In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy. I eally wanted to see the movie but, unfortunately these days having two kids under 5, seeing movies like X-Men has become very challenging. So I have to wait for X-Men as blue ray before I see it. However, I have a few links and a few words from my favorite reviewers.
Tomatometer is 100% and audience at 97% makes it one of the best rated movies this year.
Dan Jolin from Empire Magazine:
All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.
Emanuel Levy from EmanuelLevy.Com:
Taking the story back to its roots, Vaughn has made some shrewd decisions, reflected in the superb cast (McAvoy and Fassbender stand out) and the use of Cold War context, which evokes the early, much admired James Bond pictures.
A franchise reboot reminiscent of JJ Abrams' 2009 Star Trek overhaul, this is the fifth film in the X-Men canon and even if it can't quite match Bryan Singer's X2 (among the finest of its kind), First Class is still fast, fresh and fun.
It's intelligent and emotionally resonant, explosive and eye-dazzling. Factor in a zeitgeisty, hot-list cast and First Class is likely to be one of the summer's best biggies. It sure as hell razes Brett Ratner's disappointing X-Men: The Last Stand (which Vaughn was slated for at one point) and Gavin Hood's time-waster Wolverine.
Read more: X-Men: First Class review | TotalFilm.com
Attention to detail:
The first thing you’ll notice is that this film looks completely different to the other X-Men films – it uses the styling of its mid-sixties setting to great effect, from the slick interior of the Hellfire Club to Emma Frost’s stunning 60s outfits and the use of contemporary news footage rooting the film in real world events – the attention to detail is perfect....
And what a ride – the action set-pieces are stunning, and the period detail fantastic, but it’s the emotional content of the film that really hits you – as relationships are forged, and others fall apart against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world....
.....As can be expected, the action builds throughout the film to the final sequence – a white-knuckle set piece on the coast of Cuba that’s both visually stunning and emotionally devastating, setting the scene for what will hopefully be a series of prequels.