As I mentioned in this week’s podcast about the most anticipated films of the Summer, the only superhero movie that I have any interest in seeing is Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. The first two X-Men films were rather excellent while X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were rather underwhelming, but past franchise success has no effect on my desire to see it. Matthew Vaughn is the director of Layer Cake, one of my favorite movies of 2004, but that also has no effect on my desire to see it. Up until this week my sole interest in seeing X-Men: First Class was due to the cast.
All of the X-Men movies have lined up brilliant thespians, and First Class is no exception. Supporting players include Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Rose Byrne (Sunshine), January Jones (“Mad Men”), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), and Kevin Bacon among others. The lead roles are shared by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender – two of the brightest young actors working today. Even if Vaughn is off his game this talented batch of performs should at least be able to raise the film to something above mediocre.
A new full-length trailer has been released for X-Men: First Class courtesy of Yahoo! Movies and it actually looks like this movie could be fantastic. The action scenes are solid and don’t appear to be over-indulgent and the performances look strong. It’s very difficult and unfair to judge a film based on its trailer, but my excitement has been raised and I am beginning to see a glimmer of hope in the otherwise dim Summer movie season.
Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
X-Men: First Class will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 3, 2011.