Movie Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

Being a big fan of the X-Men, I wasn't happy with the direction the film franchise had taken in the last five years. There was the big let down (X-Men: The Last Stand) and the big money maker (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and it seemed there was no saving grace in sight.

Until now.

X-Men: First Class put the franchise back on track and could be the best film in the franchise so far.

Set in the early 1960's, the movie takes a revisionist approach on how the X-Men started. In this universe, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) initially join forces with the US government to fight a common enemy in Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). As the learn to harness their respective powers, they also found the need to recruit mutants to help the CIA counter Shaw's mutant team.

Unlike the previous films, the focus here is the complex friendship of Charles and Erik. The government intrigue and mutant hysteria serve only as backdrop to the story of the two. Like The Dark Knight and Spider-Man, this film's appeal goes beyond the action.

X-Men: First Class is well-executed and will make people look forward to the next X-Men films.; a definite must-see!

Rating: 4.5/5