'X-Men First Class' Earns An 'A' And Resurrects Sinking Franchise

"X-Men: First Class" has the pop and style and comic book action and humor beloved in this genre. Director Matthew Vaughn, who cut his chops on the hyper-visceral, hyper-violent "Kick-Ass" has accomplished something sort of great here. He’s resurrected a sinking franchise.

Starting in sunny Nazi occupied Poland, we meet the young Erik as he is ripped away from his mother by SS officers. So desperate to be with her, Erik unleashes his magnetic powers for the first time, mentally bending and contorting the metal fence keeping them apart.

Immediately after this feat, Erik is greeted by SS officer Sebastian Shaw, played adeptly by Kevin Baconby way of Christoph Waltz. Shaw threatens to kill Erik’s mother unless Erik uses his powers on command. He does, but mom’s killed anyway. Years later, an adult Erik (Michael Fassbender) embarks on a "Munich"-esque quest to hunt down and kill Shaw. Read More...


http://www.starpulse.com/news/Paul_Meekin/2011/06/01/xmen_first_class_gets_an_a_grade

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