X-Men: First Class (12A) Review by Joe Baxter

THE X-Men franchise is back the way Bryan Singer started it, thought provoking, entertaining and full of good solid action sequences.

THE X-Men franchise is back the way Bryan Singer started it, thought provoking, entertaining and full of good solid action sequences.

X-men first class is just one of four superhero blockbusters of the year, the others being Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America.

I think it is fair to say it has a lot of competition, so, is it better than Thor? Yes. Is it going to be better than Captain America and Green Lantern? Most probably.

With First Class, we head back to the 60’s during the centre of the Cuban missile crisis and follow the story of how Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) and Charles Xavier (Professor X) turned from friends to enemies.

This is a herculean task to accomplish as not only is it the most important relationship in the film, it is by far the most important in the series and to make it believable is a hard task, but Matthew Vaughn along with fine of actors such as James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender manages to make not just the best X-men film to date, not only the best entry in the Marvel film Franchise, but undoubtedly the best film of the year.

Xmen: First Class will be on at West End Cinema this week, today (Wednesday) at 5pm and 8.20pm, and Thursday at 5.30pm.