Way back when the movie first came out last June, X-Men: First Class was the first movie I ever did a full review of. Naturally, being the first review I ever wrote online, I have never been quite satisfied with it. So, while going down the list of all the X-Men movies, I figured I right my wrongs and give this film a second look.
Chronologically speaking, First Class is the first X-Men movie. Taking place in the 1960s, the film follows Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the future Professor X and Magneto, as they are called upon by CIA agents Moira (Rose Byrne) and Oliver Platt to help thwart Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones) from starting World War III. They assemble a team that includes Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), Darwin (Edi Gathegi), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) and Angel (Zoe Kravitz) and go to take down Shaw.
|He gives the WORST hugs.|
Of course, the film wouldn't nearly be as good if it weren't for the stellar cast. McAvoy plays a great Xavier, being both very smart and very naive very well. Lawrence continues her great performances here. She makes you really feel for a character that didn't talk much in the original films. But this is Fassbender show to steal. He is so sympathetic and smooth-talking as Magneto that you'd seriously consider siding with him, if not completely siding with him.
|On the set of Kevin Bacon's new talk show,|
Cooking With Bacon.