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X-Men: First Class

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • 126 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure prequel to the popular superhero franchise, starring Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. In the years before they became adversaries, a young Magneto and Professor Xavier work together and recruit other mutants to prevent the villainous Sebastian Shaw from starting a third world war.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Professor Charles XavierJames McAvoy
Erik Lehnsherr / MagnetoMichael Fassbender
Sebastian Shaw / Dr SchmidtKevin Bacon
Dr Moira MacTaggertRose Byrne
Emma FrostJanuary Jones
Man in blackOliver Platt
Raven Darkholme / MystiqueJennifer Lawrence (2)
Hank McCoy / BeastNicholas Hoult
Angel Salvadore / WingsZoë Kravitz
AzazelJason Flemyng
Alex Summers / HavokLucas Till
Sean Cassidy / BansheeCaleb Landry Jones
Logan / WolverineHugh Jackman
Raven / Mystique as an adultRebecca Romijn-Stamos
Young Erik LehnsherrBill Milner
US Secretary of StateRay Wise
Janos Quested / RiptideAlex González
Armando Muñoz / DarwinEdi Gathegi
Mrs XavierBeth Goddard
Chief wardenCorey Johnson
Colonel HendryGlenn Morshower
CIA Director McConeMatt Craven
US generalJames Remar
Russian generalRade Serbedzija
Swiss bank managerJames Faulkner
CaptainMichael Ironside
XOJason Beghe
Co-EdAnnabelle Wallis

Crew

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DirectorMatthew Vaughn

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2011-05-27
Languages
English | German | Russian | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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