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The X-Men Return in X-Men: First Class

Written By: Harald Schossman

05/30/2011

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Too long has it been that the famous X Men have graced the silver screen. Since director Brett Ratner chose to kill of most of the mutants in "X Men the Last Stand" Fox had but one choice to revive the franchise: a reboot.

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"X Men First Class" focuses on the early years of both Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, how they discovered their powers and with their fellow mutants became of interest to the government.

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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have their work cut out for themselves living up to the high standards previously established by Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. They do so surprisingly well, especially McAvoy helps the film to reclaim much of the former X Men myth. Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence puts her own spin on the character of Mystique/Raven and shows a vulnerable side of the badass chameleon we have not yet seen. Kevin Bacon makes a great villain; his character of Sebastian Shaw is very reminiscent of the old Magneto, albeit a much darker version.

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This first installment of the new X Men breed is less comic and slightly more political in nature. There's still plenty of jokes and action alike, but I enjoyed the more "grown up" nature of the ironically younger X Men. It gave the franchise a new twist and explains a lot of character backstory of both Xavier and Magneto. Sometimes i thought the new X Men generation could have kicked a little more ass (the villains do) but then again they're only just forming. "X Men First Class" is a cool summer movie, no doubt an absolute must for any X Men fan.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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