If you’ve already seen X-Men: First Class, then you probably understand what all the hype’s about. Yours truly reviewed the film here, but there was much I left out. The cast was almost uniformly excellent, grounded as they were by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender’s turns as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto respectively. Kevin Bacon and January Jones were also clearly having fun with their respective roles as Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost.
But what about the rest of the ensemble? Were there any standouts? Most assuredly there were, and top of the list, in our opinion, was Jennifer Lawrence playing Raven/Mystique. It was a heavy supporting role, and difficult, in many respects. As Charles’ consort-of-sorts for so many years, Lawrence had to wear a gamut of masks in the presence of Xavier: trusted friend, daughter-like child, blossoming woman…and finally independent individual.
Of course, being blessed with good looks helps, but Lawrence is more than just another pretty face with long legs (although, of course, those attributes don’t hurt). At 20, Lawrence’s performance often felt wise beyond her years. If you’ve seen the actress’ role of Norah in Mel Gibson’s The Beaver, then you know the Louisville, Kentucky native shines alongside major, established talent.
Source: Cinema Spy