Inception is coming off of its third consecutive week as number one at the box office. This could be because a) it’s a good movie, b) the competition this summer is extremely weak, or c) both. Either way, you can’t deny the amazing mind bending effects or the crazy storyline that goes with them. Since the majority of the general population has seen the movie, X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn got worried that audiences might view scenes from his upcoming film as cheap knock-offs of Christopher Nolan’s work.
Vaughn recently spoke to The LA Times about some footage that had to be cut out of First Class for fear of Inception comparisons.
I saw Inception, which I loved…But my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it’s either leave it in and look as if you’re copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards.
So the worst thing in the world that could happen to First Class is a comparison to one of the best film’s of 2010? There are plenty of movies that have been released over the past 10-15 years that center on the subconscious and body swapping (Avatar, The Matrix trilogy) yet they make the premise and the technology work for them.
But according to Vaughn, here’s what had to go:
The jettisoned sequence was a sort of dream-space combat, according to Vaughn; that reminded me of “psi war” scenes like the one here on the right from “The Uncanny X-Men” No. 117 way back in 1979, but the filmmaker said for the film the fight involving Professor X (James McAvoy) and some other mutants was to going to be presented with spinning rooms and other physics-bending imagery — visions that he felt drifted too close to signature moments in Inception.
I can understand him wanting to stand out and not look like a copycat but these days almost everything has been done. There are plenty of homages present in the zero gravity sequence in Inception that doesn’t take away from it being a great film. Vaughn might be overdoing it here. Hopefully, his attention to detail will help and not hinder the film.
Do you think Vaughn should have kept the mind-bending scenes in First Class? Would the similarities have mattered to you?