Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Looking Back at X-Men First Class


Matthew Vaughn’s take on Marvel’s surplus superheroes brought back the enthusiasm I had when I first saw the original X-Men movie back in 2000. It’s no wonder why Marvel was so desperate trying to get him on board for the third installment of the X-Men movie franchise. He’s already got a great resume that will make any movie producer pick him out of the rest. Among his film creative highlights include Kick-Ass, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Stardust and Snatch. I had wished that it was him who did X-Men The Last Stand, but I’m glad he got on with Marvel on a fresh start with X-Men First Class.



I must say that X-Men First Class movie was an improvement over the last 2 sequels produced in 2000 and 2003. In Vaughn’s X-Men the story was about the X-Men and how they banded together for a reason that is common to them and to ease in humanity about the unpopular idea of a mutant race. While X2 and X-Men The Last Stand were centered around the character of Wolverine and a messy ending of the X-Men in their “Last Stand,” to be honest I was expecting to see those giant Sentinels in the third film, but I was disappointed. Although one Sentinel did appeared for about 13 seconds and it was in the Danger Room. But more than that I was expecting X-Men The Last Stand to be entirely different, I mean seeing Wolverine leading the X-Men was a bit off. I wouldn't complain if Ratner gave him his "moment of truth" in the movie but the movie should not have been about him - as was the case for the third film.

The thing about movies and comic books is that most directors could never get it right, with the exception of Bryan Singer’s first X-Men and Vaughn’s latest take on the same. Fans go to the movies to see something similar to the comic books. Stuff like their heroes’ origins, battles or even failures but the main thing is that the movie must not deviate from what’s on the comic books. The director can explore his creative side when tackling a comic book movie but he should never strip it of its original form and repackage it as his own. Vaughn’s creativeness doesn’t interfere with the original story lines in the comic books and if anything he seems to affirm it.

The 2011 X-Men film has grossed more than $350 million domestically and worldwide and already Marvel and Disney are on the verge of producing another X-Men film slated for a 2014 release. We are not sure yet if Vaughn will return to helm the sequel but the actors expressed their enthusiasm in reprising their roles. Personally I would love to see Matthew Vaughn back in the director's seat and new members added to the team as well as new villains too.

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