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Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

Rated PG-13 – 2h32

Somebody call up George Lucas and tell him that this is how you make a prequel. Honestly, I don’t mean to be obnoxious, but why couldn’t Star Wars 1, 2 & 3 have been as much fun as this X Men prequel?

I do enjoy the plot technique of setting a fictional story around real historical fact. X-Men: First Class set in 1963 around the Cuban Missile Crisis. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is a new graduate of Oxford and is recruited by the bto stop the Russian nuclear threat. Along the way, he befriends Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender,) a person who eventually becomes his arch enemy.

They discover that Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon,) a fellow mutant is busy at work instigating both nuclear powers into all out war, but for his own benefit.

Amongst the film’s highlights is the rather scary and malicious take that Kevin Bacon puts on his supervillain. Not only does he capture the evil essence of a Nazi that wants to destroy the world with nuclear weapons, his mere presence on the screen simply creeped me out. Remember, that’s a compliment.

The action is fast and entertaining. The battles are near epic. This is good summertime entertainment.

The real fun of this movie is in the discovery. With a good grasp on his own power, Xavier aims to find other mutants, help them discover their potential. Watching a person (or a mutant) discover their own potential is simply entertaining. I think it makes you wonder what untapped super powers are in yourself. If anything, keeping you guessing is a trait of a good movie.

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06/03/2011 9:34AM
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