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TheGameEffect | X-Men: First Class Review

First Class represents a return to the pulpy, campy origins of comic books themselves, seeking – in both style and narrative – to capture its lighthearted, fun-loving roots. While First Class often relies upon easy clichés and borderline silly costuming (one reviewer made the shockingly accurate comparison to Austin Powers,) the film might not be so disappointing if it weren’t for its predecessors. In a franchise that – at its best – created characters with emotional depth and nuance, it’s hard to overlook the fact that First Class had at its very fingertips the possibility of fully mining and exploring its characters’ origins; of cutting right to the very beginning of these mythic heroes and their psychological complexities.

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