7.7/10
639,764
779 user 528 critic

X-Men: First Class (2011)

X: First Class (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 June 2011 (USA)
Trailer
2:43 | Trailer
In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Writers:

Ashley Miller (screenplay by) (as Ashley Edward Miller), Zack Stentz (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
903 ( 174)
21 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Charles Xavier (24 Years)
Laurence Belcher ... Charles Xavier (12 Years)
Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lensherr
Bill Milner ... Young Erik
Kevin Bacon ... Sebastian Shaw
Rose Byrne ... Moira MacTaggert
Jennifer Lawrence ... Raven / Mystique
Beth Goddard ... Mrs. Xavier
Morgan Lily ... Young Raven (10 Years)
Oliver Platt ... Man in Black Suit
Álex González ... Janos Quested / Riptide (as Alex González)
Jason Flemyng ... Azazel
Zoë Kravitz ... Angel Salvadore
January Jones ... Emma Frost
Nicholas Hoult ... Hank / Beast
Edit

Storyline

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Witness the beginning. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is only the second time in a Marvel film since X2: X-Men United (2003) where Stan Lee has not had a cameo appearance. See more »

Goofs

In 1962, title cards that identify Russia should really be labeled "Soviet Union". The Soviet Union wouldn't become Russia again until December 25, 1991. Although it is a common mistake, they should have known better. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles Xavier: Mother. What are you... I thought you were a burglar.
Mrs. Xavier: I didn't mean to scare you, darling. I was just getting a snack. Go back to bed. What's the matter? Go on, back to bed.I, I'll make you a hot chocolate.
Charles Xavier: Who are you? And what have you done with my mother?
Charles Xavier: [telepathically in her mind] My mother has never set foot in this kitchen in her life. And she certainly never made me a hot chocolate, unless you count ordering the maid to do it.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

SPOILER: The X-Films' title sequences features a weapon used by the villain of each film, backed by the X-Men's Cerebro device.

In this film the title appears on the side of the Nazi coin Shaw gives to young Erik Lensherr, which he later uses against Shaw. Also, as this is a prequel, Cerebro does not appear. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit of Soap
Written by Bert Berns
Performed by The Jarmels
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

User Reviews

 
Clever, exciting, funny and stylish. What more could you want?
1 June 2011 | by mad_mandonnaSee all my reviews

I love the Xmen, I won't beat around the bush. There are so many mutants, heroes and anti-heroes that you relate can to at least one of them. The franchise has had its ups and downs. The first two films made the superhero genre what it is today. Stunning set pieces, breath taking special effects and a group dynamic that was brilliantly cemented in the second film. The third struck a middle ground where the spectacle overshadowed the narrative but was still a fun ride, and the last title Xmen Origins: Wolverine, was the only miss-step in the series. Xmen first Class is really very good. It manages to keep up with the first two whilst retaining an originality in its own right.

The Direction is great, Vaughn's clearly got a knack for angles and keeping the audience engaged whilst the story chops and changes. The look of the film is modern, yet still has a 60's and almost retro look about it. The special effects are very good, though some how not quite up there with Xmen: The Last Stand. The energy is fast and relentless and the action sequences blend in with the dialogue sequences seamlessly.

The acting is very good, though Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen are definitely missed, McAvoy and Fassbender do excellent jobs and really are in keeping with the characters you already know and love. Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw are deliciously malevolent and Moira Mctaggart is perfectly pitched. My only reservation about the acting in the film is of Mystique, who I believe wasn't quite right, her motives in the film don't seem in complete continuity with the rest of the films.

A sequel has already been planned and I shall be eagerly awaiting it. Having Storm back in the series would be a personal highlight for myself, but not necessary. I would highly recommend this film to anyone that has watched the original films and even for newcomers.

One thing I will add that I have noticed since watching the original trilogy is that in 1980 Charles is walking, but according to First Class he loses this ability in the 60's...


106 of 174 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 779 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German | French | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

3 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X-Men: First Class See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,101,604, 5 June 2011

Gross USA:

$146,408,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,616,690
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed