#144: X-Men: First Class, 2011.
I really regret not watching this at the cinema now; I thought it was amazing. The film was far more enjoyable than the previous X-Men films, with much better acting talent on a broad scale, with more humour and a solid story line. On top of that, it was great to see the way in which the origins of the X-Men were portrayed. Not only that, but the film introduced characters that are generally less well known, such as Darwin.
In terms of acting, I thought James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were absolutely phenomenal. They had the chemistry needed for the relationship between the characters, suited their characters perfectly and generally just made the film excellent. I also really enjoyed the performance Kevin Bacon gave; usually I’m not a big fan but he pulled out all the stops in this one. As for the plot, the storyline was much stronger and well thought out than the previous films. I really do hope that this marks the start of a new series of X-Men films, with the same team working on them.
To summarise, X-Men: First Class provides a pretty high bench mark that all comic book character films should aim to surpass. Even people who aren’t fans of such things, my girlfriend for example, can find something they enjoy about this film. On top of that, there are top performances from British actors, and the talent of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender needs to be duly noted.