Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Classier.

Lest we forget, Planet of the Apes isn't the only Fox franchise getting a high profile prequel this summer. When X-Men: First Class was announced last summer, I think the big question mark surrounding the big budget, big risk origin tale was whether the X-Men movies had legs without the charismatic presence of star Hugh Jackman, whose Wolverine had become the de facto center of gravity for the series. And while that character's cinematic future is still in doubt after his director bolted, this new international trailer for First Class -- showing us lots of what we've already seen as well as plenty of stuff we haven't -- makes a pretty compelling case that the franchise will be just fine, and already looks like a significant step up from its two ignominious predecessors

Clearly, the friendship and rift between mutant frenemies Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is a compelling frame on which to build a story, and while McAvoy is always dependable, from this brief glimpse it looks like Fassbender has Jackman-level charisma to spare. And like the original X did for Jackman in '00, I don't doubt that First Class will elevate Fassbender, already a very well-regarded actor in industry circles, straight to the A-list in much the same way. While I was already onboard based on the names involved (director Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer), the original trailer coupled with this new one seal the deal for me. This may well end up being the biggest surprise of the summer movie season -- one where lowered expectations end up working to its advantage.

2 comments:

Adam Hutch said...

Oh snap, I can't get over how much more I'm looking forward to this than I was even a few months ago.

Sabir Pirzada said...

I think this is going to be brilliant. Really excited for this!