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X-Men First Class is the new prequel to the original X-Men film trilogy. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass) and written by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-2, Superman Returns) who have both tried something new and fresh with the X-Men franchise as well as trying to return X-Men to its former glory after the forgettable X-Men 3, but did they pull it off?…well yes and no. The majority of this film is well acted and stylishly shot but it falters by trying to cram too much into one film and as a result few of the characters get to be explored beyond them showing off their mutant powers. The story of First Class revolves around the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (Michael Fassbender) both played really well by McAvoy and Fassbender though the latter being my standout of the film. Fassbender seems to relish his role as Erik aka Magneto and the first hour of the film shows him Nazi hunting his way through Europe trying to hunt down Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) in order to avenge his family, which for me was the most enjoyable part of the film.
Once Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto become acquainted they decide to use cerebro in order to hunt down and recruit a number of young mutants who are as follows: Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy / Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz), Sean Cassidy / Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Armando Muñoz / Darwin (Edi Gathegi) and Alex Summers / Havok (Lucas Till). All of whom are a mixed bag in terms of acting ability and character development. Banshee, Beast and Raven / Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) get the luck of the draw as their characters get the most to do and are the most interesting of the young uns, whereas the others fall short and don’t feel as developed as the rest, one even getting the chop before halfway through the film which felt a bit cheap.
The villain of this piece Sebastian Shaw who is portrayed by Kevin Bacon is one of the more interesting characters though still feels a bit flat in places, but what makes up for this are his powers (Shaw possesses the ability to absorb kinetic energy and transform it into raw strength) and his henchmen Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Janos Quested / Riptide (Álex González) and Emma Frost / White Queen (January Jones). Both Riptide (whos able to create tornados from thin air) and Azazel (father of nightcrawler) have interesting powers but thats where their character development ends, as both of them have about one line each the entire film. Emma Frost / White Queen on the other hand has allot more screen time and lines but her character is equally as flat as those without any which is a shame cause she had potential to be one of the more interesting mutants.
Now thats all of the characters out of the way what of the story? As I have said before the whole story is based around the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto. Every other story element feels like its just been thrown in as filler, even Sebastian Shaw who seems to want to start a war for no apparent reason by way of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also woven into the story as with every other X-Men film is the story of mutant acceptance in a human world (zzzzzz).
SUMMERY: Though this film had a promising start it seemed to falter at the halfway point. Story elements were patched together, characters were undeveloped, acting was here and there, special effects were ok, but ultimately the film was saved by a few great action sequences and Fassbender and McAvoy who stole the show whenever they were on screen together. So all in all an average film aswell as an average X-Men film.
My Rating- 3/5
IGN: Can you tell us about Beast?
Nicholas Hoult: I play Dr. Hank McCoy and he later on becomes Beast. He’s a young scientist – a very clever guy – but a little bit shy and awkward around the girls and just socially awkward around the group. He’s a good guy, but it’s hard work. He’s a great scientist though and he comes up with all of these inventions that sometimes work and sometimes don’t, and then he tries out a serum from Mystique’s DNA to try and stop his feet from appearing apelike and massive, so he can fit in because he’s very self-conscious about it, and unfortunately that goes wrong and he becomes the Beast that we know from the other films and cartoons and comics. He’s very urbane and witty and a shrewd guy. It’s fascinating to see the difference, when he becomes the Beast, from this very animalistic and scary-looking character. The Beast we’ve got is very different to Kelsey Grammar’s Beast. People are quite intimidated by it, and it’s great to have that with the contradiction of the character with somebody who’s not that comfortable with himself.
IGN: What goes into the Beast make-up?
Hoult: The costume is four hours. It’s a mask, which is stuck onto my face with a headpiece, and that takes the majority of the time, getting it to look right with the teeth and contact lenses. They’ve done a fantastic job creating this face that moves with my expressions. I have to make the performance bigger underneath it, but it moves a lot. They give me a muscle suit, obviously, and that’s pretty much the gist of it. Lots of fur, which I eat a lot of by accident.
IGN: How do you feel in the muscle suit?
Hoult: I feel like such a tart when I take it off! At the end of the day the muscle suit comes off and I look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘You’re pathetic.’ It’s really quite horrible.
IGN: How did you get the role?
Hoult: It was very last minute. I was over in Australia starting work on Mad Max, and then heard that that got delayed and so rang the agent and said, ‘Quick, I need a job.’ They said, ‘X-Men’s going – get on tape tomorrow.’ I went and auditioned in Australia the next day, and in the middle of the night – about three o’clock in the morning Australian time – I got a phone-call saying, ‘You’ve got to get on a plane and come back and screen-test – they’re moving really quickly.’ So I flew back and auditioned with Matthew [Vaughn, the director] and Jennifer Lawrence who plays Mystique, and I thought it went terribly. Got on a plane back to Australia majorly depressed, but found out a couple of days later that I’d got the role and then it was getting lots of scans and casting of my body to fit all the makeup.
IGN: How much did you know about Beast? Are you an X-Men fan?
Hoult: A fair bit. Obviously I was a fan of the films, but I was a big fan of the cartoons growing up. I saw a lot of those and read some of the comics. I knew a fair bit about Beast. He’s a lot of people’s favourite character and he’s just a very cool character. When I found out that I got the role I texted a mate saying I was going to be playing him and the message back was, ‘Don’t f**k this up or I’ll attach blades to my hands like Wolverine and kill you.’ You kind of realise how much these characters mean to people – well, and to me. You want to do right by everyone if you can.
IGN: Did you start going through back issues of the comics to learn more or was it all in the script?
