Review: X-men: First Class
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Magneto and Professor X are back. This time in the forms of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, respectively, in Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to the films of the popular comic book franchise. Beginning with a recount of Erik Lensherr’s experiences as a young boy in the concentration camps during the Second World War, the film quickly introduce the audience not only to the film’s main villain Sebastian Shaw, but also to a major recurring theme throughout the film: the oppression of those who are different. The rest of the film mostly takes place in 1962, where Charles Xavier and Erik meet for the first time, as the CIA requires mutants’ help to stop a forthcoming nuclear war between the States and Russia. As the two find other mutants to help them with their cause, they develop a friendship, despite their ideological differences on the subject of human-mutant relations: Charles believes they will all one day be able to live in peace with each other, but Erik – who has experienced firsthand how fear can turn people against a race – believes humans will turn against them, when they realise what superior powers they posses. With this premise, X-Men: First Class does not disappoint: it is an entertaining film, with multiple references to the other films – Hugh Jackman, for one, making a cameo as Wolverine – and a tightly written, fast-paced script. However, due to the multiple plots to follow, some of the minor characters fall flat, as they do not receive enough screen-time to become fully-fledged.
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