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X-Men: First Class

Their powers would make them different. But destiny would make them allies. 

Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Matthew Vaughn 
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jason Flemyng, Nicholas Hoult  
An image from X-Men: First Class

The dawn of the mutant era is becoming more and more apparent. The question is what does this mean for the rest of humankind? Some will exploit, some will torture and few will be allies. For a young Professor X (McAvoy), Mystique and Magneto (Fassbender), the answer to this question will determine which path they take. Should they embrace they mutant powers and risk a life of persecution, or should just hide their abilities and be a ‘normal’ human being?

Whoever says a prequel can’t be as good as the original will have to eat their words; this new instalment of the X-men series will definitely hush the pessimists. It may not follow the comics exactly as those die-hard fans of the franchise would like, but it makes an excellent attempt at pleasing all fan-bases. The visuals are absolutely stunning and that’s without the needless 3D conversion that seems to be all the rage these days.

For those who don’t know the story, it is definitely an epic starter point. It explains the feuds of several characters in the later timeline (i.e. the earlier films) and still stands sturdy as a story all of its own. McAvoy plays a very cool and collected Charles with the stunning Jennifer Lawrence at his side as a young bewitching Raven (Mystique). Kevin Bacon as the villain was a bit of a gamble by Vaughn, but Bacon actually pulls off the role convincingly

For those unsure of whether it’s worth seeing as I once was, I would highly recommend taking the time and effort. It’s definitely a must-see!

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Autumn Term (35mm)
2011/2012 Autumn Term (35mm)