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ElBaz13 6/5/2011 2:02:46 PM

I was with you on this one 100% Wiseguy. There was no way this movie was going to make that kind of dough. 1) The last 2 X-men movies left a sour taste in the mouth of many X-men and non-X-men fans. I guess the fool me once, fool me twice saying factored into this. 2) If you start making comparisons to other Marvel movies and their monster openings, you have to remember that the majority of them opened the first weekend of May with barely any competition. Not that I'm knocking the success of big hits like Iron Man or Spidey 2 but, having that plum juicy "first" unofficial summer weekend of blockbusters is pretty good. Movie fans are dying to see a summer blockbuster and early May is a pretty good start.

I saw it today. Loved to hate it. Hate to love it. I have mixed feelings about this one...

Wiseguy 6/5/2011 2:09:38 PM

Yeah I understand where you are coming from ElBaz. I won't pay to see it again, refuse to help this thing keep going. But I did enjoy a good part of it, didn't love it or anything near that. Still can't forgive all the obvious stuff, no matter how hard I try the best I can do is excuse it for moments at a time

TheMovieGuy28 6/5/2011 2:30:29 PM

Wise, you A$$! haha, you're right, eating crow now. All I can hope is that somehow X-Men grows Bridesmaids legs from the positive word of mouth. Continuity issues aside, people seemed to have enjoyed the solid entry of the film.

But I DID say Thor would finish around 167.....it's right at 170....was close

And I did say Pirates wouldn't break 200....which in the end, it may take about 210-215.

But Damn if I was DEAD WRONG on X-Men, though if you think about it, had it opened in 3D, it probably could have pulled another 10-15 million.

I still maintain it's the best superhero origin film out there, if only for the fact of the vgargantuan amount of stockings & garter belts. This, above all else, made my X-Men x-perience x-static.


I have no idea what Super 8 is going to do. I'm not even sure if it's gonna get me in a theater. I can handle waiting 2 weeks for Green Lantern.

And like I said, Wise, you are smart beyond your years. Ha

MrGarabaldi 6/5/2011 2:50:29 PM

 Ya wise, I'm gagging on my crow right now.  I too agreed with MovieGuy, it would top Thor, even if just because of the name recognition.  Just got back from seeing it, and I thought it was excellent.  I never read an x-men comic though, so the continuity doesn't bother me (but it probably would if I knew what it was).  It did entertain me, and Michael Fassbender owned the movie.  

Wiseguy 6/5/2011 3:02:47 PM

LOL you know I'm just messing with you MG you too MrG.

The continuity issues with the films is more of a problem for the comic book fans. Although they have issues within the franchises own continuity also. Still I think outside of the hardcore fans most folk don't pay that much attention to those issues. It may have legs but I like we all know the summer is loaded with big releases so it's hard to be more than a moderate hit at best

I'll be seeing Super 8 even though my excitement has been tempered by all I've read lately. But it is getting decent reviews so far. But I wouldn't be completely surprised if First Class somehow manages a second win or at least stays right on the heels of Super 8. I expect Super 8 to be in the 40mil give or take 5 and Ist Class right on its heels

wildwestie 6/5/2011 3:10:39 PM

Saw X-Men last night.  Wasn't the greatest but had some good stuff along the way.  Beast was tough to watch though, after going blue and furry.  The actor's voice with the new look didn't sit right and, like someone else pointed out on the review thread, his lower lip kept distracting me when he talked.  Grammer's Beast is the better version IMO. 

Seeing this called a reboot also doesn't sit well.  It can't be a reboot if they link this movie with the others by throwing in the cameos.  If that makes it a prequel, then a very big "Shame on you" Fox for being so lazy with the continuity.  I'm waiting for the reviewer of Smallville to come riding in and blow this whole thing up.  I'm with your take, Wise.  Give the rights to Marvel and let us see what a real X-Men movie should look like.

TheMovieGuy28 6/5/2011 3:22:27 PM

Wild, you're right; I noticed Beast seemed like his lip just didn't wanna work. It was a good costume, to be sure, but yeah, Kelsey Grammer nailed it. I mean, how many of us as kids who watched Cheers with our parents would think Frasier Crane would end up being the blue fuzzball?

And y'know, I do have to, in retrospect, agree in principle that they probably shouldn't have used Jackman or RR in their cameo roles, if it was indeed supposed to be a true reboot. I will concede that fact.

And Wise, I'm right there with you on Super 8. I wanted to see it from the original trailer, with us not knowing what it is. But the previews have shown so much that my excitment has died down. I'm all for nostalgia, but it reeeeally has to depend on what this creature will look like.

Anyone else but me wonder if the 8 in the title isn't actually a reference to the video equipment that we all accepted it was, but maybe the creature is 8 somethings, or has 8 arms, or w/e. I dunno. This monster better look scary.

Wiseguy 6/5/2011 3:32:59 PM

I thought Jackman's cameo sucked. I may have liked it had it been a tad meatier but saying Fuck off right off the bat seemed stupid and didn't add anything. Rebecca Romijn's though made me crack a smile even though it was there just as a nod

Walker 6/5/2011 3:49:00 PM

I like this X-Men a lot more than the previous two.

I am convinced that the reduced business had nothing to do with continuity (the vast majority of the movie audience just does not care) and everything to do with the period nature of the film.  It is set in an era in which the vast majority of the comic-book attending audience was not alive, and cannot relate.  The 60s setting probably looked more cheesy than cool to this audience.

monkeyfoot 6/5/2011 4:28:57 PM

Loved the movie. Not only do I think it is the best of the X-movies, I think it is one of the best of all the Marvel movies. It told a well thought out tale with the story of Xavier & Magneto having a proper arc at its the core, it had great dialogue and FX that were appropriate. And the higher praise I can give it is that it rose above its genre to be a great film overall. Vaughn's direction truly set this up to be well done. As Rob Vaux said in his review, it was the best Bond film with superpowers ever done.It makes me wonder how much better X3 could have been if he had done it with the exact same script it had.

Continuity problems, yes, and I'd like to hear the filmmakers explain them, but it was something I gladly sacrificed in this case. We all do it for movie or TV that hit the marks for us in other areas.

Your mileage may vary.

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