X-Men: First Class

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Action-adventure. Written by Bryan Singer. Directed by Matthew Vaughn

FILM SYNOPSIS: The sequel is actually a prequel, which unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Though the mutants fear that humans will want them destroyed because of their powers, the mutants still find themselves protective of the human race. When a villainous super-power, played by Kevin Bacon, causes the Cuban missile crises in order to lead to mankindís destruction (so they can rule without pesky humans hanging around), the newly formed league of dynamic do-gooders find themselves battling both the evil mutants and the suspicious government leadership. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The violence is excessive, the dialogue is peppered with profanity, which seems out of place in the alternate universe of graphic book mythology, and the writer uses the Cold War, and especially the Cuban missile crises, as fodder for his comic book come to the screen tale of action and metaphor. I donít think you can actually call this revisionist history, as it is make-believe. They are, after all, superheroes from a Marvel magazine, super beings who can fly, or read your mind, or turn into a ball of fire. Still, those 13 days in 1962 were a tense time for the real world, a global drama that could literally have led to Armageddon. That true life incident deserves more respectful cinematic attention than a cartoonish send-up. (Rent The Missiles of October, or 13 Days).

Thatís the bad, or silly. The good, or engaging: the incredible special effects, a terrific bad guy performance by Kevin Bacon, and,Öwell, incredible special effects and a terrific bad guy performance by Kevin Bacon. Thatís about it. Itís loud, with lots of colorful movement, and if youíre in the right AMC theater, the seats vibrate with the intensity of a non-destructive earthquake. (Some may find that annoying.)

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One use of the f-word by Hugh Jackman in a cameo; a couple of minor expletives.

Profanity: Three profane uses of Godís name and three misuses of Jesusí name.

Violence: Though the explosions, shootings, beatings and other assaults stay within the PG-13 manifest, they do so just barely. Those who attend every actioneer that comes out may not notice the excess of violence here. No blood.

Sex: At one point a young girl attempts to seduce an older man, but he lets her know she is worth more than just a sexual dalliance.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes +
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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