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Review: X-Men First Class!

Another year, another summer packed with enough comic book adaptations to sink a convention centre full of overweight virgins...

But unlike your Captain Americas, and Green Lanterns, the latest X-Men offering is taking things back to origin territory, hence the dodgy ’60’s dress sense and Cold War setting.

First Class rewinds to the days when Charles Xavier walks rather than wheels himself around, flirts with Cambridge students and uses James Bond-esque tech to track down other mutants in an attempt to form an army of awesome freaks.

James McAvoy is convincing as the well-spoken Professor, while a slick Michael Fassbender (stop laughing at the back) does a stellar job of turning Magneto into a badass… a badass on a mission to beat the crap out of the Nazi doctor who killed his parents.

But let’s take a second to talk about some of the eye candy on offer. We’re talking January Jones (spicy), Rose Byrne (foxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (up-and-coming sexpot), all of whom sport either extremely tight garments or skimpy lingerie throughout.

The CGI may be a bit of a let down and the constant flitting between American cheese (it’s what’s inside that counts) and extremely serious storylines (persecution of Jews in WWII) make for inconsistent viewing. But watching a man single-handedly lift a submarine out of the water makes up for that.

In a Nutshell
A heart-stopping action romp that attempts to be more serious than previous offerings, and suffers a bit for its ambition.

8/10

X-Men: First Class is unleashed on Blu-ray & DVD on 31 October!

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