You might be a bit hesitant after X-Men Origins: Wolverine flopped two years ago (and X-Men: The Last Stand, three years before that), but I would like to ask you to put your caution to the side and give X-Men one more chance. X-Men First Class was intriguing. It takes us back to the 1940s and then 1960s, explaining the child- and young-adult-hood of many of the characters such as Mystique, Magneto, and of course, Professor X. I found each person’s back stories to be fascinating, and as the story developed, I continually found my self in awe as I realized the turning point in each person’s life that led them to be who we know them as today, in the very first X-Men.
The movie opens as a young Erik discovers his ability to control metal in his attempts to return to his mother during their forced separation during the Holocaust (perhaps you remember this scene from previous movies). Antagonist Sebastian Shaw recognizes Erik’s skill and attempts to harness and train the boy’s power for himself by inflicting on him pains which increase his talent, yet create a mortal enemy. In another part of the world, a young Charles Xavier meets Raven, and together they grow into young adults, studying the intricacies of mutation and their implications on human evolution.
As Shaw attempts to spur nuclear war between Russia and the United States in hopes of creating a new super-mutated race from the nuclear after effects, it’s a race against time for Xavier and his newly found mutant friends as they try to stop the atomic war while simultaneously gaining acceptance as ‘humans’ in the outside world.
Battles between good and evil are only part of this movie, which also explores the character’s self-identities in a world telling them they are abnormal. A touching story of friendships made and broken, self-acceptance, and origins explored, X-Men First Class is definitely a step in the right direction in the franchise’s attempts to redeem itself.
Follow my footsteps and spend a day with a friend watching this movie at Regal Cinemas Union Square Stadium 14 , and dining at Burger Creations which offers a 15% student discount with your student ID and the coupon, which can be found in the Campus Clipper coupon booklet or online here.
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