So the X-Men are back, and in the new movie we are given the rundown on how exactly they all found each other and became the titular X-Men.
X-Men: First Class is a prequel, which mainly focuses on telling the story of Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and his wild, world dominating ideas, that lead a young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to become Professor X, and how his once best friend Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), evolves into his new archenemy, Magneto.
At the same time the film introduces you to a large cast of some well-known mutant heroes and villains, such as Mystique, Beast, Emma Frost and Havoc, as well as some lesser-known characters in the Marvel universe.
It takes you on their ride of discovering, learning to focus and control, and truly harness their powers. The movie gets off to an exciting and emotional start beginning way back in 1944; it doesn't wait around to get into the action. It then takes you forward a couple of decades where the CIA gets involved in the goings on, through CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), when she stumbles upon some of the villains as she follows Colonel Hendry (Glenn Morshower) into the Hellfire Club.
After about 45 minutes, the movie seems to become quite erratic with scene changes; which I think is a result of trying to pack a bit too much in, when they should have maybe just focused on a few of the main characters, rather than hitting you with a bunch of different people and their stories.
There is of course the required plethora of buxom beauties that frequently feature in the Marvel Universe - who never cease to look amazing, no matter what sort of absurd situation they're in. Mind you, in the comics the women are all very fetching, so the movie is staying true to the original representations of the characters.
It features a nice little nod to another Marvel favourite that is quite humorous. As fans of the Marvel movies would know, there is traditionally a post credits teaser clip of the next Marvel movie to come, however don't bother waiting around for it with this one, because it never comes, as I found out. I would've kicked myself if I'd left and there had been the clip though.
This is a good place to start if you haven't seen the other movies or aren't too familiar with the X-Men, as it is giving you all the background of the characters and how it all began. At the same time, if you are familiar with the X-Men and the previous movies, it's still great to see the story come to life on the big screen. It was a very exciting and enjoyable movie, with great special effects, plenty of explosions, elaborate fight scenes and a sweet amount of romance and humour to cover all the bases.
X-Men: First Class opened in the UK on June 1st, in Australia on June 2nd and in the USA on June 3rd, 2011.