I am a huge fan of the X-Men series of films. I think the films are inspired science fiction oozing with creativity and social commentary and X-Men: First Class is no exception. Although not as gripping as the first installment of the series X-Men: First Class, a prequel to X-Men, X-Men 2, and X-Men: Last Stand finds its voice quiet handily. (Bonus- before the film they show the newly leaked Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer which is amazing!)
The film begins the same way X-Men does, with a young Erik Lehsherr, later known as Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender), being ripped away from his mother in a Nazi concentration camp. In a fit of sadness and rage his mutant powers begin to come alive as he bends two metal gates completely back before being knocked unconscious by a guard. We are then introduced to our villain, Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon) a Mengele of sorts, who spends his time experimenting on Jewish mutants and takes a special interest in Erik.
Then we flash forward to the sixties, where the rest of the story takes place. Here we are introduced to Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) who has fostered a sibling-like relationship with Raven, later known as Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence), and is finishing up doctoral degree in human mutation. We follow him and Erik through this gripping tale as they introduce us to new mutants (including the powerful Emma Frost who is played by January Jones), battle Shaw to avenge the death of love ones lost and save the world from World War III, and try to find harmony between the human and mutant races.
Bottom Line: If you enjoyed the other X-Men installments don’t miss this movie.