Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon
Summary: The latest installment of the X-Men franchise takes us back to the groovy sixties. The U.S. is on the brink of war with Russia but there’s another war brewing between the emerging mutants. The movie takes us back to the first meeting between Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensher (Fassbender) who would later become Professor X and Magneto respectively. The two young heroes join forces with the CIA as well as other mutants to stop the evil Sebastian Shaw (Bacon) from starting World War 3.
Although the filmmakers took quite a few liberties with the storyline, themovie itself is quite enjoyable. I really liked the James Bond vibe it had, which reminded me of movies like Dr. No and Goldfinger. I’m sure hardcore fans will be miffed with all the changes, and it’s understandable. It’s hard to re-invent something that has such a loyal fan base, but the studios are hoping to reboot the series just like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, in order to introduce the characters to a new generation. The best way to enjoy this movie is to just forget everything else you’ve seen and just enjoy the ride.
Trivia: The filmmakers hired and “X-Men” specialist to help the cast understand their roles.
Rated: PG-13 – For intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity, and language.
Grade: B