*Drops tray of sandwiches* Honey, get in here! Hugh’s back!
I’ll be honest, since the first trailer for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE premiered, I wasn’t and haven’t been as amped as everyone has been for the film. True, I was excited Bryan Singer was back at the helm (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), but I can’t say XM:A was at the top of my list of ” Movies Worth the Trip to the Theater” list
Until I saw this final trailer.
Yesterday, 20th Century Fox debuted the last trailer we’ll see of XM:A before its premiere in theaters May 27th, 2016, and I’m not just excited to see it, my inner fanboy is excited. This is big, people. My initial reaction to the first images revealed of the character Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac, THE FORCE AWAKENS, EX MACHINA) was a slight cringe. I had previously doubted the possibility of any capable movie company to risk cheesy movie-making by featuring Apocalypse. His power is almost limitless, he’s invulnerable, and his costume is gaudy; there is a certain Superman-esque trap therein. But I’m starting to feel my boy, Singer, coming back with this film. In the name of honesty, I’m still a bit skeptical of the antagonist and the alleged fear he keeps poking me with, but I’m still brushing it to the side, ever hopeful and open.
Two contributing factors are the soundtrack to the trailer and the lighting color range in the montage of scenes. A heart-felt piano melody, a dramatic build-up, then set the hook with an engaging rock beat. Mix that up with the green lights, blue fur/skin, laser-eye red colors, all drawing in your eye and tapping your toe.
I’m also intrigued to see how Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE ROAD, GALLIPOLI) handles Nightcrawler. The last personification of the German teleporter was gifted to us by the actor extraordinaire, Alan Cumming. The special effects industry has proven its evolution since X2 in 2003, so the “bamf” expectation is high for this flick.
The true credit, however, for getting XM:A back to the top of my list goes to my first superhero idol and lifelong source for inspiration and strength, he’s indestructible, he’s Canadian, he has a one-second cameo at the very end of the trailer, he’s…I’ll let the photo do the talking.
Has anyone else realized Hugh Jackman having to move from one cast to the next is the epitome of his “same shit, different day” character, Wolverine? Making a movie is a big deal. It takes millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of work from hundreds of people, and from this chaotic hive-mind a beautiful thing, this film, is created. Obviously anyone who goes through this will most likely create bonds and build families. Especially the actors, since they have to make the audience truly believe they’re completely different people with full and unique relationships. It’s pretty understandable if they sow some friendships during the process.
I’m sure plenty of people became close to Hugh Jackman during his time as Wolverine–you’d have to try pretty hard to dislike a chap like Jackman, it seems. I find it interesting Hugh built a family with the first X-MEN film in 2000, and, more recently, he’s had to transfer that love to a new set of his other half’s friends. Yes, the actors can certainly see each other in their daily lives outside of filming, but don’t interrupt, I have a point to this.
Wolverine is almost immortal and has to live through the lives and deaths of loved ones because of it. Hugh Jackman, the man who plays Wolverine, has recently outlived one cast of actor friends and had to give the same love to a new cast. Coincidence? Perhaps.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE arrives May 27.