Hoult: There was a lot in the script for the scenes Hank’s in, but you can never do enough preparation. So I read a lot of the comics again and went over and tried to pick out words that he used a lot to try and build into the performance. The more you learn, the more you could say, ‘No, I don’t think he’d say this,’ and just have more to play with, rather than making it up as you go along. Obviously, this character’s not the same as in some of the comics, where he’s a football player/athlete character and a bit of a jock. He’s different in that sense.
IGN: Are you ready to be an action figure?
Hoult: Yeah, that is something that’s very cool, and that’s something that when I’m in the Beast costume, and I’m boiling hot, and hungry and dehydrated and we’ve been sitting in it for 11 hours, someone says, ‘Nick, it’s alright, you’re going to be an action figure.’ You have to kind of go, ‘Yeah, actually, this is very cool.’ It’s very exciting and next year I’ll have Christmas presents for people!
IGN: It’s a crowded marketplace for superhero movies this summer – what’s going to set this movie apart from the competition?
Hoult: Obviously Matthew Vaughn’s directing style – with films likeKick-Ass and Layer Cake – is going to bring a nice twist to the X-Men realm. And it’s a really great story they’ve come up with. It’s not necessarily true to the word to the comics, but it’s a great tale about how the X-Men came about, and Magneto and Xavier’s relationship. I think, hopefully, all the X-Men fans will really enjoy it. I don’t know what the other films coming out that summer are going to be like, so I can’t tell what will set this apart particularly, but from what I’ve seen there’ll be lots of great action.
IGN: Does Beast get any of that action?
Hoult: I get some very cool action. Azazel and I have a great fight at one point. So far the stunts that I’ve done I’ve been rubbish at. I took a big hit on my head, and a big hit on my foot so far. Spinning around on wires and stuff. There’s definitely some very cool action. I’m in the Beast suit for the final fight, which we’re about to shoot in Georgia, and that’s going to be very tricky negotiating the suit and the heat and everything.
X-Men: First Class is released worldwide at the start of June.
Below are four character trailers for Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) , Havok (Lucas Till) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). In these trailers we get to see allot of new shots from the film and to be honest I think its looking very promising.
BEAST: Nicholas Hoult as Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy / Beast: a former scientist and political activist who transformed into a frightening looking mutant by an attempt to cure himself, but is kind at heart.
BANSHEE: Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy / Banshee: a mutant with the ability of hypersonic screaming and flight.
HAVOK: Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok: A mutant who has the ability to absorb cosmic energy and discharge blasts from the energy.
MYSTIQUE: Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme / Mystique: a dangerous shapeshifting mutant.
Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film by Matthew Vaughn. In the trailer we get to see a few new scenes including Banshee in flight, an unknown mutant stamping on the floor causing multiple guards to be blown up, magneto flinging an anchor into a boat and another unknown mutant rising from the sea. All of these scenes can be glimpsed from about 58 seconds into the trailer. Check it out below.
X-Men First Class brings a few new mutants to the table such as Havok and Banshee, But it also brings back some old favourites from the original X-Men films and Mystique is one of them (originally played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in X-Men 1,2 & 3). Mystique (real name Raven Darkholme) is played by Jennifer Lawrence in Mathew Vaughns upcoming film, and recently on her website JenniferLawrenceDaily.com a new photo of her as her on screen character has been revealed. Check it out below.
X-Men First Class hits theatres on June 3 2011.
Here are two new posters for the upcoming film X-Men First Class. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, Ray Wise, Zoe Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi and Jason Flemying.
X-Men First Class shows the origins of the X-Men team, and how Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherrs friendship came and went, leading them to become the rivals Professor X and Megneto.
X-Men First Class hits theaters on June 3 2011.
Q: (Yesa) Who is your favorite super hero, and why?Lucas Till: My favorite superhero has always been Batman. Although being a billionaire is nearly impossible for myself, it’s still a lot easier than being born an alien or exposing myself to radioactive waste and hoping for the best.Q: (Anonymous) Why did you decide to play the role of Havok?
Lucas: I decided to play the role of Havok after an extensive audition process and wanting to be a superhero my entire life and seeing unemployment on the “less than” side of the inequality.Q: (Amanda) Did you do any research for your role beforehand?
Lucas: Fox was actually thoughtful enough to make it someone’s job on X-Men to give anyone who wanted it, copies of the comics relevant to our characters’ entire story lines, and that was all the research I really needed.Q: (Nick) What was it like to play a character like Havok, having to live up to being the brother of Cyclops?
Lucas: To play Havok is the chance of a lifetime, or at least until they recast me in the next one, but seriously it’s a dream fulfilled to step into Alex Summers’ shoes.Q: (Susan) What did you enjoy the most about getting into the X-Men Universe?
Lucas: The best thing about stepping into the X-Men universe is all of your friends texting you saying, “Dude, I might actually go see this one you’re in. Good job man.”Q: (Fred) Do you enjoy the power you have in this movie, and if you could have any power you wanted which would you choose?
Lucas: I love the power Havok possesses so much, but i have the feeling I wouldn’t have as much control as he would so I’ll say I would rather have the power to fly. Always have wanted to control flight on my own.Q: (Marcus) Will Havok be a team leader like Cyclops or more rebellious and wild like in the comics?
Lucas: I would say the character you find in this movie will be more reminiscent of the comic version. That’s why he’s Havok and not Cyclops.Q: (Caleb) What was it like being cast in a film of this size? How do you feel about having been part of the movie?
Lucas: I feel so appreciative to be a directly involved in something I have been a part of the fanbase of for as long as I can remember. Once I see my performance in the movie, it may drastically affect my answer next time I am asked, however.