★★★★☆ USA / 2h12m. Adventure. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) and Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer (story). Cinematography by John Mathieso. Edited by Lee Smith, Eddie Hamilton. Music by Henry Jackman. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon.
The fifth installment in the X-Men film series, First Class is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and focuses on the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively, as they deal with the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw, a mutant supremacist bent on enacting nuclear war.