Selasa, 09 Oktober 2012

Example of Film Review

X-Men First Class


X-CELLENT: X-Men: First Class boasts a core cast that any film company would drool over if they were putting together the most high minded of top-drawer dramas.

Any comic book derived film that chooses to co-opt the Nazi purge of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Cuban missile crisis and the American civil rights movement into its plot line better have the smarts to do so intelligently, respectfully, and with intentions nobler than just throwing on a little faux-historical window dressing to impress the geeks.
X Men: First Class somehow gets away with all that – just – by being a seriously quality bit of film-making, populated with a really outstanding cast, and propelled forward by a script that is possibly the best thought through this genre has ever had to work with.
Tasked with getting his viewers through acres of back story, all to create a credible creation myth for a trilogy of films, and a pack of characters who simply refuse to admit their own terminal silliness and go away, director Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Layer Cake) has assembled a virtual arthouse super group of acting talent.
James McAvoy is a likeable shoe-in as the young Professor Xavier, downing a yard glass and chatting up the birds in a 1960s London pub, but Michael Fassbender (Hunger) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) are far more adventurous casting, and they reward Vaughn with a brace of performances that are compelling and – towards the end at least – genuinely poignant.
As adversary to these three, Kevin Bacon finally gets to play the Bond-ian super villain that he has surely wanted to be for his entire career, and responds by dialling in a Josef Mengele inspired mutant that is – in its more human moments – actually quite disturbing.
Throw into the mix January Jones (Mad Men), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) and the deeply-wonderful-at-all-times Oliver Platt, and you have a core cast that any film company would drool over if they were putting together the most high minded of top drawer dramas.
Which is all well and good, and just the sort of thing that ageing film critics get all excited about. But a comic book movie has got a serious and unforgiving audience to please.
These are established characters, with a massive fan base, and they have been doing their thing in the comics and on screen for decades. Any adaptation has to find a fine line between updating the personalities and motifs of a flogged out brand, and not alienating or insulting that brand's primary audience.
So, setting most of the film in 1962 was a stroke of genius.
The writers have free-reign to create these familiar characters from the ground up, the very cool early-Bondish design is refreshingly unfamiliar in this genre, and, as an added bonus, Emma Frost's mini skirt and white boots ensemble looks a lot less silly here than it will in the 21st century.
X Men: First Class is just a damned good film. The set pieces are appropriately epic and well staged, the cinematography – from John Mathieson (Gladiator, Robin Hood) – is gorgeous, the design and look of the thing are perfect, and that cast is a dream.
This is the best franchise reboot since 2009's Star Trek, and probably the best sociopaths-in-spandex movie since Batman Begins. Loved it.


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