X-Men: First Class (2011) – 7/10 superhero action movie review

Cast / crew
Screenplay Writer and Director: Matthew Vaughn
Screenplay Writer: Ashley Edward Miller
Screenplay Writer: Zack Stentz
Screenplay Writer: Jane Goldman
Writer (Story): Sheldon Turner
Story Writer and Producer: Bryan Singer
Producer: Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer: Simon Kinberg
Producer: Gregory Goodman
Executive Producer: Stan Lee
Charles Xavier 24 Years: James McAvoy
Eric Lensherr: Michael Fassbender
Rose Byrne: Moira MacTaggert
Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence
Emma Frost: January Jones
Hank / Beast: Nicholas Hoult
Oliver Platt: Man in Black Suit
Azazel: Jason Flemyng
Alex Summers / Havoc: Lucas Till
Edi Gathegi: Darwin / Armando Munoz
Kevin Bacon: Sebastian Shaw

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Charles Xavier is an expert on genetic mutation, not only academically, but because he has a genetic mutation himself. Xavier is a powerful telepath and uses his ability to detect other mutants to gather them together to fight for good.


While certainly struggling with a couple of duff points (useless and unconvincing mutant powers including the ability to adapt, flying using sonic waves and ‘oh, I just happen to have a telepath amplifier and a supersonic, amazing-o-jet here’), X-Men: First Class remains a highly worthwhile superhero action movie with a jam-packed, interesting story centred around another charismatic superstar performance from James McAvoy and some fun villainy from Kevin Bacon. Interestingly, I found only McAvoy really sold his superpower and his is the only one that has no special effects. Any scene with McAvoy in is brilliant but while everything else is less interesting, First Class does bring in all the themes and subtext that make the story and world rich and rewarding.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, violence, sensuality

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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