Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | 2011
Basically, this is the start of how Charles Xavier’s school for mutants came to be. I remember watching the original X-Men movies when I was younger, with Hugh Jackman (yes I know he is in all of them regardless) and Halle Berry, so I think it’s nice when filmmakers choose to wind the clock back and tell and origins story. James McAvoy (Split) plays Charles Xavier as he starts to recruit other mutants in hopes to help the CIA. Michael Fassbender (Assassain's Creed) becomes his right hand man and the student he helps the most.
Along with those two stars, we have Jennifer Lawrence (probably the first movie I ever saw her in before Hunger Games came out!) with transfiguration abilities, Nicholas Hoult who makes all the gadgets and turns into a beast, Zoe Kravitz, that dude from Hannah Montana: The Movie (Lucas Till), that vampire dude with the dreads from Twilight (Ed Gathegi), and Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out and Three Billboards) that make up the new mutant recruits.
Kevin Bacon plays the villain and I think he did a pretty good job. The beginning scene with the Nazi’s really started the feel for the film and the evilness of him and his three minions (January Jones, Alex Gonzalez, and Jason Flemyng). I did love January Jones’ character and how she turned into a diamond. Very cool. Oh yeah, and there is Rose Byrne who is their CIA handler.
For the most part, the movie itself was fairly boring, but that’s typical when you’re spending the better part of the movie doing character development. The ending fight scene was entertaining and the training sessions were pretty fun to watch.
I also enjoyed the 30 seconds that Hugh Jackman was a part of.
Overall, this movie was good and I’m definitely interested to see what happens in the next film of the trilogy. I’m hoping a lot of the characters transfer to the next and I really want to see what the heck was up with Mystique’s decision (Jennifer Lawrence). I’m going to go with a “Liked It” for this film. (3/5).
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