Thursday, February 10, 2011

X-Men: First Class gets a classy and low-key teaser.


In contrast to the pomp and circumstance that made up the first teasers for Thor, Green Lantern, and Captain America, X-Men: First Class comes out looking like... a prestige picture? Well not really, but the mood is low-key and the goal is establishing the tone (somber and fearful) and the time (1960s). There is a distinct lack of razzle-dazzle in Matthew Vaugn's high-toned compositions, and the few 'money shots' (the floating ship at the end, the glimpse of young Nightcrawler) feel integrated into the story. I'd argue that the trailer will likely leave casual fans feeling a bit confused, especially those without a token grasp of world history, but this is obviously a piece for the hardcores, the ones who have already bought their tickets. On the surface, we're basically getting not a rip-roaring action-adventure, but a character-driven drama that doubles as an acting duel between James MacAvoy (young Professor Xavier) and Michael Fassbinder (young Magneto). Despite being an origin story, X-Men: First Class seems to have the most chance of the major comic book adaptations this summer of breaking out of the mold, of telling a genuinely original story within the comic book trappings. This one comes out June 3rd and, as always, we'll see...

Scott Mendelson

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you bring Singer back into the fold...and adding Vaughn.

I've been saying for a while now...sleeper hit of the summer...best Marvel film of the summer (and it's not apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...go figure).

Isaac said...

You know what? I'm suddenly interested in this film again! Good trailer!

Razorgeist said...

Hmm very nice. I'll bite I wasn't really interested in this movie before now its got me hooked.

geha714 said...

Looks like the young Nightcrawler is really Azazel, his dad.

Vaughn has a very stylish but not hyperactive approach to the material. He can deliver the goods and even when he fails (Stardust IMHO), you can see he loves what he's doing.

Still, nothing tops Layer Cake. That movie just rocks. Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Colm Meaney and Sally Hawkins are great. The script is great and Vaughn's work is excellent. I hope a follow-up can be made soon.

Anonymous said...

I think the blue character is Beast.

Isaac said...

You know what? I'm suddenly interested in this film again! Good trailer!

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you bring Singer back into the fold...and adding Vaughn.

I've been saying for a while now...sleeper hit of the summer...best Marvel film of the summer (and it's not apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...go figure).

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