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VINE VOICEon 7 August 2014
This was a much needed revamp in the X-Men series after the luke-warm but successful reception of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and the disappointing ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. It dispensed with the inclusion of dozens of mutants from the comics to please all die-hard fans and also removed the CGI heavy action and frantic story in way for a more well-paced, thought out and emotional story that plays out a REAL origin story of the two figureheads of the series: Professor X and Magneto.

With such a strong cast, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender embody the roles made famous by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in a way you really can understand they are the way they are when we meet them nearly 40 years later. Both actors show their dexterity in acting, from tapping into strong emotion and heartache but also warm friendship and humour as their relationship progresses and changes over the course of the film. A clever script and thought-provoking story make it all more relevant and gives them both something to really chew over in making their characters more than just cardboard copies of who they were, both actors create who they ARE in a wonderfully engaging way. And with great support from the wonderfully sly Kevin Bacon, the gorgeous January Jones and also ever likeable Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Holt fill the other important roles with great pathos and energy. Even our young mutant heroes in the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi and Caleb Laundry Jones are easy enough to like, even though are just token additions to add the action stakes. All characters seen are used to move the story forward, not just expendable and throw-away characters to please fans.

Special mention goes to a great and inspired cameo by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, something that is referred to once again in ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’.

The film can feel a little long, but only because so much of it is spent on character development and narrative progression which is crucial to what director Matthew Vaughn wants from his film, in which that is to flesh out characters and gives us the reasons why they became the characters we met back in the original ‘X-Men’ film.

It’s a very clever and well thought out film, referred to as a blockbuster with brains, which is something why many action-heavy, CGI popcorn blockbuster audiences were wary of this film; intelligence in a blockbuster is a rare thing, but it gives fans of the series a reason to have faith in the future of the films, especially with the positive reaction for ‘Days Of Future Past’ as it lays foundations to build and develop on from a world more realistic and relevant than seen before with a cast that are strong, dedicated and understanding of the roles they are in.

The CGI action towards the end is a little touch-and-go in places, but still well staged with lots of time for the goodies and baddies to shine with their powers which makes watching the X-Men so much fun. It’s a strong film with an obvious underlying message of faith, family and friendship played out, and it’s all the better for it as it starts to strong, you can’t wait to see where it continues and thankfully we don’t have long to find out.
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on 15 October 2012
I enjoyed the first two Xmen movies but was less then impressed with the third installment. Xmen Origins Wolverine was good if not a little predictable plus I felt it went over much old ground that had been covered in X2 so I was a little cautious with this one when it came out.
I Didnt need to be this movie is incredible. I heard somewhere that the guy who directed this was offered Xmen 3 but turned it down as he didnt think he was ready for such a big movie. There are two ways of looking at this. Firstly had he of done X3 it could have been amazing and the franchise would have carried on, or secondly this movie would not have been made and that would have been a real pitty.
The movie concetrates on the relationship between a young Charles Xavier played by James Mcavoy and a young Erik Lehnsherr played be Michael Fassbender. In the original Xmen movies we gather the two men were once friends but this movie shows the level of the friendship from there first meeting to the ultimate opposite outlooks that tear there friendship apart. Macavoy is brilliant as a young Professor X and carries himself with a little swagger as he attempts to chat up college girls at the beginnig of the movie to the paitient individual we met in the fist film when he is helping to train the original Xmen. But it is Fassbender that steals it for me from his small and fleeting one liners to the intensity as he uses his powers to pull a nuclear submarine from the ocean beneath him he is truly captivating when on screen and the chemistry between he and Macavoy is something to be seen. The rest of the mutants just sort of follow along with the exception of the key bad guy Sabastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon who brings Magneto and Professor X together.
When the two friends finally go there seperate ways the pain in Magneto as he realises his friend will not join him is evident.
In closing this is an amazing superhero hero movie on par with the original two Xmen movies if not better. The cast is good the effects brilliant and a very good story. If there were a comic inspired movie out there to rival Marvel Avenger's this could be it. This is a well made movie and has a great deal of replay value.
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on 26 June 2014
I am a big X-Men fan, but am somewhat unusual in terms of appreciation of the films. While X1 & X2 are still my favourites, I didn't think X3 was that bad! Worst one was O:W.

