“It’s a Very Groovy Prequel” (X-Men: First Class)

X-Men First Class (Poster)
The poster for X-Men: First Class, from 2011

I’m caught up! I finally watched the first four X-Men movies! Well, the first three, and the one after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Really, I don’t need to watch the two Wolverine spin offs, do I? Anyway, now that I’ve watched these four, I’m finally ready to watch the new movie, Days of Future Past. I don’t know how I held out this long. That movie looks awesome. But! This post is not to talk about Days of Future Past, however awesome it may look. Today, I’m talking about X-Men: First Class.

Before the X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, before Magneto, and Professor X, in the Cold War era, mutants are being discovered. Charles Xavier, a telepath, searches for them with Raven Darkholme, a shapeshifter. Erik Lensherr, a Holocaust survivor, is on a mission to find Sebastian Shaw, a dangerous mutant who killed his mother. But when Shaw puts the world on the brink of conflict, Charles and Erik must join forces with each other, and a band of young mutants struggling with their powers to avert nuclear war.

Charles and Erik (First Class)
McAvoy (Charles), and Fassbender (Erik), working perfectly together.

After The Last Stand, I didn’t really know what to expect from First Class. The first good sign was that a different director was attached. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like Brett Ratner (I love all of the Rush Hour movies), but he did not work too well in the X-Men universe. Well, the second good sign was that the two leads, James McAvoy and Micheal Fassbender, worked perfectly together.

First Class was a really entertaining movie, and it had a bunch of hilarious moments, punctuating the awesome nostalgia of the storyline. Plus, it had a Hugh Jackman cameo, too! That was fun. Anyway, after watching the first three movies, it was a lot of fun to see how the whole story started, and First Class was just an awesome movie in it’s own right, which is a hard stunt to pull off for most prequels. Now if only Magneto didn’t paint that helmet pink… 9 out of 10.

X-Men: First Class is a worthy prequel to the original X-Men trilogy, and one that offers tons of awesome nostalgic moments that set up the first three films, while also standing on it’s own two, blue, furry feet. Consensus, guys?

What Can You Do (First Class)


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