14 June 2011

Bryn Hindley, here at FACT on work experience from St Margret’s school in Aigburth, let us know what he thought about the film.

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While comic-book movies continue to jostle for our attention in a lately somewhat crowded genre, Matthew Vaughn's (Kick-Ass) attempt to reinvigorate the lucrative X-Men franchise does not disappoint.

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As the origin story to end all origin stories, X-Men: First Class takes us all the way back to the early 1960s, where Professor Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and his best friend Erik Lehnsherr, aka future archenemy Magneto (Fassbender), are gearing up their Mutant comrades to be known as the single greatest threat the world has ever known. 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. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working with other Mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

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I think First Class has good performances, good effects, was rather loud, but I didn't care for the staging of scenes. In too many scenes we saw a lot of mutants standing around trying to look engaged. The X-Men franchise has positioned itself as a series of short stories about people that don't fit in to normal society, and First Class was no exception.

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The bit which I found the most interesting about the film is the almost father/son relationship between Shaw and Magneto. Magneto as a young boy had mutant powers that are put to the test when Shaw (the bad guy!!) shoots his mum and kills her. Magneto grows up and sets out for revenge when he comes across Shaw face to face. The bit that I enjoyed is when Shaw reveals his helmet that prevents mind reader Xavier (the good guy!!) from getting into his mind and controlling them. It’s very unusual as it has a design that look like a capital M for Magneto but the hat is not for Magneto. What I didn’t understand is, how could Shaw know that the small boy was going to grow up to become Magneto? How did he know to put an M on the design of the helmet when it was created so long before Magneto?

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You can buy tickets online for X-Men First Class here, In person at The Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.

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