I like my lazy Sundays, a sleep-in followed by some PS3 (Lego Pirates of the Caribbean if you are interested), a quick tidy up of the house, and then out with Alaisdair and Tim for sushi, movies, and Max Brenner. The movie this Sunday was X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the X-Men trilogy set in 1960 before the establishment of the mutant academy starring James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (better known as Professor X and Magneto).
Let me start by saying that this movie really shows up all previous X-Men movies, making them look quite dated. It may be set in the 60’s but the special effects are simply amazing. It is all backed up by an excellent story that ties in well with the main series, the references to other movies are subtle, and the cameos are fun. But this not just a super hero story about saving the world, this is a film that blurs the lines on what ot means to be good, what it means to be evil, and what it means to be human.
The acting is top notch, James McAvoy delivers another solid performance but Michael Fassbender really steals the show here, showing just why he is fast become one of the most saught after talents. And of course there is January Jones…
X-Men: first class has far surpassed my expectations for X-Men films. It has charm, it has flair, and it has a fantastic story filled with likeable characters. It’s going straight to the top of the list for best movies this year.