Matthew Vaughn directs James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender in the swinging Sixties-set prequel / soft reboot of the mutant superhero franchise.
Not as good as I remember on a belated revisit. Though that is the curse of many a summer blockbuster. Like an ice cream in the June sun, these things are only good for one afternoon. Lick it or lose it. It takes too long to get to the goods compared to Singer’s nifty first entry. And then the genuinely epic finale is ruined by Fassbender inexplicably defaulting to his natural accent. Now, we all love a bit of the brogue but Magneto has never and should never sound like a man with a grand ol’ insider tip on the horses. Sloppy execution, lengthy, but the fine ensemble just about justifies it all.
Perfect Double Bill: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
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