Monday, June 20, 2011

X-Men: First Class (2011)

After the disaster of X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox brings the X-Men franchise back on the right track.

In the 1962, the world doesn't know that mutants, human beings with particular powers, exist. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), a CIA agent, investigates on a conspiracy from the Hellfire Club. This secret society led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a former Nazi scientist who leads a group of mutants, wants to turn the USA and the USSR against each other in a Third World War.

MacTaggert seeks the help of Charles Xavier (James MacAvoy), a mutant who can read people's mind or control it. Xavier also asks his sister Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), a shape shifter, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), a mutant who can control metal and create magnetic fields, and other mutants to join the fight against the Hellfire Club. Unfortunately, Xavier and Lensherr will become enemies.

Although this film, which is supposed to reboot the X-Men movie franchise, it recycles an old material: the rivalry between Xavier and Lensherr. Given its simplicity, one might find the story somehow thin, because it's only at the end of the film that Erik Lensherr finally develops his abhorrence for human beings. Most of the time, the film focuses on Xavier's team being in a hurry to stop the threat to world peace. Nonetheless, the film's story slowly and marvellously shows, with few action scenes, the failed attempt by Xavier to convince Lensherr that peace can be achieved.

Besides, given that this film is a reboot of the X-Men franchise, its story paves the way for interesting upcoming adventures. For a summer film, X-Men: First Class is also quite entertaining.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:USA (2011)
Length:132 minutes
Ashley Miller, Zack Stenz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer
Director:Matthew Vaughn
Starring:James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Rose Byrne

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