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Movie: X-Men: First Class (2011)

Witness the Moment that Will Change Our World.

X-Men: First Class (2011) is a superhero movie based on the characters in Marvel Comics. It's the prequel to the X-Men movie series, focusing on "the formative years of Xavier (Professor X) and Magneto" and set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Synopsis from IMDb: 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. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.

I'm clueless about the X-Men characters because I don't read the comic books and the only X-Men related movie that I've watched was Wolverine. I've no inkling of X-Men's back story or the entire list of characters. So, I watched this movie in total ignorance. :P

Since this movie focuses on the early years of Professor X and Magneto, there are quite a number of teenage mutant characters - Mystique (blue-skinned shapeshifter), Beast (beast, obviously), Havok (plasma blaster), Banshee (sonic screamer), Darwin (the evolution adapter who died early), and Angel (the winged mutant who turned away from Professor X's team).

The villains are the Hellfire Club led by the narcissistic former Nazi scientist, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). His minions are Azazel (teleporter), Emma Frost (January Jones) (a mutant who can turn into diamond form), and Riptide (a mutant who can create whirlwinds).

Well, since I'm unfamiliar with the X-Men franchise, I watch this movie for pure entertainment value. The part that I like the most is Hugh Jackman's cameo appearance as the future Wolverine. Cool! The special effects are pretty good too, especially when Magneto deflects missiles from the navy or when Banshee is flying and doing his supersonic stunts.

A very entertaining movie indeed!


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