‘X-Men’ flashback: ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011) rejuvenates the saga (Movie review)

This summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” does an in-universe reboot of the “X-Men” saga via time travel, similar to the 2009 “Star Trek” movie, which jumped back to the early days of Kirk and company, and the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which time-jumped ahead of “Terminator 3.” As such, the seven existing “X-Men” films form what I’ll call Timeline One. (Timeline Two gets a sneak preview of sorts in “Future Past,” and it will presumably start in earnest with “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.)

Continue reading “‘X-Men’ flashback: ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011) rejuvenates the saga (Movie review)”

‘X-Men’ prequel ‘First Class’ goes to the head of the class (Movie review)

Sure, there are probably dozens upon dozens of comic books that explore the early friendship between Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). But in the “X-Men” movie franchise, that relationship had only been illustrated by the allies-turned-enemies regretfully reflecting on their former friendship.

Continue reading “‘X-Men’ prequel ‘First Class’ goes to the head of the class (Movie review)”