I don’t really know why I like the X-Men movies, since they are rather bizarre if one spends any time thinking about the premise. Â However, I do like them, as a general rule, so I was excited about the newest installment, X-Men: First Class.
First Class is another prequel, so it’s possible that someone unfamiliar with the other movies could watch this one and enjoy it. Â In fact, I think this is the best of the lot. Â It explains the origins of Professor X and Magneto, and how they are simultaneously friends and foes.
James McAvoy had the task of taking on the younger version of a character (Professor Xavier) played so well by Patrick Stewart. Â I imagine that was daunting. Â However, it didn’t seem to hold him back at all. Â In fact, he was rather brilliant. Â And Michael Fassbender was wonderful as the tortured Erik, or Magneto.
I also really enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique. Â Another charming character was Nicholas Hoult as Hank, who becomes Beast.
It was interesting to watch how the story begins, a story we–those who have watched the other movies–already know the ending to. Â Knowing what is going to happen didn’t take away from the charm ofÂ First Class. I think First Class was aptly titled, since it is first in the class of X-men movies.