x-men: first class

X-Men was one of the first superhero movies I ever saw. Although I don’t remember watching the cartoon as a kid, I feel like I always liked the X-Men best because there were so many of them and they all had cool powers.

In the 1960s, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is a mutant who is studying his thesis about mutation. A CIA agent, Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), becomes aware of the mutants and seeks Xavier’s help to stop a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. Meanwhile, Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is another mutant who is hellbent on finding the man who killed his mother (Kevin Bacon). Xavier, with the CIA’s reluctant help, uses his gift to find young mutants and help them with their powers.

Another hard one but I loved it. Easily the best movie I’ve seen this year. It was stylish and cool and funny. All the performances were great especially McAvoy and Fassbender. Guh, I’ve loved these guys for a while and they really embodied the characters well. And they had a really good chemistry. I liked how strong the women were. Hell, I even like January Jones’ Emma Frost. I was a little less impressed with Jennifer Lawrence’s performance but I really felt for Mystique which normally doesn’t happen. And Bacon did alright as the villain, Sebastian Shaw. To be honest, I kinda kept forgetting about him because everyone was more interesting.

It was very smart and I appreciate when superhero movies do that. There were also so many references to future movies. And there is one of the best cameos ever!

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