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When Bryan Singer brought Marvel's X-Men to the big screen, Magneto and Professor X were elder statesmen, but Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) travels back in time to present an origin story--and an alternate version of history. While Charles Xavier (Laurence Belcher) grows up privileged in New York, Erik Lehnsherr (Bill Milner) grows up underprivileged in Poland. As children, the mind-reading Charles finds a friend in the shape-shifting Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Erik finds an enemy in Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), an energy-absorbing Nazi scientist who treats the metal-bending lad like a lab rat. By 1962, Charles (James McAvoy) has become a swaggering genetics professor and Erik (Michael Fassbender, McAvoy's Band of Brothers costar) has become a brooding agent of revenge. CIA agent Moira (Rose Byrne) brings the two together to work for Division X. With the help of MIB (Oliver Platt) and Hank (A Single Man's Nicholas Hoult), they seek out other mutants, while fending off Shaw and Emma Frost (Mad Men's January Jones), who try to recruit them for more nefarious ends, leading to a showdown in Cuba between the United States and the Soviet Union, the good and bad mutants, and Charles and Erik, whose goals have begun to diverge. Throughout, Vaughn crisscrosses the globe, piles on the visual effects, and juices the action with a rousing score, but it's the actors who make the biggest impression as McAvoy and Fassbender prove themselves worthy successors to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. The movie comes alive whenever they take center stage, and dies a little when they don't. For the most part, though, Vaughn does right by playing up the James Bond parallels and acknowledging the debt to producer Bryan Singer through a couple of clever cameos.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Package Dimensions : 7.5 x 3.5 x 0.7 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Director : Matthew Vaughn
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 11 minutes
- Release date : September 9, 2011
- Actors : James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Belcher
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Adam Bohling
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B005DMXVK6
- Writers : Ashley Miller, Bryan Singer, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This movie breathed new life into X-Men. Would anyone seriously have believed that someone could step up to the plate and match McKellen and Stewart? Damn if Fassbender and McAvoy didn't do exactly that. Fassbender comes across as driven, principled, self-righteous... a man who was unfortunate enough to experience the world as it really is and understands the need to be ruthless when sheltered idealists hide from the truth. McAvoy is the perfect young Charles: a thoughtful man who knows the need for principle and sees the potential for cooperation because he can literally see into the hearts of men, and sees in his friend a good man who makes bad decisions because he's fighting his own demons, not the battle at hand.
The setting is the swinging early 60s and cold war politics, perfect for James Bond adventures. The soundtrack alone catches the theme perfectly, plus good writing and directing.
The supporting performances are mostly good. We had a good villain (albeit the stock predictable Nazi world-conquering baddie). Kevin Bacon plays him perfectly. Hoult and Byrne deliver excellent performances.
For all the grief she gets, Jennifer Lawrence did a great job as well. I think it was a mistake to make her the hinge for the rebooted franchise, much as too much of a good thing (wolverine) hampered the old edition. But her extreme body issues, unrequited love for Charles, and sheer loneliness gave her Mystique-ishness some depth and believability.
At the center of the story is the Erik/Charles bromance, and that worked very well. Overall a good movie, maybe the best in the rebooted series. I kind of wished they had stayed in this time period for a while instead of rushing headlong to the present.
There would be a new cast featuring James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven aka Mystique, Nichols Hoult as Hank McCoy the Beast, Ross Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Lucas Till as Alex Summers aka Havok, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Zoe Kravits as Angel, and Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy aka Banshee. The bad guys would be the Hellfire Club with Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, and Alex Gonzalez as Riptide.
The movie begins by introducing some of the main characters and themes they will touch on. A young Erik Lehnsherr is in a German concentration camp during World War II where he is experimented upon by Sebastian Shaw. It then flashes to the present where Erik is intent upon using his mutant powers to get revenge upon those that ran the camp with Shaw at the top of the list. Charles Xavier and Raven meet at his house when they were children. Then it flashes to when Xavier is in college writing about mutation. Then Moira MacTaggert is in Las Vegas working for the CIA where she discovers the Hellfire Club led by Shaw that also includes Emma Frost, Riptide and Azazel. They are manipulating the U.S. and Soviet governments for some scheme. That encounter leads MacTaggert to Xavier’s work on mutants. The stage is then set. Working initially under the CIA Xavier and MacTaggert form their own group of mutants, that would become the X-Men, to counter Shaw and the Hellfire Club. They would recruit Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Havok, Darwin, Angel and Banshee. There’s a hilarious scene where they approach Wolverine as well who tells them to screw off.
