X: First Class (2011)
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Like all good prequels, First Class manages to be a good film in its own right, while at the same time giving the other films in the series an added depth. I will be interesting to rewatch X-Men and X2 (or possibly even watch X3 for the first time) with this back story now part of the mix. The idea to set the X-Men in the 60s is so obvious, it's crazy no one had thought of it before. The X-Men ARE, after all, children of the decade. The comic was a product of its time, set against the paranoia of the Cold War, the Fear of the Bomb, and a budding human rights movement. (It's in fact harder to understand how the franchise thrived only much later.) First Class is a very modern production, with a well-juggled cast and memorable action/effects sequences. But it's also given a 60s spin, with groovy splitscreens and credits sequences, and a frankly Bondian spy-adventure-around-the-world feel set against real world events (the Cuban Missile Crisis). If I have one complaint, it's that the cast was so Americanized (Moira and Banshee in particular) when it could have been just as international as the film's locations. Interesting reinventions across the board though. Hoping a sequel would make good use of historical events too (I suggest the Million Man March or the Space Race)
When this movie came to the cinemas I did not want to watch it because I thought there was no way I'd like it with "those new actors". Well, that was before I knew James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender! Their chemistry and the relationship between Professor X and Magneto in this movie is amazing, their scenes were fascinating. I'm glad I incidentally saw the movie on TV one day - meanwhile I even own the DVD. An awesome film - looking very much forward to "Days of Future Past"!
everything in this movie just came together seemlessly, and it was a great ride. the friendship of magneto and xavier was thankfully believable, and the development had enough depth for everything to have a dramatic amount of weight.
if you ignore the first 3 xmen movies, you'll find an absolutely pristine action movie. 8/10
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