New In Theater Review: X-Men: First Class

In the new X-Men film, the story takes us back to the beginning. Back to when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto/Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) first discover that they are different from normal humans, and have mutant powers. The two of them meet up when Charles stops Erik from trying to seek his revenge against another mutant named Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who is bent on starting a war between the USA and Russia. Along with a C.I.A. agent named Moira (Rose Byrne), Charles and Erik start to locate other mutants in an attempt to put together a team of mutants to stop Sebastian and his mutant team, the Hellfire Club, before Sebastian can start a nuclear war between the two countries. In the process of trying to stop Sebastian’s diabolical plans, Charles and Erik come to a disagreement about how the world will come to treat the fact that there are mutants in existence. This riff between the two will be the start of the eternal war between Charles’s X-Men, and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants.

Of all the comic book super hero groups, the X-Men have always been my favorite. I loved all of the previous three movies about the group as well as the origin story of Wolverine. When I learned of this movie coming out, giving the back ground story of how it all started, I was very excited. That excitement went to disappointment when I saw that they had decided to come up with their own idea of who would be in the first group of X-Men. Needless to say, fans of the comic, like myself were also mad about this choice. The only member in this movie, who was really in the original group from the comics, was the Beast/Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult). The character of Havoc/Alex Summers (Lucas Till), although they did keep the fact that he is Cyclops/Scott Summers brother, although that is not mentioned, was never in the group. He did make appearances throughout the history of the comic, but why put him as a founding member. The same can be said with the rest of the character choices. One thing you never want to do is change the storyline of comic books. You will always get a backlash from true fans of that comic, bashing your movie. There were a lot of other discrepancies, but I’ll leave well enough alone.

As far as the action and the story of the movie, both were pretty good. The special effects were just as good as the original movies. The actors who played Charles and Erik, had real good screen chemistry, and were fun to watch as they put together this group of mutants. A pleasant surprise was the cameo of Hugh Jackman in the film. I didn’t expect that, and it was one of the funnier scenes in the movie. The movie moved fast, and there weren’t any boring parts. Even though I was a little upset about how they changed the members of the original group, I do have to say that this movie was very entertaining. I gave this movie3 mutants out of 4. Although it was entertaining, the fact that the characters were changed took away from the enjoyment of a real fan.

The movie runs 2 hours and 11mins. It was rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image. The film was written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, and Jamie Ross, from source material by Jeff Parker. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie was produced by Donners Company, Marvel Studios, and Bad Hat Harry Productions. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

“I’m a Mutant and I’m Proud” – Ezo
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