Given that the movie is based in the 1960s it also gives homage to the original message that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby tried to convey with the X-Men. That was the struggle of African Americans for civil rights. Mutants were black people searching for acceptance and power and split between two paths to achieve that. There was Xavier who was Martin Luther King talking about co-existence between blacks and whites, mutants and humans in the comic, and then there was Magneto who was Malcolm X talking about using any means necessary to ensure the protection of mutants/blacks. You see that message playing out early on in the film when Xavier is flirting with a girl in a bar and says “mutant and proud” followed by Raven saying the same thing in the next scene and talking about whether she would be accepted. That phrase is a take off of the 60s slogan “I’m black and I’m proud" made famous by a James Brown song of the same title. Then there’s a scene where Erik tells Mystique that if he looked like her he wouldn’t change a thing, which was meant to instill pride in mutation, similar to how blacks used to say black is beautiful. Later on, Xavier and Erik are playing chess on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. talking about the future of mutants, whether they should work with the government or not. That’s where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech about his vision for race relations in America. Shaw actually takes up the argument made by Magneto in the comics at first, but then at the end Magneto articulates them himself. The split between Xavier and Erik is symbolic of the split between King and Malcolm X
There are also some new Marvel homages and Easter Eggs. One of the agents at the CIA is named Stryker, who is the father of William Stryker who was prominent in the X2 and X-Men Days of Future Past movies. Raven goes through a series of transformations trying to seduce Magneto and that includes transforming into Rebecca Romijn who played Mystique in the first three X-Men movies. Some aspects of the uniforms the X-Men wear such as the target on Havok, the wings on Banshee, and the red suit of Magneto at the end are based upon the unis seen in the comics. Some things that didn’t work were Azazel who looked exactly like Nightcrawler with the same power, but with red skin.
Overall, this was a good reboot of the X-Men. Last Stand had some memorable moments but had such a bad ending that it was a real disservice to the franchise. First Class gave it a fresh new look that would play out well across the following films as well. The characters were strong and engaging. Technology allowed for much better fight scenes especially the really big ones such as when Erik attacks Shaw on a yacht or the final confrontation where two huge fleets one Soviet and one American stand off during the Cuban Missile Crisis and then turn their guns on the mutants. My one major complaint is that Darwin dies in the film. Having the black character be the first to pass away is a Hollywood cliche which unfortunately this movie perpetuated.
As you see in the picture from Amazon, as well as my own pictures, it comes with a really cool slip cover, featuring Magneto. The actual DVD case has a completely different picture.
The only bad thing about this DVD, is the unfortunate lack of special features, so if those are important to you, I advise looking into another release.
The DVD does come with a digital copy. The video quality of the DVD is very good, for a DVD of course. Not HD, but I'd say as close to it as you can get with a DVD.
If you are still a DVD collector, due to not wanting to switch formats, or price, you can't go wrong here if you enjoy the X-Men movies!
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With such a strong cast, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender embody the roles made famous by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in a way you really can understand they are the way they are when we meet them nearly 40 years later. Both actors show their dexterity in acting, from tapping into strong emotion and heartache but also warm friendship and humour as their relationship progresses and changes over the course of the film. A clever script and thought-provoking story make it all more relevant and gives them both something to really chew over in making their characters more than just cardboard copies of who they were, both actors create who they ARE in a wonderfully engaging way. And with great support from the wonderfully sly Kevin Bacon, the gorgeous January Jones and also ever likeable Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Holt fill the other important roles with great pathos and energy. Even our young mutant heroes in the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi and Caleb Laundry Jones are easy enough to like, even though are just token additions to add the action stakes. All characters seen are used to move the story forward, not just expendable and throw-away characters to please fans.
Special mention goes to a great and inspired cameo by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, something that is referred to once again in ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’.
The film can feel a little long, but only because so much of it is spent on character development and narrative progression which is crucial to what director Matthew Vaughn wants from his film, in which that is to flesh out characters and gives us the reasons why they became the characters we met back in the original ‘X-Men’ film.
It’s a very clever and well thought out film, referred to as a blockbuster with brains, which is something why many action-heavy, CGI popcorn blockbuster audiences were wary of this film; intelligence in a blockbuster is a rare thing, but it gives fans of the series a reason to have faith in the future of the films, especially with the positive reaction for ‘Days Of Future Past’ as it lays foundations to build and develop on from a world more realistic and relevant than seen before with a cast that are strong, dedicated and understanding of the roles they are in.
The CGI action towards the end is a little touch-and-go in places, but still well staged with lots of time for the goodies and baddies to shine with their powers which makes watching the X-Men so much fun. It’s a strong film with an obvious underlying message of faith, family and friendship played out, and it’s all the better for it as it starts to strong, you can’t wait to see where it continues and thankfully we don’t have long to find out.
I Didnt need to be this movie is incredible. I heard somewhere that the guy who directed this was offered Xmen 3 but turned it down as he didnt think he was ready for such a big movie. There are two ways of looking at this. Firstly had he of done X3 it could have been amazing and the franchise would have carried on, or secondly this movie would not have been made and that would have been a real pitty.
The movie concetrates on the relationship between a young Charles Xavier played by James Mcavoy and a young Erik Lehnsherr played be Michael Fassbender. In the original Xmen movies we gather the two men were once friends but this movie shows the level of the friendship from there first meeting to the ultimate opposite outlooks that tear there friendship apart. Macavoy is brilliant as a young Professor X and carries himself with a little swagger as he attempts to chat up college girls at the beginnig of the movie to the paitient individual we met in the fist film when he is helping to train the original Xmen. But it is Fassbender that steals it for me from his small and fleeting one liners to the intensity as he uses his powers to pull a nuclear submarine from the ocean beneath him he is truly captivating when on screen and the chemistry between he and Macavoy is something to be seen. The rest of the mutants just sort of follow along with the exception of the key bad guy Sabastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon who brings Magneto and Professor X together.
When the two friends finally go there seperate ways the pain in Magneto as he realises his friend will not join him is evident.
In closing this is an amazing superhero hero movie on par with the original two Xmen movies if not better. The cast is good the effects brilliant and a very good story. If there were a comic inspired movie out there to rival Marvel Avenger's this could be it. This is a well made movie and has a great deal of replay value.
The cast, led by James Mcavoy who plays Xavier brilliantly and Michael Fassbender who seems to have been born to play the younger Magneto, have been put together excellently. The supporting cast, including Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence and a really funny cameo in a bar, are just as talented as the main cast. Vaughn's vision of the x men universe is very much consistent with Singer's, and despite the obvious time shift there is clear parrelilsms that make this film all the more entertaining and consistent.
The story follows Xavier and Erik as they recruite mutants and form the school we all know, they come together to stop a ruthless, determined tyrant who wants to initiate World War 3. And so an enthralling two hours is set up during which you will not be bored at any one point. The origin stories are very interesting and the action orientated set pieces are imaginitive and thrilling. The CGI has come a long way since the first four films and is flawless and never overused to the point that its a hindrance.
Overall, Vaughn has rebooted the weakening x men franchise and delivered an absolute blast of a film. Fans of x men will not be dissapointed and newcomers will be drawn into the x men world. Don't hesitate on this, get it, watch it.
The extra features are pretty poor fare, a few deleted scenes that aren't really worth bothering with. There is a digital copy to put on your ipod or computer which is cool if you want to watch it on the train or a long car journey.
This film is well cast, well written, well shot and for the most part well acted. Kevin Bacon does a reasonable (let's not get wild with "acting greatness"). The problem is, it doesn't really tell me anything new and suffers from the default problems most prequels have. "History" cannot be changed. After this, the amount of prequels I rate at 4 or 5 stars I can still count on one hand.
I find storytelling that looks back too much to be lazy and re-uses material instead of effort being put into something new. History looks back, stories go forwards! I would prefer film series (and X-Men is not an exception) to move forwards. For those simply interested in the background of the characters or who just need a boatload of more material, graphic novels, source books etc are a much less resource intensive way of doing that.
Still, both leads turn in a good performance that is mostly a joy to watch.
The film is still very good though and is probably the best X-Men film yet, just narrowly better than X-2. The most important thing about the X-Men series in comparison to other comic book films is that the people with powers were born differently and didnt gain them from an accident with a radioactive spider or something. The conflict in the film between wanting to fit in and be accepted or to not fit in and be proud of what makes you different was lost a little towards the end of the last trilogy (not to mention the terrible Wolverine film) but it becomes the focus in this film again. For me that's what the X-Men have always been about and it makes them far more relatable than most other superheroes, not in that there are a ton of us running around with bone claws but the whole idea of having to fit in or not to when you're different. You don''t need to have super powers to understand that.
The Blu-Ray edition of the film is absolutely incredible. I'm struggling to think of a better quality Blu-Ray I've seen lately, the picture is absolutely perfect, the sound is great and you get it on DVD too if you ever feel like not watching it in the amazing Blu Ray quality.
Overall definitely recommended and I'm looking forward to seeing where they go with next year's sequel.