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X-Men: First Class

A brilliant cast for a brilliant film. This prequel to the X-Men series is indeed First Class as it takes you back to the humble beginnings of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr before they became Professor X and Magneto. At the height of the cold war between the United States and Soviet Union another army is building. Sebastian Shaw is gathering together the Mutants of the world and pushing the world powers’ buttons to begin World War 3 so that in the event of a nuclear appocalypse out of the ashes they will rise. With tensions mounting it is down to Charles and Erik to save the world with their own army of Mutants. But Erik has his own secret agenda for going after Shaw.

All in all this prequel was needed really as it explains an awful lot to the backgrounds of our favourite Marvel superheroes. Featurning a fantastic cast: Kevin Bacon, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and a good cameo with Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) not playing his signature character it gets a whopping 9 out of 10 from me.

Next Review: Bad Teacher

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Thor (3D)

 

Where do I begin? Chris (“I’ve come a long way since Home and Away”) Hemsworth in pure 3D glory…from a woman’s perspective that is a good thing…film and graphical wise it was amazing. CGI brilliant, visually stunning scenes and a great cast make Thor an awesome film. With actors like Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins (sir!) they really made it an enjoyable film. And of course the complimentary cameo from Stan Lee was included. And Kenneth Brannagh directing (yes, really) and written by if I remember the credits correctly.
All in all I would give it a 10/10 for a good story and being visually appealing, but it loses half a mark for a bit of a slow start, Chris Hemsworth’s bad accent (stick to being an Aussie!) and the mushy stuff. Final score 9.5/10. Marvel you have done us proud again! I look forward to seeing Thor return in The Avengers (with Samuel L Jackson – this proves it is worth staying till after the credits stop rolling).