JoBlo.com previews this week's new releases: June 3, 2011
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Who’s In It? Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Zoe Kravitz, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones , Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Rose Byrne
Who Made It? Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Fox)
What Is It? Before they were rival Sirs Stewart and McKellan, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr were hanging out together in the groovy 1960s, collecting various mutants, fighting Kevin Bacon, and inserting themselves into historical situations like the Cuban Missle Crisis.
How’s It Look From Here? There were plenty of X-factors to produce skepticism about X-MEN: FIRST CLASS -- a rushed schedule for a super-sized summer movie chasing a predetermined release date, a potential overload of characters, and Fox's seeming insistence on dumping loads of garbage into theaters during the past decade.
By many accounts, Vaughn still managed to assemble a cool movie that takes clever advantage of the time period, offers fresh insight into familiar Marvel characters without losing anyone in the mix, introduces some new faces (if apocryphal to comic lore), and simply delivers a satisfying superhero movie. In a way, he had to -- after all, Vaughn ditched the maligned X-MEN 3 shortly before production, and later proclaimed he could have made "something a hundred times better" and "with far more emotion and heart". Did he prove it?
It may have plenty of characters, but X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is your only new choice at the multiplex this weekend. If you're not into superheroes (or you're just patiently waiting for GREEN LANTERN and/or CAPTAIN AMERICA), you'll have to settle for leftovers with the Wolfpack or CG creatures.
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