X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy) DVD|
When Bryan Singer brought Marvel's X-Men to the big screen, Magneto and Professor X were elder statesmen, but Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) travels back in time to present an origin story--and an alternate version of history. While Charles Xavier (Laurence Belcher) grows up privileged in New York, Erik Lehnsherr (Bill Milner) grows up underprivileged in Poland. As children, the mind-reading Charles finds a friend in the shape-shifting Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Erik finds an enemy in Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), an energy-absorbing Nazi scientist who treats the metal-bending lad like a lab rat. By 1962, Charles (James McAvoy) has become a swaggering genetics professor and Erik (Michael Fassbender, McAvoy's Band of Brothers costar) has become a brooding agent of revenge. CIA agent Moira (Rose Byrne) brings the two together to work for Division X. With the help of MIB (Oliver Platt) and Hank (A Single Man's Nicholas Hoult), they seek out other mutants, while fending off Shaw and Emma Frost (Mad Men's January Jones), who try to recruit them for more nefarious ends, leading to a showdown in Cuba between the United States and the Soviet Union, the good and bad mutants, and Charles and Erik, whose goals have begun to diverge. Throughout, Vaughn crisscrosses the globe, piles on the visual effects, and juices the action with a rousing score, but it's the actors who make the biggest impression as McAvoy and Fassbender prove themselves worthy successors to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. The movie comes alive whenever they take centre stage, and dies a little when they don't. For the most part, though, Vaughn does right by playing up the James Bond parallels and acknowledging the debt to producer Bryan Singer through a couple of clever cameos. --Kathleen C. Fennessyfrom£3.99 | RRP:
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Average Rating for X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy) - 5 out of 5
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X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy)Ginette K
I was expecting another film like all those that had gone before, action packed, and this film did not disappoint. Add to that it also gave you a back history about Professor x, Magneto and Mystique. All information that only the most true die hard fans of the franchise would know. Never this less it was informative to those new to the films. Starting in 1944 we meet Erik (Magneto), Charles (Professor X) and Raven (Mystique) and saw us go through to the 60's. From differing beginnings these characters develop in to the characters we know today but not even I knew that Mystique had once been like a sister to Charles.
However the tenative friendship was not to last and it saw Charles on a different side to that of his once sister (Mystique) and once friend Erik(Magneto). Their differing opinions in regards to other mutants and their place with humans soon saw the battle lines being drawn. Magneto waging war on humans. Recruiting mutants to start a war. While Professor X recruited Mutants to help fight Magneto and to teach them how to use there powers.
Add to this you see a fleeting glance of Wolverine a long ttime before he joined the X-men. You meet Hank McCoy before he became the beast. You get to see how Professor X came to be in a wheel chair and you also see why Magneto is the way he is.
Starting the film during the war in 1944 I was thinking it was going to be boring and tediously slow to develop but all it did was set out the characters before taking you on a rollcoaster ride through their lives.
A True must for any X-Men fan or even for those who like a look of action.
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