One of my oldest son's favorite movies to watch this summer was the X-Men trilogy. Fortunately, the whole family enjoys the movies, too. We really wanted to see X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in the theaters, but we didn't get a chance. We were very excited when we received a copy of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in the mail Friday, which was the same day as the DVD release. Here is the synopsis:
Before they were superheroes, the fate of humanity depended on an extraordinary group of youngsters who went on to become X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Based on the international bestselling Marvel Comics franchise, this box office hit burst onto Blu-ray and DVD Friday, September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. For the first time ever, "X-Men" fans will have the power to choose a side between Professor X and Magneto with two versions of premium collectible Blu-ray packaging. Also exclusively on Blu-ray, fans receive access to over two hours of special interactive features PLUS ten Marvel "X-Men" Digital Comics including a never-before-seen "X-Men: First Class" backstory-redeemable through each Blu-ray's unique packaging code.
Director Matthew Vaughn tells the true origins of the multi-billion dollar film franchise, guiding exceptional performances by Golden Globe® - nominee James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Golden Globe® - winner Kevin Bacon. A "rare movie event that balances an intelligent story with solid performances, first-rate action and top-of-the-line special effects" (Ben Lyons, E!), X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has drawn an impressive $150 million at the domestic box office and nearly $350 million worldwide.
Before Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time, working together to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. The film features a star-studded supporting cast including Academy Award® - nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), January Jones ("Mad Men"), Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later), Zoe Kravitz ("Californication"), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Lucas Till (Walk the Line), and Emmy Award® - nominee Oliver Platt ("The West Wing").
My thoughts: I have really enjoyed watching the first three X-Men, and this newest release is no exception. This movie helped me understand the history of both Professor X and Magneto, and how their characters began. It also gives us insight on their friendship, as well as how they parted ways. We learn about how Magneto's childhood affected his life, and how Professor X was paralyzed. We are thrown into the history of the timeline that starts at the Holocaust and ends with the Cuban Missile Crisis. If you loved watching the other three movies, I would definitely recommend watching X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the product.