June 6, 2011 1 Comment
There’s a great benefit the follow-up to a bad movie has before it’s even been screened for the first time. No matter how good or bad it may be, it likely cannot be worse than the previous one. Fans went into Batman Begins knowing that whatever they saw would surpass Batman and Robin. And those left disappointed by X-Men: The Last Stand likely went into First Class with the thought that it simply had to be somewhat better.
I make the lofty comparison between the Batman and X-Men franchises because just like the movie from the Distinguished Competition, Marvel’s merry mutants have pulled off a miraculous turnaround from the gratuitous action nonsense that Last Stand had been into an origin story filled with likable characters, interesting dynamics, and (if you can believe it) little-to-no Wolverine.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should probably stop right here and avoid the SPOILERS I will be getting to after the jump. If that’s the case, I’ll leave you with this. X-Men: First Class is, in my opinion, the best movie in the franchise, only argued by X2: X-Men United. Instead of reading this blog, you should go see it. Actually, click on the jump link and give us the page hit. THEN go see it. And then come back.