Film Review: X-Men: First Class

starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne,
Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult

Watch the trailer for X-Men: First Class

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I saw this movie recently with friends. I didn't even plan to see this as I wasn't interested in watching a reboot of the X-Men movies after seeing the previous three. Why remake it or make an origin movie with mostly unknown actors? Well, I do know or rather recognized a few actors (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, and Kevin Bacon) in this one, but still...I wasn't sure if I would watch it until this movie was released and I've heard good things about it. So, me and my friends thought...we'll maybe we should try and see it and judge for ourselves and we did. Glad we did as it was actually, surprisingly pretty good. We didn't expect to loved and enjoyed watching it. This film was made very welll. The ensemble cast were super and great! A lot of them were unknowns with a few familiar actors (as aforementioned) I've seen in other films. There were a couple of wonderful and unexpected cameos from two very familiar characters from previous X-Men films. Very nice and clever to have them pop in and out, out of nowhere and surprising the audience with their interesting cameo appearance in scenes you never expected to see them. Very interesting! I won't say who they are or it'll ruin the cameo surprise (for those who still haven't seen this movie), you'll just have to see this movie to find out for yourself. They were worth watching in their cameos in this movie even for a second or minute there or so. The story was very well written, tied up and connected to the previous X-Men films. You actually get to know and see the characters from their origin, their younger years before they assembled and became what we've already known of them to be as the super-powered mutants aka the X-Men. It was fun and interesting to see them discover they have super powers and to see them learning to use them. James McAvoy as Prof. Charles Xavier (and now I know where the "X" on "X-Men" name came from...very interesting to know) and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (aka the very powerful Magneto) were both brilliant and amazing in this film. Fassbender was just very impressive to watch as the mysterious Erik turned Magneto. Love his French and Spanish accents! He's very easy on the eyes too! Both Fassbender and McAvoy were awesome to watch and just fits into their iconic characters so well. I totally saw them as the younger characters played older in the X-Men films by their older counterparts originally played by Patrick Stewart (Prof. Xavier) and Ian McKellan (Magneto). Great casting in these two (McAvoy and Fassbender)! The other cast were great too especially Jennifer Lawrence as the young Raven aka Mystique (love her changing forms) and Nicholas Hoult as the young Scientist Hank McCoy turned Beast (he looks familiar and now, I remember seeing him when he was a young boy in About A Boy with Hugh Grant. Wow, he's all grown up and looks handsome too!) and loved seeing the demonstrations of their characters' super powers. Kevin Bacon was badass as Sebastian Shaw, the villain here. He was just great as the bad guy in this film. He's very convincing in his villain role.

Overall, X-Men: First Class was a very good movie. My friends and I loved and enjoyed watching it. We were pleasantly surprised that it was actually pretty good. I highly recommend you see this, if you haven't already especially if you're an X-Men fan (or even if you're not). You won't be disappointed. The surprise cameos alone were worth watching. Go see it!

My X-Men: First Class Film Rating:  ! (9.5/10; A)

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