Now this is how comic book movies should be done. I was unimpressed by the Movie Trailer but impressed with the movie. From the trailer it looked like the movie was going to be aimed at tweens and not to an adult, over 18 crowd. Boy was I wrong and pleasantly surprised.
X-Men: First Class starts with reintroducing Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto, by wisely using the same clip from the original X-Men movie from 2000. We are also introduced to a young Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, and Mystique, who we find out meet as children in the home of Charles Xavier. Fast forward several years and we now see a college age Charles and Mystique and a slightly older Magneto, who is harden from years under Nazi torment from Sebastian Shaw, a new character played by Kevin Bacon. No longer under the control of the Nazi, Erik (Magneto) has sworn to kill Shaw for what he did to his mother.
We find that Erik has been traveling the world in search of Shaw when his paths cross with Charles and Mystique. Charles saves Erik from a failed attempt to kill Shaw and discovers that the two will need to work together when it’s revealed that Shaw it trying to start a Nuclear War between Russia and the United States. Charles, due to his special gifts, has teamed up with the US government to find Shaw and to find other Mutants to help them with their special gifts. Erik, still jaded from years under Nazi control, distrusts the government but agrees to help if it means revenge and killing Shaw. This leads to a friendship between Charles, Erik and Mystique and starts the introduction, or discovery, of other Mutants. Realizing that Shaw is a powerful Mutant, Charles is given “Cerebro”, a devise created by Hank McCoy (Beast) to enhance Charles power to find other Mutants. This leads to the discovery other mutants and a funny cameo from Wolverine. Concerned that the Government will use Cerebro to lock up mutants, the divide between Charles and Erik grows. In the end, Charles and Erik work together to try and stop Shaw which leads to an excellent battle screen, lots of Mutant powers and ultimately the beginning of Professor X vs. Magneto and the brotherhood.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It is a great start to a new franchise of X-Men movies and I sure many spin offs. Outside of a few timeline issues and some minor inconsistency with the other X-Men and Wolverine movies, this movie was a homerun. I strongly recommend seeing X-Men First Class at the movies; it’s definitely worth the ticket price. If you’re not a theater person, then it should be at the top of your rental list. Either way, this is a “sit back, get some popcorn and enjoy the mental escape” movie. PG-13 for langue, dark storyline and violence too much for kids under 13. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270798/