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X-Men First Class

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Magneto and Charles

dir. Matthew Vaughn


Jet-setting mutants and alterna-Cold War history sound like the perfect combination, doesn’t it? And yet Matthew Vaughn’s take on the X-Men franchise, produced by Bryan Singer, is a combination of great concepts mixed with the boredom of rebooting a franchise that is now popular. The logistics of which can be summed up by this New York article: Kinberg’s X-Men: First Class is a more tangible case of casting downward while maintaining a healthy brand. It centers around the familiar characters of Magneto and Professor Xavier, which justifies its marketing under the X-Men brand, but it’s a prequel, which means it stars all new actors, mostly up-and-coming. They won’t strain the budget, let alone take a piece of the gross.

Which is an unfortunate thing to consider when Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon and James McAvoy–even if he does constantly remind one of a British Zach Braff–are welcome additions to a tonally different franchise. Here it’s more like “Fun With History” than a straight adaptation of the actual “X-Men: First Class” series.

…that’s it.


Written by john lichman

June 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm