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Film Review! X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011). Directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film starts by repeating the beginnings of Erik Lensherr as a child, in a German concentration camp in 1944. When his parents are separated at the camp he reveals his mutant power, the ability to attract metal. He is observed by a German scientist, Dr. Schmidt (Kevin Bacon), who then forces Erik to demonstrate his power again, using methods that are cruel to the extreme. The film then switches to 1962, where the remainder is set. X-Men: First Class is not a bad film, but for me it wasn't a particularly great one either. It's a little hard to put my finger on what it was, but I think it was just all a bit bland. The crop of young mutants weren't very interesting as characters, although showed promise initially. James McAvoy is probably the most interesting of all, but even his characterisation feels clumsy a lot of the time. The big bad villain of the piece feels like a Bond villain at times. The film also feels overly long, and could have done with a good 20 minutes at least chopped out of it to pick up the pace. And then the big finale feels a bit limp, with little tension. Maybe I'm just burned out on comic book films? Most reviews are positive, so I'm guessing that fans of the genre will get something from it at least. A not very charitable 3/5 (Average)