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‘X-Men’ is worth getting excited over

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 9:32 am

We’re almost halfway through 2011, and so far this has got to be the most mediocre year for film in recent memory. Thus far, we have not seen many outright terrible movies — no more than in any other year, anyway. But it seems like every week brings yet another film that toes that uneasy line between the barely passable and the outright unacceptable — movies like “Fast Five” and “Thor” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which are too intermittently entertaining to be called “bad,” but too lethargic and by-the-numbers to truly be worth your time and money.

It’s a privilege, then, to write about Matthew Vaughn’s franchise “pre-boot,” “X-Men: First Class.” At last, here’s a summer “event” movie worth getting excited about — one that thrills its audience not by overloading them with sound and fury and chaos, but by enveloping them in a solid story with interesting characters and deliberate, carefully measured action sequences. The result is, for my money, the best “X-Men” entry to date, and certainly the best live-action spectacle we’ve seen this year.

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