Everything tagged with “James McAvoy”

  1. Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse

    Throughout my whole adult life, there have always been X-Men films, so when the 20th Century Fox fanfare segues into the X-Men fanfare as it does every time, I can't deny I get a little thrill from it. There's something of the elder statesman about the X-Men franchise, now in its sixteenth year without any serious rebooting or recasting; in the same time frame, we've seen three Peter Parkers, two Clark Kents, two Bruce Waynes and two sets of the Fantastic Four family. Even the Great Marvel Cinematic Universe has only been going for eight years.

  2. Review of X-Men: First Class

    Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the X-Men franchise after the risible X-Men: Last Stand and the sloppy Wolverine origins story. The '60s setting allows for a lighter tone than previous instalments but Michael Fassbender's intensity as Erik Lehnsherr takes the film to some dark places.

  3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

    Let's get this out of the way at the start; yes, this film has a Christian analogy in it, and no, it doesn't matter. Impressionable children are unlikely to notice or be affected by it (which is more or less how it was with the books), and impressionable adults will have made their minds up about the whole thing already anyway, so it's all OK. Relax, Mrs. Toynbee. Breathe.