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Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

Alternate Title: In the Beginning..

Story: Fans of this fifth of the series franchise will not be disappointed in this entertaining, but overly long, summer film about how the X-Men came to be. In separate vignettes we meet the young men who will eventually be Professor X and Magneto. How they use their individual mutation is the heart of the film and the larger topic of Good Vs. Evil dominates the film.

Most the the film takes place during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and we are juxtaposed between Moscow and Washington throughout the film. Charles (Professor X) is recruited by a young CIA agent to help locate other mutants for 'good.' How he accomplishes that feat is the highlight of the film. Do not miss the montage of how he finds these mutants. It is very entertaining and there is one cameo that truly made me laugh out loud (not giving that goody away).

I am a big fan of special powers. If I had one - it would be the ability to fly. These young mutants learn how to harness their abilities like throwing fireballs and shape shifting. Lots of fun. Mutant and Proud is the mantra of the film. It is nice to know this franchise is not dead.

The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Mr. Vaughn, Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman. It is based on a story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer and the Marvel Comics series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrbHykKUfTM

Acting: James McAvoy as Charles was a fine choice as the soon to be Professor X. He is a good actor and I bought his special power. Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, was last seen in Inglourious Basterds. He was also a fine choice to be Magneto. Kevin Bacon seemed to be enjoying his role as the evil Sebastian Shaw/Dr. Schmidt). Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert was nondescript. January Jones as Emma Frost was awful. Oliver Platt can do no wrong in my book. The rest of the gang was fine including: Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank/Beast), Zoe Kravitz (Angel Salvadore/Wings), Jason Flemyng (Azazel), Lucas Till (Alex Summers/Havok), Caleb Landry Jones (Cassidy/Banshee), Alex Gonzalez (Janos Questad/Riptide) and Edi Gathegi (Darwin Armondo).

Predilection: I have seen all of the other X-Men films.

Trivia: X-Men Origins: Wolverine made my Worst list in 2009. http://judylobo.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/movie-review-x-men-origins-wolverine/ . You can read my 2006 review of X-Men: The Last Stand here. http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/laststand.html. Read my 2003 review of X2: X-Men United here. http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/X2.html. Finally, you can read the review of the original 2000 film here - X-Men http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/xmen.html

Critters: None

Food: Neither mutants nor supposedly normal people eat in this film.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: All titles are at the end.

Visual Art: There are some really bad paintings throughout the film.

Theater Audience: About 10 other people.

Weather: Not factor

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch a few times.

Predictability Level: There were a few surprises but overall it was predictable.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: no

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, go for the big screen.

Length: Overly long at 2 hours and 10 minutes.