X-Men: First Class (2011)

This movie utterly shocked me. The X-Men series had, to me, so far consisted of two good enough blockbusters, a misfire, and a flat-out terrible movie. Then comes this, a prequel that’s legitimately great, with the best performances yet, the most compelling story, and far and away the best score and visuals. It was a real surprise for me, and definitely a pleasant one.

Fassbender’s performance here is my favourite of any character in the whole series; he sells the conflict at the character’s heart so well. McAvoy is also very good, and Lawrence is a surprisingly compelling Mystique.

The period setting was a great choice. The film oozes style. Sure, it gets goofy at points (particularly the ending), but this isn’t an overtly self-serious film like some of the earlier ones, this is a good time. It’s supremely competently made.

The story isn’t nearly as complicated or convoluted as some of the earlier films, but that’s a good thing. It’s leaner and more compelling.

The film is good enough that I don’t regret sitting through “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to get to it.

I give it three and a half metal spoons, and a Nazi knife.

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