SUMMARY (from IMDB): Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
I liked X-Men (2000) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), so it was interesting to me to see how it all started. It was amazing to see the shaping of the familiar characters and some new ones who rounded up the whole story.
The WW II background setting added to the fascinating atmosphere of the film. The philosophical stand behind the film concerning the consequences of vengefulness is very close to my own belief about the matter, so I enjoyed this aspect of the film.
Overall, X Men : First Class is a suspenseful prequel to other X-Men films with great actors doing a good job in presenting the characters they play. The film is also visually attractive, the special effects are done well, but without unnecessary exaggeration.
RECOMMENDATION: A must-see for those who liked the previous X-Men films.