Wednesday, November 9, 2011

X-Men: First Class DVD Review

X-Men:  First Class
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for...Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

Directed by:  
Matthew Vaughn

Screenplay by:  
Ashley Edward Miller
Zack Stentz
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn

Story by:
Sheldon Turner
Bryan Singer

Executive Producer:
Stan Lee
Josh McLaglen
Tarquin Pack

Produced by:
Gregoray Goodman
Simon Kinberg
Lauren Shuler Donner
Bryan Singer

Cast:  (in credits order)
Charles Xavier - James McAvoy
Charles Xavier (12 y/o) - Laurence Belcher
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto - Michael Fassbender
Young Erik - Bill Milner
Sebastian Shaw - Kevin Bacon
Moira MacTaggert - Rose Byrne
Raven/Mystique - Jennifer Lawrence
Mrs. Xavier/Mystique - Beth Goddard
Young Raven (10 y/o) - Morgan Lily
The Man In Black - Oliver Platt
Janos Quested/Riptide - Alex Gonzalez
Azazel - Jason Flemyng
Angel Salvadore - Zoe Kravitz
Emma Frost - January Jones
Hank McCoy/Beast - Nicholas Hoult
Sean Cassidy/Banshee - Caleb Landry Jones
Armando Munoz/Darwin - Edi Gathegi
Chief Warden - Corey Johnson
Alex Summers/Havoc - Lucas Till
Levene - Demetri Goritsas 
Colonel Hendry - Glenn Morshower
William Stryker Sr. - Don Creech
CIA Director McCone - Matt Craven
Captain - Michael Ironside
Hellfire Highroller - Andy Callaghan
Pole Jaw - Lukas DiSparrow Dorula
Logan/Wolverine - Hugh Jackman
Mystique (older) - Rebecca Romijn

My Thoughts~!!

I thought this sequel was an excellent addition and that the writers, directors and actors did a remarkable job at portraying the X-Men franchise.  I loved Kevin Bacon in his role of Sebastian Shaw, he brought a level of evil to the movie that was required to show you how Magneto became who he did.

I liked watching the relationship between Erik and Xavier and how they bonded, though I am still unsure how Mystique came to be an enemy of Xavier, perhaps that story is for another time.  I would've loved to have seen her thoughts brought more into the story for truly, this story should have been about the three of them and felt that Mystique's back story had an opportunity to grow here but the writers left most of her edge out.

As always, I enjoy watching the special effects and seeing which of the X-Men characters the writers decided to use...while I liked some of their choices, there were a few that left me wondering if there wasn't a better choice for inclusion. 

I think this would make a great addition to anyone's home library and the extras on the DVD were just as interesting to watch as we are taken back stage and behind the scenes of the cast and crew of the X-Men.  There the viewer learns about the trials and tribulations about making this sequel and their decisions for some of the ideas they had.  Also included is the movie's official trailer.

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by I see it~!! **