XMen First Class

Marvel’s second feature film this summer after Thor is XMen First Class.  A prequel to the XMen Trilogy that was given to us in the 2000s.  This takes pieces from the first film and expands to show how Erik and Charles become friends.  The movie also introduces some new mutants to us in Havoc, Angel Salvadore, Darwin, Banshee, Azazel, Riptide and Sebastian Shaw.  Also the introduction to the connection between Charles and Moria McTaggert.  The movie from the get go I thought was all action and great character development.  You were immediately immersed in to Erik’s world as a young boy in a concentration camp, and also into how Charles first used his powers and his maturity with them.  Along those lines Matthew Vaughn takes you back to the world events of the 1960s with the Cold War and Cuba Missile Crisis.  You can see the influence and hatred that Erik has for Shaw, along with the way that Erik thinks and views the World of Humans and Mutants and how Charles views the world.  Beast is shown as a young man here, and Mystique as a young child.  We learn how Beast gets his blue fur and becomes the Beast, and Mystique’s view of how she is mistreated by her blue skin.  Kevin Bacon was an excellent villain and you get great performances from James McAvoy (Charles) and Michael Fassbender(Erik).  You also see a few cameos too, not to ruin the scene but there is a scene with our favorite Wolverine.  You see a few cameos too, not to ruin the scene but there is a scene with our favorite Wolverine. 

This is by far the best movie I’ve seen in the XMEN series.  I was literally on the edge of my seat.  It is the front runner for my summer movie awards and I’m guessing is going to be the winner for a few awards.  It’s in a tie for the 3rd best SuperHero movie ive seen with Iron Man and behind Spiderman 2 and The Dark Knight.

This is a great movie!  Go see it! 

4/5 Stars easy.

Now some issues I have with the Xmen series or movies.  This may contain some spoilers so read at your own risk.  This movie ties well with the original series, but if you are an XMen fan, this is not Charles first class.  His first class is Beast, IceMan, Cyclops, Angel and Jean Grey.  Not this kids but yea you needed to go backwards.  There are some character issues in this movie and XMen Origins:Wolverine.  In Origins Charles has the use of his legs, we see in this movie that he doesn’t at the end of the movie.  Moria in this movie is a CIA agent, at the end of the 3rd XMEN movie and in the comics she is a Doctor.  Emma Frost is in XMen Origins:Wolverine as a child in the 70s/80s but she’s a grown women in the 60s?  I did like this carnation of her better than in Origins.  So there are my few character questions.  

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