X-Men: First Class (US, 2011)

Reinvigorating a franchise

I enjoyed Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies as they combined pyrotechnics with a thoughtful presentation on the effects of being different. The openly-gay Singer celebrated getting a ‘coming out’ scene (ie the mutant telling his parents) into a mainstream movie. By the third of the trilogy there were more yawns to the buck than excitement so it was reboot time. Like JJ Abrams’ reworking of Star Trek First Class takes us back to when the crew were first put together and so is set during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

It repeats Singer’s success with a terrific group of younger actors; Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is particularly compelling. I’ll be surprised if there’s a better superhero movie about this summer and there’s a marvellous cameo by Wolverine (who has his own movies now).

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