My last week in Phnom Penh is getting more and more exciting. First, school is ending this week, my reports are all done, our bags are packed for our trip to Pi, and last I happened to watch the movie premier of X-Men First Class with my husband last night. For some, it may not be that exciting but for me, this is something I look forward to and it’s such a splendid feeling to accomplish things right before we leave.
In my previous post, I have mentioned that I got 2 free ‘premier’ tickets from Legend Cinemas Cambodia for the movie X-Men First Class and prior to watching it, most of my friends have told me that it’s really a good movie. Well it really is!
Nestle and I were 10 minutes behind schedule when we arrived at the cinema and I felt a bit disappointed, because I wasn’t able to see the intro of the movie. For me seeing the introduction gives more thrill and spice to the story, plus it’s really important to arrive at least 15 minutes early at the cinema to avoid disturbing other patrons who are already settled in the seats.
James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert
January Jones as Emma Frost
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
Jason Flemyng as Azazel
Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Morgan Lily as Young Raven Darkholme / Young Mystique
Oliver Platt as Man in Black
Edi Gathegi as Armando Muñoz / Darwin
Ray Wise as Secretary of State of the United States
Bill Milner as Young Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Álex González as Janos Quested / Riptide
Demetri Goritsas as Levene
Laurence Belcher as Young Charles Xavier
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
In 1962, at the height of the Cold War, two men from different backgrounds pool their resources to bring attention to the plight of those with genetic mutations, some that give them extraordinary powers, others that make them look different. Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is an academic in genetic mutations, while Erik Lehnsherr (Mike Fassbender) is a Holocaust survivor bent on getting revenge against those responsible for his parents’ death in the concentration camps. In particular, he’s after Klaus Schmidt (Kevin Bacon) who years later has turned up as a wealthy power broker known as Sebastian Shaw, who has become involved with playing both sides of the conflict between the United States and the Soviets.
This is a true origin story showing how Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr first met and how they worked together until the formation of their divergent ideologies led them to create warring mutant factions. After watching the movie, I began to understand more how X-Men had evolved. I’ve been a fan of X-Men since I was a kid and I really love Storm. Matthew Vaughn did a fantastic job in directing the movie and it’s epic!