Excerpt: "'X-Men: First Class' is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you've been waiting for...Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.
Excerpt: In 1962, at the height of the Cold War, two men from different backgrounds pool their resources to bring attention to the plight of those with genetic mutations, some that give them extraordinary powers, others that make them look different. Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is an academic in genetic mutations, while Erik Lehnsherr (Mike Fassbender) is a Holocaust survivor bent on getting revenge against those responsible for his parents' death in the concentration...
Excerpt: It’s no secret that films based on comic books and graphic novels are a dime a dozen these days, but back in 2000 that wasn’t necessarily the case. I had the opportunity to see the original “X-Men” movie in Las Vegas while at the VSDA convention and, suffice it to say, we were all blown away.
Excerpt: Directed by Matthew Vaughn, he of Kick-Ass fame, and based on a script credited to a half dozen writers (!), X-Men: First Class begins during the Second World War where a Nazi scientist named Dr. Schmidt (Kevin Bacon) discovers that one of the Jewish children in the concentration camp he overseas, Erik Lensherr, has powerful mutant abilities – something made all the more obvious when Schmidt shoots dead Erik’s mother, sending him into the first of many uncontrollable...
Summary: Matthew Vaughn might appear to be an odd choice to direct this feature. You might remember that he left production of the third film and many fans had thought he bailed on the project. Bringing back Bryan Singer was a stroke of genius but many have questioned Vaughn’s participation. Question no longer. He turns out to have been the perfect director for the project. One now must wonder what the third film might have been like had he stayed.
Excerpt: The Movie Prequels are an especially vexing challenge for filmmakers, as we already know the futures of the characters we are revisiting, The cinematic X-Men universe has tried its adamantium-clawed hand at prequels once before , but X-Men: First Class is a truly grand, rousing reboot of the franchise.
Excerpt: X-Men: First Class will produce grandly scaled summer movie entertainment, partially to keep a billion dollar franchise cranking, and to appease mainstream buffs with high energy visuals. Straight to the point, it’s what we expect. In front of the lens of Kick-Ass’ Matthew Vaughn though, the series is able to show restraint, carefully shot and plotted restraint at that.