This film is well cast, well written, well shot and for the most part well acted. Kevin Bacon does a reasonable (let's not get wild with "acting greatness"). The problem is, it doesn't really tell me anything new and suffers from the default problems most prequels have. "History" cannot be changed. After this, the amount of prequels I rate at 4 or 5 stars I can still count on one hand.

I find storytelling that looks back too much to be lazy and re-uses material instead of effort being put into something new. History looks back, stories go forwards! I would prefer film series (and X-Men is not an exception) to move forwards. For those simply interested in the background of the characters or who just need a boatload of more material, graphic novels, source books etc are a much less resource intensive way of doing that.

Still, both leads turn in a good performance that is mostly a joy to watch.
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on 19 June 2012
Bryan Singer gave the famous x men comic and cartoons life with his first two installments in the franchise and he did it very well, and with the third installment Brett Ratner pumped up the action and delivered another thrilling film. Then we got the origins of wolverine and the franchise started to decline somewhat. Now, Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass) directs and he, like Singer, does an awesome job. Taking the story right back to the origins of the forming of the x men, Jane Goldman's script makes full use of the myriad mutants and delivers a story that is both entertaining, action packed and sets up the inevitable future installments.
The cast, led by James Mcavoy who plays Xavier brilliantly and Michael Fassbender who seems to have been born to play the younger Magneto, have been put together excellently. The supporting cast, including Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence and a really funny cameo in a bar, are just as talented as the main cast. Vaughn's vision of the x men universe is very much consistent with Singer's, and despite the obvious time shift there is clear parrelilsms that make this film all the more entertaining and consistent.
The story follows Xavier and Erik as they recruite mutants and form the school we all know, they come together to stop a ruthless, determined tyrant who wants to initiate World War 3. And so an enthralling two hours is set up during which you will not be bored at any one point. The origin stories are very interesting and the action orientated set pieces are imaginitive and thrilling. The CGI has come a long way since the first four films and is flawless and never overused to the point that its a hindrance.
Overall, Vaughn has rebooted the weakening x men franchise and delivered an absolute blast of a film. Fans of x men will not be dissapointed and newcomers will be drawn into the x men world. Don't hesitate on this, get it, watch it.
The extra features are pretty poor fare, a few deleted scenes that aren't really worth bothering with. There is a digital copy to put on your ipod or computer which is cool if you want to watch it on the train or a long car journey.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 September 2015
It's an OK movie,but could have been a little better...However...that's a personal view but I'm mainly reviewing the sound and vision of this particular disc...

The sound is good with some nice steering affects, and the bass weight is good too as long as you use a sub..The front to back was good when needed in the movie itself...As to the picture quality...that was very good too and the detail exceptional...SO...if you like this series and you were wondering if the quality of the disc was good...Yes it is..!!!..Cheers
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on 31 December 2014
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were arch enemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.
A well made film about x-men origins.
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on 8 May 2012
The movie itself may not be perfect, it certainly has some great strengths, mainly the quality of acting we get from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who between them can take this franchise forward to hopefully new heights. I think the thing which stop's it from being as good as it could be was the decision to not reboot the series. Not to say that they should be rebooting a series which is hardly old at all, in a way it's good that they want to make everything fit in together with the later films but there it also stops this new series from doing whatever it wants. Personally the one thing I think most non hardcore fans would find dissapointing is the mutants, apart from the McAvoy, Fassbender and perhapss Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and January Jones's (awful) Emma Frost there is very little chance of casual fans recognizing any of the X-Men. The fact is they used most of the good ones in the original series, so other than a few whose characters makes it possible for them to be around in the 60's when the movie is set, it means we won't get another chance to see the most popular mutants done again. In particular I'm thinking about the shoddy treatment Cyclop's got in the first 3 movie's, had this been a true reboot then they would have had a chance to make him a far more interesting character.

