Revisionist history places the origins of the X-Men directly in the nuclear cross hairs of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, as director Matthew Vaughn resets the cinematic meter on the comic-based franchise with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, now playing in theaters.
While revisiting the tragic childhood of Erik Lehnsherr in a Nazi concentration camp and subsequent discovery of his magnetic super power, as first seen in Bryan Singer’s 2000 film, this prelude sets up Erik’s continued scientific abuse/torture under the command of a Third Reich collaborator. Living a life of contrast in almost every way, young Charles Xavier who befriends an equally young Mystique, embodying the hope that one day humanity may accept and embrace this quietly emerging race of mutants as friends instead of foes.
The star power of the film — James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence and January Jones for starters — sets up the promise of a supercharged action flick that the casually-paced script never quite delivers. Read FilmEdge’s full review online now.