X-Men First Class: Movie Review

Jun 6, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Lorie Lewis Ham, Movies

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

One of the reasons I loved the first X-Men movies was because I love Patrick Stewart, so I wasn’t certain how I would feel about this prequel showing a much younger Charles Xavier played by Scottish actor James McAvoy. But the trailers looked interesting so I decided to give it a try as I am a huge fan of super hero movies.

After seeing X-Men First Class the first thing I have to say is wow! I LOVED it! The casting of Michael Fassbender as Magneto was perfect and I have to admit I really liked McAvoy as well. Their chemistry as friends was great and it always intrigues me to see how friendships that close can unravel into enemies—it’s the main reason I watched Smallville.

First Class tells the story of how Professor X and Magneto/Erik met and became best friends, part of their background, and how the X-Men got their start. It also explains a lot about Erik’s character and the horrible past that made him the villain he becomes.

Charles Xavier starts a school in 1962 for humans with superhuman abilities. They then become a team that helps stop World War III and save the human race; I liked how they intertwined real life historical events into the story such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kevin Bacon makes a believable over the top creepy villain and I like all of the young super humans. How the brother/sister type relationship between Xavier and Raven / Mystique came to be was also interesting to see. Raven is played by the talented actress from Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence.

This is a great movie. Not only is it a very interesting plot with a great cast and a nice touch of wit (watch for the bald jokes), but it’s full of action and suspense as well. I may now be spoiled for other super hero movies because this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I want to go back and watch the older X-Men movies so I can see how it all fits together. There was also a very fun cameo!

If you love super hero movies, or even just action movies with a great plot, don’t miss X-Men First Class! You can enjoy this even if you haven’t seen the other movies.

X-Men First Class is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

1 Comment

  1. Saw it over the weekend and loved it. I am NOT a fan of superhero action movies but this one had enough of an emotional pull to keep my interest. I will always pick a good romantic comedy over an action flick but i am glad I saw this one.


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