The film is still very good though and is probably the best X-Men film yet, just narrowly better than X-2. The most important thing about the X-Men series in comparison to other comic book films is that the people with powers were born differently and didnt gain them from an accident with a radioactive spider or something. The conflict in the film between wanting to fit in and be accepted or to not fit in and be proud of what makes you different was lost a little towards the end of the last trilogy (not to mention the terrible Wolverine film) but it becomes the focus in this film again. For me that's what the X-Men have always been about and it makes them far more relatable than most other superheroes, not in that there are a ton of us running around with bone claws but the whole idea of having to fit in or not to when you're different. You don''t need to have super powers to understand that.

The Blu-Ray edition of the film is absolutely incredible. I'm struggling to think of a better quality Blu-Ray I've seen lately, the picture is absolutely perfect, the sound is great and you get it on DVD too if you ever feel like not watching it in the amazing Blu Ray quality.

Overall definitely recommended and I'm looking forward to seeing where they go with next year's sequel.
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on 30 December 2011
In a nutshell, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) wants to start World War III so that mutants can rise and humans can fall. We see the beginnings of Professor X (James McAvoy) and his X-Men, and Magneto's (Michael Fassbender) Brotherhood of Mutants.

Whilst the film is over two hours long, the time flies by. The pacing is very quick and Matthew Vaughn packs in a lot in that running time. The action is well handled and the final battle is entertaining. Fassbender gives a strong performance as the man who will be Magneto. A younger and angrier performance than Ian McKellen's excellent portrayal. McAvoy is just as good as Lensherr's friend and the X-Men's mentor.

Whilst the film cracks along at great pace, there were elements which would have benefitted from more screen time.

I felt more could have been done to show the growing bond between Xavier and Lensherr. We see them meet, we see Xavier helping Lensherr to increase his power, and then we see their parting. Their philosophical differences were prime material for development, though it felt a little squeezed out.

Similarly, there is a nice bond between Beast and Mystique, though it is perhaps wishing for too much for to develop their relationship as well.

The climactic battle is centred around the Cuban missile crisis, and though the world is on the brink of nuclear war, the final battle felt like just another fight. More could have been done to build up the wider tensions for the finale.

Aside from Shaw and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the rest of the cast are not fleshed out. That is to be expected with so many characters - even the excellent X2 struggled on this score - though the snippets we get from some characters, such as Beast, are a nice touch.

Emma Frost (January Jones) is given little to do other than look pretty. A shame that in one scene she is literally there to put more ice into Shaw's drink. The other villains have virtually no lines and are essentially superpowered henchmen.

An entertaining film that belies its running time, and a good origin story for Magneto/the Brotherhood and Xavier/the X-Men. Probably of more interest for fans of the previous X-films, though I do think there is enough here for non-X-fans to look forward to. Would be very interested in a director's/extended cut.
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on 25 August 2014
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the X-Men series was, in my opinion, always endangered by the prospect of being overshadowed & engulfed by one single character: Wolverine. Fortunately, this re-booting (re-imagining?) of the beginning of the series makes a very strong move to prevent that from happening. In brief, it gives those old & time-worn characters a new leash of life, and WHAT a life it is! Supported by a strong story, with a very profound emotional spine and aesthetically pleasing figures, this film is a delight in every sense. Highly Recommended.
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on 16 May 2013
I was so skeptical when this came out in the cinema, but getting and seeing it on DvD I wish I had seen it on the big screen. Going into the history of Charles & Eriks pasts and first encounters, which we know from previous films they were friends, the film covers the cold war era not just between Americans and Russians but between Humans and Mutants. Just a generally good all round film, either as a standalone, or as the prequel that it is. Also look out for the very brief cameo of Wolverine.. who seems to be able to sneak into everyone of the films at least somewhere.
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