And it just might accomplish that feat in 3 days instead of 4. Yes, the Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the weekly blockbusters just keep on coming. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” kicked off the month of May, and last week “Godzilla” roared to the top of the pack. But now it’s time for the “uncanny” ones to rule the box office. And he critics’ reviews, so far, are quite promising indeed. Actually, I may actually have to break tradition, and actually head to a theater for this release(all my “X-Men” looks, thus far, have been on home video).
And I did do some catching up this past week, by finally getting a full look at 2011’s “X-Men: First Class”. It’s a solid film, and I’m considering it for a Flashback feature in June. In fact, although I haven’t experienced them all, I’ve been pretty impressed with this Marvel franchise overall. This one officially marks #7 in the series, however I’ve skipped the duo that I’ve read were the bad ones(those would be the oft-maligned “X-Men: The Last Stand” from 2006 and 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). But 200o’s “X-Men” was a decent start for the series and 2003’s “X2: X-Men United” was even better. And quite possibly, last year’s “The Wolverine” was the best of them all. In fact, Hugh Jackman as the razor-clawed one, has been a gigantic asset to this entire enterprise. He’s appeared in all seven, although his role in “X-Men: First Class” was relegated to a hilarious one scene cameo.
Also, even though he’s been shrouded in some serious legal controversy of late, many fans are ecstatic that original “X-Men” director Bryan Singer has returned to helm an entry for the first time since 2003. Singer, Jackman and company have an awful lot riding on this movie, but the “word on the street” has been mostly positive. Of course, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are back on board for this installment too(after debuting in the 2011 film). And, as if Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t have enough success, with “The Hunger Games” franchise along with plenty of Oscar love, she officially marks her 2nd appearance in the series as the more youthful version of Raven/Mystique. Plus, it seems there will be plenty of interesting playfulness with the timeline for this latest release. And the fanboy intrigue just might push those millions to the century mark by Sunday’s end. I’ve never looked forward to an entry in the series so much.