X-Men: First Class

Rated PG-13 (MPAA) 131 min. 2011

The fifth X-Men movie is a fresh start for the franchise, and not just because it’s a prequel set in the JFK era. From the early introductions of the cocky but good-hearted scientist Charles Xavier (James MacAvoy) and the vengeful Holocaust survivor Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), it’s clear that this is the rare comic-book movie where acting and character development trump fight scenes and explosions. The two leads are riveting---Fassbender especially---as men with different motivations for assembling a group of super-powered youngsters that ends up testing its abilities in the Cuban Missile Crisis, battling Russians, Americans and rogue mutants determined to start World War III. The MacAvoy-Fassbender duet, the mutant-as-minority allegory and the historical context of the action make this the best X yet. –Matt Semansky

Film Credits

Official Site: www.x-menfirstclassmovie.com

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writer: Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

Producer: Gregory Goodman and Simon Kinberg

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon


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