Action Adventure Drama - Like the previous films in the series, this is an effects-heavy comic
book-based superhero adventure, but since it is a prequel, it has an
entirely new cast. Fans of main stars James McAvoy and Michael
Fassbender will have plenty to savor here. Some action sequences may
be too intense for young children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Many fights without blood, often involving super powers. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Fights, super powers, chases, explosions, destructions. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average The movie is high-tech and well-acted, with lots of action and noise as it portrays the origins of the X-Men, a group of about a dozen mutants (so far).
USA TodayFull Review Good This X- Men is indeed first class: an exciting, bold and thoroughly enjoyable summer blockbuster.
Washington PostFull Review Good With action, atmosphere and mixed feelings to burn (not to mention a few jokes about shaving Xavier's head), it seems well on its way to giving the well-traveled "X-Men” franchise a resuscitating breath of genetically superior, nuclear-powered life.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 110 moviegoers:
TEENS:Being an X-Men movie, these are not the greatest reviews from the males. Only about half truly loved it. Most of the rest rated it above average (Very Good), which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much but didn't love. Any other time Very Good would be considered a high review but teen males usually rate this type of movie Excellent or Fantastic so a Very Good review is a bit disappointing. The females actually enjoyed it more than the males. Almost all of them loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both the males and females loved "X-Men: First Class." They gave it very high reviews.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. Over half loved it and most of the rest enjoyed it very much. A few were disappointed. These are very typical reviews which make them a bit disappointing considering the expectations most will have going into this movie.
The film is set in the 1960s - the dawn of the Space Age, and a time filled
with the hope of JFK's Camelot. But it was also the height of the Cold War, when
escalating tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union threatened the entire
planet - and when the world discovered the existence of mutants.
It is also during this period that Charles Xavier met Erik Lehnsherr. Before
Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X
and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were
archenemies they were the closest of friends, working together and with other
mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. Some of these
young mutant recruits are fan favorites from the previous X-Men films, while
others are classic heroes from the comics but new to the film series. X-MEN:
FIRST CLASS provides answers to questions that have long intrigued fans of the
movies or comics: How did the X-Men come together? Why is Charles in a
wheelchair? Where did the X-Mansion and Cerebro come from?