When I first heard about this movie, I was both excited and concerned. The original X-Men came out when I was in high school. Some credit it for being the beginning of the whole Superhero movies can actually be real movies, not campy, but good. I loved it. X-2 was alright, and X-3, well, the concept of Days of Future Past seems to negate that movie from existence, which is likely for the best. And then there was the Wolverine Origin movies. Maybe it had been so long since I had seen an X-Men movie that I actually liked the Origins series, the first time around, until other people pointed out how cheaply made, bad looking, and sloppy they were. And they were right.
Then, at long last, X-Men came back better than ever in First Class. But with a second Origin movie trying to connect two movies that are 7 years apart (that’s almost long enough for a full reboot in Hollywood time), and 13 years from the first one, it was a stretch. Plus, that movie was only marginally better (maybe? I don’t remember) than the last Wolverine movie. So, I was concerned. I was worried that bridging the two together would result in something bad that couldn’t live up to First Class.
But I liked it! Despite the issues I bring up.
I usually rank movies like this:
See it in theaters (which means I must really like it to pay $15)
Wait for Redbox (want to see it, but not that much, or it’s at least $1 good)
Maybe if it’s free somewhere (only sort of interested, or it was really bad)
Not even if it was Free (not interested, or is just terrible)
I have no regrets about seeing this movie in theaters.
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