X-Men: First Class: Great Prequel to the X-Men Franchise

6 Sep

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is a prequel to the X-Men films.  It starts out in Poland in 1944.  Erik Lensherr is separated from his mother. He separates the gates and is taken in by a scientist, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who does experiments on him because he has special abilities.  When he is unable to show off his abilities, Shaw kills Erik’s mother in front of him.

Charles Xavier has an easier life. As a boy, he wakes up one night thinking there’s an intruder in the house. Instead, he finds a young girl named Raven who is trying to steal food because she’s hungry. Raven grows up with Charles as his sister.

Charles and Erik in X-Men: First Class

While Erik (Michael Fassbender) longs to kill Sebastian Shaw for what he did to him, Charles (James McAvoy) goes to college and becomes a professor. Maura,  a CIA agent meets with him to learn whether or not there are other mutants out there. Soon, Charles, Raven, and Erik create a team of mutants.  (Erik was saved by Charles when he (Erik) was attempting to go after Sebastian.)

I liked the montage of Charles and Erik meeting mutants to form their team. Later, when all the mutants are together, they show each other what their powers are.  Meanwhile, Sebastian and his cronies are trying to start a war between Russia and Cuba. (This is the real -life Cuban missile crisis of 1962.)  President Kennedy is shown multiple times talking about Russia and Cuba.

Scene from X-Men: First Class

There is a lot of action in X-Men: First Class. There is also some humor and romance.  Some people may have a problem with Sebastian Shaw not aging, but there was one line where he explained why he doesn’t age;  this did not bother me because I was paying attention and heard that line.  Also, in the beginning of the film, Sebastian Shaw was speaking with a German accent, but later he didn’t have the German accent.  There were a lot of subtitles in the film, specifically German and Russian. I don’t like reading subtitles much because I think they’re distracting.

Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr / Magneto in X-Men: First Class

I liked X-Men: First Class a lot. I thought the action, special effects, acting, etc. was well done.  X-Men: First Class is as good as the other X-Men movies.  I thought Sebastian Shaw was a good villain.  To me, Erik was a one-dimensional character. He seemed to only care about getting his revenge on Sebastian Shaw.  Plus, having seen the X-Men movies, I knew that he would turn into Magneto.

I had read that in the battle at the end of the film, Charles becomes paralyzed. Having read that, the surprise was kind of spoiled. I knew that eventually, he would be paralyzed, use a wheelchair, and become Professor X.  I would recommend X-Men: First Class to fans of the X-Men movies, fans of action movies, fans of superhero movies, and fans of the X-Men comic books.  Although, there were some flaws in this movie, I would give it a grade of A.


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