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X-Men: First Class

"X-Men: First Class" charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, which parallels the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants to stop Armageddon. Through the process, a rift begins, which initiates the eternal war between Magneto`s Brotherhood and Professor X`s X-Men.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 2 Jun 2011
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / Science Fiction
Running Time: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jason Flemyng, Lucas Till
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, "The X-Men franchise"

The beauty of any movie prequel is learning the history of something that you already know is going to be amazing. Although some - like "Hannibal Rising" (2007) that failed to give justice towards the amazing movie villain that is Hannibal Lecter, "X-Men: First Class" is a prequel worth watching even if Hugh Jackman is only a 10 seconds appearance.

Set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the movie parallels the history of the said event. And since it is a story of how the friendship and alliance of both Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr blooms and dies, the villains of the movie instead will be the comic artist duo Claremont and Byrne's 'Hellfire Club'. Fans of the comic will get to see characters such as Azazel, Banshee and Sebastian Shaw comes to life while fans of the movie franchise will get to see the young, hotter and unwrinkled version of beloved characters like Professor X, Beast, and Magneto.

James McAvoy is splendid as the suave Professor Xavier and when united with Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds"), makes an unlikely duo that is as different in persons yet believable as friends. Fassbender's version of Magneto the tortured soul gives the character a more humane form. However, unlike most superhero movies that tries to impose the more humane aspect into the character (i.e; "Spiderman"), X-Men does it without making it preachy and forced - as you may witness in the form of a scene between Professor X and Magneto near the end of the movie.

The plot is marvellous, the scripts enjoyable (like how the writer blames real history like Cuban Missile Crisis on a fictitious character like mutants) and dialogues are witty (thanks to the British humour of McAvoy). The cinematography and effects are mind-blowing from start to finish and director Matthew Vaughn successfully filling all the holes in the movie to make all slow parts and scenes less dreary.

There's a little confusion in terms of the character of Emma Frost, since she was in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" as a younger version while being an adult woman in the 60s in this movie! But then again, who has never been confused about a mutant, eh?
Overall, true to its title, this is a first class watch, even for those who are not familiar with the franchise.

Cinema Online, 01 June 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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