THE STORY BEGINS.
This attempt to jump-start the franchise by taking it in a new direction tells the story of how the young Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) learned how to use their powers and collaborate until they realized that their perceptions of the human race clashed a little too much. Matthew Vaughn places the climax smack in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis and has fun with the period details. Overlong, but has plenty of action and boasts excellent work by an enthusiastic cast, including the two leads and Kevin Bacon as the head villain.
2011-U.S. 132 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Gregory Goodman. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Cast: James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon… Nicholas Hoult, January Jones, Oliver Platt, Michael Ironside. Cameo: Hugh Jackman.
Trivia: Singer was allegedly considered as director. Followed by X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).