Brian Singer was one of the producers and once again, lent his considerable soul to the storyline. You see, X-Men is Jewish at heart. And so is Singer.
The backstory for the lastest X-installment in the Marvel film franchise uses Magneto as its focus. In 1978, Jewish writer Chris Claremont defined Magneto as a survivor of Auschwitz. X-Men: First Class opens with Magneto as a young boy being observed by a Nazi scientist.
From there, things spring from the flat pages of comic book history to life. With terrific performances by James McAvoy, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Michael Fassbender, and last, but certainly not least, Kentucky-born break-out star of 2010 with her Winter's Bone performance, Jennifer Lawrence.
Lawrence will be playing the lead role in 2012's Hunger Games, the first adaptation of the best-selling young adult series by author, Suzanne Collins. She brings the same intensity audiences marveled at in Winter's Bone to her X-Men performance as a young Mystique, coming into her own as the blue-skinned shape-shifting mutant.
Cameos by Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Stamos brought cohesive authenticity to the latest Singer-inspired X-film. Kevin Bacon plays a marvelous psychopath...almost too well. Michael Fassbender's Magneto evolves before the audience's very eyes, making his villainous tendencies relatable, even sympathetic.
X-Men: First Class is the best superhero film in over a decade. Vaughn and Singer are a match made in Marvel-superhero heaven. On the Housel-scale, X-Men: First Class earns a heart-y 10/10, with no regrets or apologies. If you're an X-fan, see the movie more than once.