Like other Marvel Comics, X-Men: First Class deals with atomic age mutant superheroes. But it is not the comic book origins story. It has got a fine sense of original Bond-era style. It provides a veritable world tour, jumping from Warsaw to Moscow, Washington DC, Switzerland and Las Vegas.
The story of the movie is set in the early 1960s. Director Matthew Vaughn's solid story-telling and hold on narration help him in holding the attention of viewers. He has also managed to combine real events like Warsaw Ghetto and Holocaust, Cuban Missile Crisis, the arm"s race with the heroic shenanigans of its multiple protagonists in a seamless fashion.
Erik Lensherr (Bill Milner), who is a young camp refugee, has the power to bend metal with his mind. He becomes evil Nazi Dr Schmidt's (Kevin Bacon) personal experiment with uncontrolled power. Out of prison camp, an adult Erik (Michael Fassbinder) seeks revenge with mind-bending help from dashing Oxford academic Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) whose Utopian visions leaves little room for their combined forces to last beyond the prison of this uniquely styled franchise. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) shape-shifting adoptive sister to Xavier, provides the psychological conflict required to catapult this thrill-a-minute actioner to something higher than just that.
The beauty of Matthew Vaughn's story and narration has been enhanced by the fantastic performance by the actors. Especially, mutants are all splendid. Kevin Bacon stands out in the role of very evil Nazi mutant Dr. Schmidt. As Charles Xavier, James McAvoy brings a welcome touch of humanity and pathos in the film. Jennifer Lawrence is most fetching in her blue persona. Fassbender and McAvoy have great chemistry.
The retro-oriented production design of X-Men: First Class is shown off to great effect by John Mathieson's absorbing tracking and sharp camera angles. However, this summer popcorn movie is fast paced, smartly engineered, strong on psychological depth and has action that is visually stunning. Don't miss to watch the movie.
Producer: Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer,
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon
Music: Henry Jackman
Cinematographer: John Mathieson
X Men Origins: Wolverine was a not-so-happening movie, but X-Men: First Class has charted the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. The 60's set story is made with a mythical dimension. It is highly enjoyable, but it lacks the amount of humor that was provided in other X Men franchises.