Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: The Last Stand was one of the single most disappointing film experiences in my immediate memory.  In the wake of the surprisingly decent X-Men and the remarkably improved X2, the third film attempted to inflate itself into something bigger, better, full of new characters, and weighed down with a plot it couldn't sustain.  We lost Bryan Singer on that one, and we the geeks continue to lament to this very day.  Of course, things got considerably worse in 2009 with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  In some spectacular effort to add insult to injury, Fox and Marvel decided to make a film in which logic was non-existent, the more interesting characters weren't present, and the effects weren't in keeping with the bulk of its comic book blockbuster contemporaries.  Wolverine was 100 minutes of Hugh Jackman screaming at the sky, so you could bet that when the first trickles of info and teasers for X-Men: First Class came around I didn't dare get my hopes up.  As time went on, though, I came around...

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