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    April 19, 2011

    PREVIEW: A WALK THROUGH X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - PART 1

    June 2nd, 2011 is just around the corner. Malaysian fans as well as the audiences around the world will get their first taste on the X-Men franchise prequel, when Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class will be released into the theaters. Everyone must be well informed now (or in case you have not) that X-Men: First Class is not a continuation of the well-known X-Men trilogy we have seen, rather it goes back behind serving as a complete prequel to the trilogy. X-Men: First Class will look on how X-Men is first established, going back into the origin, a look into the day of formation and the day when Professor X (Charles Xavier) and Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr) were friends. Things then turn ugly and proceeds into the known events that happen in the modern day where a bit of shear rivalry and partition of the special mutants into two schools of taught. Let's walk down into Green Tea Movie's preview article on X-Men: First Class in terms of the story and what kind of characters you must expect from the movie. It's spoiler-free but it contains essential needs to understand the movie backhand. Due to the length, Green Tea Movie will be breaking into two parts where the first part will be dealing on the story of the movie as well as an introduction to the both main characters - Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr; while the second part will be more on the First Class members. Plus, there will be exclusive new images on the end of this part.

    STORY

    Last August, producer Bryan Singer (director for the first two X-Men movies) revealed to Screen Rant that the prequel will be unlike of those in the comic books, hence the different between the "X-Men: First Class" comics and the film adaptation. Several key differences include that the setting will be during Kennedy presidential period and during the Cuban Missile Crisis (The October Crisis) in 1962, and a more classical X-Men costumes will be used (more similar to the comics than in the previous movies).


    X-Men: First Class will explore how Charles Xavier an Erik Lensherr met during their young age in 60s with confinement towards achieving the same goals for the future of the mutants. Some controversial remarks involving equality and racism are expected to be part of the movie itself. Thus, the Civil Rights Movement is also part of the story.


    While the mutants are working out to confront the possibility of the nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, they will also have to confront their other nemesis - a bunch of mutants known as the Hellfire Club, headed by Sebastian Shaw (Black King) and Emma Frost (White Queen).


    The plot synopsis, taken from IGN is as follows:
    "X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men"

    THE TWO LEADERS


    Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X)
    The leader and founder of the X-Men. He is played by British actor James Mcavoy (Wanted, Atonement). Professor X's abilities are on telepathy (mind reading and control, illusion and induced paralysis)

    In First Class, you will probably not seeing him the same as the Charles Xavier you see in the trilogy. In his early days, he is not bald and able to walk, but we see his ability dwindled because of his ability to absorb superpowers. There might be a chance that we may get to see how he starts to lose his hair and unable to walk in the movie, probably due to another reason. The portrayal of the younger version of Professor X will be be morally reprehensible relative to the calm and collected Patrick Stewart we all know from the X-Men trilogy. In an interview with MTV last September, McAvoy was confident that he can do better, realizing the shoe he is filling was Patrick Stewart. He said:

    I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve. I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it’ll be more like what Patrick does. Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie.


    Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto)
    The leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Mutants. He is played by rising German actor Michael Fassbender (300, Inglourious Basterds). Magneto's abilities include magnetism manipulation, metallic bending and a skilled strategist himself.

    In First Class, it will be fortunate that we are able to look deep into Lehnsherr's character. In the article by Screen Rant, a sneak peak at the opening sequence will be a recreation of Magneto's Auschwitz flashback from Bryan Singer’s X-Men followed with Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) is pressuring a young Erik Lensherr to use his magnetic powers to their full capacity. Been a Holocaust survivor, Lehnsheer began a deep hatred towards the monster who created him. He is remorseful vengeful and as you might have suspect, his initial friendship with Xavier will be put to a test over their contradicting opinions and thoughts. In an interview with IGN, Fassbender thought about his character as been good or evil:

    "I don't really think in those terms to be honest - good and evil. I think about what he wants to get and how motivated he is and what sort of morals he has got in place. It's like I see him as very much a Machiavellian character - the ends justify the means. And he is in a situation where he is right, really, you know? It's like homosapiens vs. Neanderthal and the mutants are the new version. Everything he says is right. The history of the human race is that we are pretty much destroying everything, including ourselves. So he is saying that this is an innately destructive and self-destructive race, and mutants are the way forward. So there is sense to what he is saying."

    ----- END OF PART ONE -----

    As promised, Green Tea Movie has scooped up some interesting new footages from X-Men: First Class and two new TV spots. With the new images, I hope you are excited for the coming of the mutants this June. These images are all available from Total Film and Screen Rant. Enjoy!

    New awesome images....


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