Friday, May 6, 2011

X Is for “X-Men –First Class”

This installment in the successful “X-Men” series is a prequel, taking fans back to the beginning. Charles Xavier, opens a school for humans possessing special abilities. Later, he forms a team from among the school’s student body. Xavier or Professor X as he is known to his students meets Eric Lehnsherr who later becomes Magneto. The pair form a close bond and work to prevent cataclysmic events around the globe until differing opinions cause a rift to form between the two friends.
The film is set in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The rift between the two men puts their respective groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, at war with one another. Some familiar characters will make an appearance but I hear their will also be a few new ones introduced to fans of the franchise.
Among those I’m looking forward to seeing in this movie are James McAvoy as Xavier. McAvoy stole my heart in “Becoming Jane” when he portrayed the love interest to Anne Hathaway’s Jane Austen. He was also memorable in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “Atonement.” Watch for him later this summer in “The Conspirator” too.
Michael Fassbender plays Magneto. He has to his film credits “Inglourious Basterds,” Jane Eyre” and “Band of Brothers.”
Kevin Bacon, a perennial favorite, breaks out his bad boy persona as Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire Club, a group bent on world domination.
Need more? Check out the trailer here.