X-Men: First Class (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am


Prequels bring a whole new dimension to the viewing experience. It's like looking at your dad's yearbook and trying to spot him in photos - you know what he looks like now, but what was he like back then?

With prequels, it's much the same: the joy comes from piecing together the back story. And with such a big back catalogue, X-Men: First Class has the makings of a superlative film.

During the cold war, scientist Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), aka Professor X, knows the world is full of mutants, a more evolved form of humans. Along with his shape-shifting 'sister', Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), aka Mystique, and war survivor and metal bender Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), aka Magneto, they recruit mutants for a superhero team to avert war.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) leads another team of mutants determined to wipe out humans. His plan is to start a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union.

Humans are shown as a ruthless race unwilling to coexist with super-humans. Director Matthew Vaughn holds nothing back in sharing his views in a gripping and delightful film. As well as a hilarious cameo, the film answers questions such as how Xavier ended up in a wheelchair. And what's with Magneto's helmet?