First, The Good. I really like the tone envoked with JFK’s speech at the start of the trailer. It quickly grabs you and, even though you know from the first shot that it is X-Men, makes the movie feel different from all the rest. And the 1960’s time period seems to be really working for the film. It won’t just be a little point in the film; the time period will really impact what happens to the characters. That was all great.
Now, the bad. The CGI looks very sloppy. The film is being rushed to theaters, and it feels as though the effects seem half done in this minute and a half trailer alone. Also, I wasn’t digging the acting. Sure, all we really see and hear is Xavier and Magneto, but James McAvoy still seems miscast to me. But who knows, maybe he’ll surprise me. This trailer makes me aprehensive, but I trust Matthew Vaughn, and I hope he’ll deliver an X-Men movie worthy of its pedigree.
The teaser trailer:
X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
X Men: First Class opens May 3, 2011.
WTF?! Why do they have a blow-up doll?