High Hopes

Posted by on February 11th, 2011 at 10:05 AM

The young X-Men sort out the Cuban Missile Crisis. Love the music. Amazing how the right tune can make mutant power displays seem ominous, though it helps if the missile crisis is involved and the camera keeps moving in from high up, helicopter high, and then edging down a little toward a stately mansion or a battleship.

I saw the clip at the Guardian, where the writer said he was disappointed that the clip didn’t contain much about character and motivation. He adds: “There will be those, of course, who will breathe a sigh of relief that the new movie doesn’t look like it’s about to upset the comic-book movie apple-cart, and even more of you who will ask: what was I expecting?” I’m with the second group. It’s funny how these pop franchises can get your hopes up if you’re so disposed. I remember seeing the trailer for Alien Nation and then being surprised by what a color-by-numbers buddy action film it turned out to be. Probably I was the only person to be surprised, just as the author of the Guardian piece is the only one to think that the director of Kick Ass might have done something substantial about the young Professor X and the rest.

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