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X-Men: First Class Film Review

Updated on May 20, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.


Is it okay to be different, or is it shameful? Should one cover up his or her oddities or let the world see him or her in the natural form? Those are questions everyone struggles with, especially Raven. She was born blue and soon discovers she has the ability to mimic any form she visualizes. She meets Charles Xavier, who finds mutations fascinating and worth being proud of. He also feels that it is important to hide in plain sight so as to not alarm or frighten normal humans.
Erik feels differently. In a fit of rage, he accidentally used his power to manipulate metals, which only brought pain and heartache to his life. He has come to believe that mutants should be able to be themselves in public, regardless of what normal people think. Erik believes mutants are better than humans whereas Charles believes everyone should strive for equality whether they have abilities or not.
The story is wonderful, really bringing out the emotion and the tension between Xavier and Erik, especially toward the end when Erik confronts his archenemy.
Most of the characters are interesting, except for a couple that seemed rather pointless. Angel can fly and spit fire. That's cool for a couple uses, sure, but she was pretty useless over all. That's the reason I deducted 0.5 from my rating. Other than that, the film was perfect.
In conclusion, Xavier and Magneto are in extremely capable hands. McAvoy and Fassbender played off each other quite well, and both embodied their characters just as well as Stewart and McKellan. Definitely include this on your watch list if you haven't seen it already.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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