X-Men: First Class

Rated 3.0

In continuing with the origin stories that began with the widely panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class goes way back to show us the beginnings of Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and a few other mutants who aren’t half as interesting. Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) does a fantastic job with the origin stories of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Professor X and Magneto respectively. Charles is free of his wheelchair, with his head full of hair, and played with boatloads of charm by James McAvoy. Michael Fassbender is chillingly cool as the man who becomes Magneto. As for other mutants, including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, the film feels like a bit of a Harry Potter rip-off. Still, Fassbender and McAvoy, along with a Cuban Missile Crisis subplot, make this one worth watching.