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Counterpoint: The Reasons X-Men: First Class is Gonna OWN

Rick here in response to Jedi Master Excalibur's article.

I am not going to argue that he makes some valid points in his article because he does and I have noted the inconsistencies that he has mentioned.  Regardless, it is still early so don't knock the flick until you see it.  I predict this one will be one of the top ones to see this summer and here is why:

Reason 1: It is NOT X-3 or X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Both of those movies stunk up the theater so bad that I almost swore off the entire franchise.  This one at least looks like it has captured the spirit of the first two movies.

Reason 2: It is directed by Matthew Vaughn.  Why is this guy important? I can tell you that he has done two prior comic to film adaptations that I dearly love.  Stardust is underrated, funny, romantic, and has one of the most original swordfights I have ever seen in a movie.  Kick-Ass was one of my favorite movies of last year.  When it comes to comic adaptations, Vaughn can do no wrong by me.

Reason 3: Vaughn is a hardcore X-Fan.  He loves the source material.  Every frame that I have see of this flick shows that this is a work of passion for him.

Reason 4: The cast.  James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Xavier and Magneto respectively alone give some weight to the movie.  They are both very talented actors who will have no problem pulling off the roles. January Jones as the White Queen is perfectly cast and she is very talented as an actress.  The rest of the X-Men are virtual unknowns which works to the advantage of the movie.

Reason 5: Kevin Bacon is in this movie.  I think nothing more needs to be said here.

Reason 6: Blue and yellow spandex.  They are going for authenticity here folks!

Reason 7: It's set in the 60s.  Which means it will be true to the source material in the sense that the original story took place in this era as well.

Reason 8: No Wolverine. I will likely get flamed for this one but I don't care.  As much as I love the character, he is over played and overused.  Wolverine is not the be all end all character of the X-Men.  There are far more compelling characters than just Wolverine. Which brings me to...

Reason 9: The Characters: We get Banshee, Angel Salvadore, Azazel, Havok, and a host of other characters that have never gotten some screen time.  The footage of Banshee was enough to get me geeking out harder than I could have EVER anticipated!

Reason 10:  They took their time: This flick was not rushed out.  One of Vaughn's provisos for making this movie was that he get to do things his way.  He dropped out of X-3 because of the unwanted studio meddling.  This time, the studio basically said, go nuts.  He did and I hope it shows for the better.

At first I dismissed this movie but as more and more footage has been trickling out, I am getting more excited.  X-Men First Class has promise to be one of the best movies of the summer.  Here's hoping they don't disappoint but considering the above, I don't think that will be an issue.
1 comments:

Very valid points, but at this point can they really undo the damage done previously? Most people will go see this movie who are fans, high or low expectations aside.

But this film is supposed to show a beginning, the before. They still run afoul with Emma Frost. She wasn't a member of the original team.

The rest seems like it MIGHT redeem the franchise, but with 3 previous films, and one other prequel, it seems the material, and thus the entire franchose is doomed unless they specifically declare themselves separate from the others.

Trying to say all of the films are set in the same Marvelverse is patronizing and low to true fans.

If this film does indeed pull off what it aims to, then perhaps we can see a future for the franchise, but it this one sinks, then X-Men will have fought there last true fight with the fans.


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