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X-Men: First Class  


Charles Xavier: James McAvoy
Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto: Michael Fassbender
Sebastian Shaw: Kevin Bacon
Raven/Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence
Angel Salvadore: Zoe Kravitz
Emma Frost: January Jones
Hank McCoy/Beast: Nicholas Hoult
Review June 2011

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.

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