X-Men: First Class: Movie Review

“Mutant and proud” – I am not sure if this is the movie’s catchphrase, but this was the line that struck me the most while watching “X-Men: First Class”. As the title implies, the movie showcases the initial X-men affiliation. You will see Professor Xavier and Magneto when they were still “brothers-in-arms”, way before Xavier had his X-Men Team going against Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil. Read on to find out the full-written review of “X-Men: First Class” after the jump.

The movie revolved around the story of two mutants, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Eric Lensherr (Michael Fassbender). Charles led a somewhat normal life, graduating college and was able to blend in with the “humans” even with his telepathic abilities. Eric on the hand was abused by the Germans when they found out that he had a superhuman capability (which was of course manipulating metallic objects). He vowed revenge against Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), the antagonist in the movie, who was also a mutant that killed Eric’s mother just to bring out his power.

Sebastian and Charles Xavier shared the same thought that mutants are the next evolution of the human species and that they shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Mutant and proud – while Charles thought that they could co-exist with the rest of the world, Sebastian thought otherwise. Sebastian Shaw believed that eradication of the non-mutants is the next step. While he was assembling his team; the debut of Emma Frost (a telepath with the ability to change her skin to diamond), Azazel (the father of Nightcrawler) and Riptide (who has the ability to create whirlwinds), Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr, with the help of the CIA recruited the first class of X-Men. Notable names if you are a fan of the series and the comics are the changeling Mystique (yes, she is still not a villain at this point), the screaming Banshee, Hank McCoy (more commonly known as the Beast) and Havoc (Cyclops’ brother and a personal favorite of mine ever since I was a kid.) To complete the nostalgic feeling, the movie showed the X-Mansion, the X-Jet and the X-Men’s first ever costume.

The fight scenes were epic employing outstanding special effects. And even though it might not be as big as the war seen in “X-Men: The Last Stand”, it was just right to showcase everyone’s powers and abilities. There were also cameos of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and I think Captain America was there, or maybe I was just over thinking it.

I can give you the whole story blow-by-blow but that would be an understatement. Yes, I might be a little biased because I’m a geek at heart, but hey, even non-comic enthusiasts liked the movie as well. “X-Men: First Class” had great pacing, wonderful action sequences, an interesting plot and hidden gems that will make any geek jump for joy. It has everything you would expect from a superhero movie and more. This is a definite must-watch for comic book fanatics and those who are just looking for an awesomely good time.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

This was a guest review by Miko Medina. Miko is currently a multimedia project manager in one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines. He is also the owner of Eagle's Nest (http://www.eaglesnesticafe.com), a network gaming shop in Banawe.
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