X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn (2011)

12 Certificate


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.


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

Charles Xavier James McAvoy
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr/Magneto Michael Fassbender
Raven/Mystique Jennifer Lawrence
Sebastian Shaw Kevin Bacon
Moira MacTaggert Rose Byrne
Emma Frost January Jones
Henry McCoy/Beast Nicholas Hoult
Azazel Jason Flemyng
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