X-Men: First ClassAgainst all odds, we make it out to another new release: “X-Men: First Class,” a prequel to the previous four “X-Men” films. For a superhero movie, this movie doesn’t forget that character counts, and that the conflict within is just as important as the conflict between characters and people.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne… almost the whole ensemble brings their best to the screen. Almost.

With a strong plot, great performances, and nearly flawless effects, our expectations were beyond met. In Matthew Vaughn’s capable hands, this summer blockbusters sets the stage for a solid reboot of a well-established franchise. Even though we’ve seen a lot of where they end up, want to see what comes next for these young mutants.