After a franchise that became entirely too predictable and tedious, director Matthew Vaughn (from Kickass) reinvigorates X-Men
with First Class, a story that goes back to the beginning. Back to the 1960's and the Cold War, where an evil character
named Sebastian Shaw stages a showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union a la the Cuban Missile Crisis in an attempt
to eliminate the human race. Along the way, we learn about Professor X and Magneto, two uniquely gifted loners who eventually join
forces to combat the threat and help assemble a Division of Mutant Powers. As with many superhero sagas, First Class spreads itself
thin, trying to incorporate too many characters and backstories. Still, with a terrific new cast and a stylish look and feel that
harkens the sophistication of James Bond, X-Men: First Class represents a successful reboot and a welcome return
of the summer blockbuster.