X-Men: First Class
X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
Every epic series has a beginning and this movie is about the origins of the characters of the X-Men saga. The production values are first-rate with super special effects and fine actors which include James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), Michael Fassbender (Erik or Magneto) and Rose Byrne as Moira. The movie makes a point about mutants and how those who are different have something special to offer. Some of the characters make good choices and some do not, such as one particular one who is bent on revenge.
It’s interesting to watch the mutants as they begin to believe in their unique abilities and the viewer is reminded that all of us have choices to make as to what we do with our gifts and abilities. There is also an intriguing tie-in with true life events in the early sixties with Cuba and the missile crisis and we see President John F. Kennedy in archived historical footage as he appeared on TV. Unfortunately, the movie hits a five rating in the language department, not to mention a three in the sex category and therefore regrettably we cannot award our Dove Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.