X-Men: First Class

November 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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This movie was better than I thought it would be.  It was the best of the X-Men series, though I realize that is not saying a lot.  It created a successful back story that explained various characters, motivations and relationships seen in the other films.  While this history differs entirely from the one(s) presented in the comics, it is more succinct and far less silly than those ones are.  The story, dialogue and character development were better than most comic book movies but not as good as the best.  The special effects were par for the course (nothing eye-catching) but this was far and away one of the best comic book movies visually, just because the early 60s fashions/ décor was so much fun to watch.  It’s not as great as the gothic-fascism of the Tim Burton Batman sets, the stunning colors of Sin City, or the tongue-in-cheek cartoonishness of Dick Tracy, but better than anything else I can think of in the genre.

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