. Beginning in Nazi Germany and ending with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, this grandiose globetrotting fantasy boasts plentiful action spectacle and effective character-based drama set in an age of civil unrest and Cold War paranoia. As the Hellfire Club leader bent on world domination, Kevin Bacon makes for a great villain, who first unites then divides the nicely defined assortment of mutants. Vaughn's fresh superhero vision makes imaginative use of collective expectations as to where a comic-book movie should go, and then doesn't go there - it's as much a tweaked Bond espionage thriller as a nuanced social and political commentary on the well-evoked period.

Summary

Telepathic mutant Charles Xavier forms the first generation of the superhero team in the 1960s. Their battle with a Nazi war criminal manipulating the world toward nuclear war gradually drives a wedge between Xavier and his ally Magneto, leading them to become deadly enemies. Superhero adventure prequel, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Cast & Crew

Professor Charles Xavier James McAvoy
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Michael Fassbender
Sebastian Shaw / Dr Schmidt Kevin Bacon
Dr Moira MacTaggert Rose Byrne
Emma Frost January Jones
Man in black Oliver Platt
Raven Darkholme / Mystique Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Hank McCoy / Beast Nicholas Hoult
Angel Salvadore / Wings Zoë Kravitz
Azazel Jason Flemyng
Alex Summers / Havok Lucas Till
Sean Cassidy / Banshee Caleb Landry Jones
Logan / Wolverine Hugh Jackman
Raven / Mystique as an adult Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Young Erik Lehnsherr Bill Milner
US Secretary of State Ray Wise
Janos Quested / Riptide Alex González
Armando Muñoz / Darwin Edi Gathegi
Mrs Xavier Beth Goddard
Chief warden Corey Johnson
Colonel Hendry Glenn Morshower
CIA Director McCone Matt Craven
US general James Remar
Russian general Rade Serbedzija
Swiss bank manager James Faulkner
Captain Michael Ironside
XO Jason Beghe
Co-Ed Annabelle Wallis
Director Matthew Vaughn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 May 2011
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