Movie Trailer Review
By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
As disappointed fans are well aware, the early bits of promotional material for “X-Men: First Class” that were released to the public garnered an at best lukewarm reaction. The first trailer didn’t elicit the “OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!” fanboy attitude that it was presumably aiming for, and those notoriously unprofessional looking character images that circulated the Web a few months ago remain difficult to forget.
However, while this latest trailer doesn’t stray too significantly from the structure of the first one, it gives us a more detailed glimpse of what we can expect from the movie, and, though we hesitate to get our hopes too high, it looks like it might actually be very, very good.
As a summer blockbuster, we know that this film will be expected to deliver its fair share of action-movie thrills, but the reason why “X2” earned the admiration of fans while “X-Men: The Last Stand” left us underwhelmed was because the former balanced the action with genuine character-driven storytelling. “X-Men: First Class” appears to be striving towards a similar balance, and it may just achieve such a feat.
We all know that this story will tell us how Charles Xavier became Professor X and how Erik Lensherr became Magneto, but for the first time, we have a trailer that truly displays Xavier’s desperation and Lensherr’s confusion. While the earlier trailer appeared to depict two characters simply going through the motions—after all, it’s no secret which direction they are heading in—this one gives us a greater sense of the internal struggle that will destroy a friendship. Xavier appears to know exactly how much pain Lensherr has endured, and he acts like a sympathetic friend offering help.
Lensherr, on the other hand, wants to do the right thing, but having seen the worst that humanity has to offer, he is unable to forget the past.
On top of that, it looks like we’ll have an exciting climax transplanting some iconic characters into an equally iconic event in world history. It worked for “Watchmen”; maybe it can work for “X-Men.”
It’s still unclear whether this will be a classic or a flop, but for the first time, it looks as though it has a chance of being a pleasant surprise. Color us excited.
The trailer is below. Thoughts?