X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. 3.0 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
X-Men: First Class

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Certificate 12A
Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Matthew Vaugn
Cast Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Jennifer Lawrence James McAvoy
Studio Fox UK
Release Date June 2011
Running Time 127 mins
 

X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

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Reviews

The Times

Kate Muir

I’m not a great fan of the early X-Men movies, but this prequel — co-written by Jane Goldman, of Kick-Ass fame — throws off the lazy plotting and characterisation to appeal to the child and retro-sophisticate in all of us ... And there are fascinating issues beneath the comic antics: questions of racism, mutation, genetic meddling and the slippery crossing from good to evil.

03/06/2011

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Total Film

Rosie Fletcher

It's intelligent and emotionally resonant, explosive and eye-dazzling. Factor in a zeitgeisty, hot-list cast and First Class is likely to be one of the summer's best biggies.

25/05/2011

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Variety

Justin Chang

... Smart, stylish ...

29/05/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

Written by Mr. Vaughn with a clutch of others, the new movie is lighter in tone and look than its predecessors, and appreciably less self-serious than those directed by Bryan Singer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it also feels less personal, though Mr. Vaughn gets satisfying performances and copious tears, along with sex appeal, from his leading men.

02/06/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

As redundant as it may be, the film stands out from the prequel crowd by being set in the early 1960s and having so much fun with its period setting ... Eventually, X-Men: First Class goes the way of all superhero films, and the groovy espionage is buried under an avalanche of unconvincing computer-generated action. But before that it marries a shrewd sense of humour with sharper-than-usual handling of the mutants-as-persecuted-minority theme.

05/06/2011

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Empire Magazine

Dan Jolin

Vaughn and Goldman prove a suitably bad influence on the franchise. This is easily the most brutal X-Men movie yet, pushing the rating to Dark Knight levels with some pretty raw violence ... It is so single-mindedly plot-driven that it whips along at too brisk a pace, rushing through scenes to an end point which feels too neat, too wrapped up, too contrived for a story which still has at least 40 years to go before we get to X-Men. It’s here that you really catch the scent of compromise ...

11/06/2011

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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

All of this earlier part of the film, in which the young mutants discover each other and learn to control their powers, is engaging and amusing, smartly filmed and scripted. The second half, however, outstays its welcome.

03/06/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

The effects are pretty. The chief villain is good (Kevin Bacon as a mutant ex-Nazi). But the script needed more work to persuade us it is a coherent action-adventure rather than a collage of camped-up, sometimes cockamamie, cold war moments. 

02/06/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Matthew Vaughn’s attempt to revive the franchise is the fifth and best of the lot ... Though geeks are going to love it, this superhero film moves more slowly than any comic-strip movie ought to, and takes itself so seriously that it becomes, paradoxically, a bit ridiculous.

03/06/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

I felt like screaming: “Shut up, you whiney freaks!” I’m a good liberal — honest — who values tolerance and diversity, but to sit through an X-Men film is to be bitch-slapped by liberal piety and platitudes ... The end result is a competent but uninspired film. It’s never so dull that it drags, and never so good that it delights.

05/06/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Helped in no small measure by a great cast and a scriptwriting team that includes his Kick-Ass collaborator Jane Goldman, he [Matthew Vaughn] delivers a stylish, often violent, mostly entertaining prequel that never outstays its two hours-plus duration and suggests that there may be some life in the franchise yet.

02/06/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

As with the previous ‘X-Men’ films, the many mutants look like they serve no purpose other than to be pretty punching bags for the film’s climactic scuffle. You wish as much time was spent on drawing together the disperate elements and devising a ripping yarn than was spent concocting the shiver-inducing final death scene, which – props to Vaughn – really is one for the ages.

09/06/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

... baggy and chaotic and over-long, but watchable, often enjoyably bizarre, and with the occasional flash of cold steel. These flashes come from the formidable Michael Fassbender, as the young Magneto.

02/06/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

James McAvoy plays Professor X, rather smarmily, but Michael Fassbender is good value ... it's OK. A pity, all the same, that promising young actors such as Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Nicholas Hoult have been burdened with silly characters and even sillier make-up.

03/06/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

The latest edition of the sprawling action-comic-fantasy epic takes us back to the future with moments of greatness. But those flashes of amazing are fleeting, ultimately undone by a frustrating mire of multiple plots, overreaching special effects, leaden ancillary players and world-ending military standoffs that have all the tension of a water balloon fight.

03/06/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It's as absurd a piece of alternative history as Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but much less fun. It's overly reliant on special effects to hold the audience's attention and far too solemn in its moralising about social conformity and prejudice.

05/06/2011

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