Monday, May 26, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

While I really enjoyed seeing the old and new cast of the X-Mens series in one movie, I felt as if the majority of the movie was not about "The X-Men" but really about 4 people trying to change their fate. For a movie that should encompass a group of individuals working together to fight evil, this movie was surely lacking in that respect.

Not to say there wasn't any teamwork. The older X-Men fighting the Sentinels in the future definitely serve up our "fight" quota for the movie. But it just felt like that was missing from the present when most of the present was being used to get the "gang" back together (really just a couple of people) and stop the ultimate act that would bring on the Sentinel attack in the future. For a revitalized X-Men sequel, it was seriously lacking the new 'X-Men'.


That aside, kudos to James McAvoy who, I feel, stole the movie. His defeat and anguish of letting down his X-Men was apparent throughout as he struggled to regain his belief that humans and mutants can co-exist together and that all was not lost. His scene with Patrick Stewart was one of the highlights for me. It was great to see him hold his own, and then some, against one of the great thespians of our time. I really wanted to see more of them together…alas.


The fights that were showcased were brilliant, something you would expect from a Bryan Singer movie - over-the-top, explosive, dramatic, intense and satisfying. Jennifer Lawrence manages to really grapple with Mystique's crisis of faith throughout. My one complaint was that Wolverine took up way too much screen time (I understand that this was the logical choice to go back in time) but still, this movie should have been centered on the new X-Men and I just feel he has too much screen time. If I wanted to see a movie about Wolverine, I'd go watch a movie about Wolverine.


The time-travel story worked well and I enjoyed, and was amused, that this movie essentially wiped out everything that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand (haha).  So, everything's back to normal..uh huh. Well, I supposed if you're going to re-write history, do it in style. I do have one lingering question: how did Magneto get his powers back?…I guess we are meant to believe that the mutant cells are still in our mutant heroes and they would eventually come back. I do remember the scene with the chess board so…ok, I can accept that only because of the fact that his powers are used quite awesomely in this movie.


I cannot say enough about QuickSilver. Every time I laughed out loud, QuickSilver was in the scene. While James McAvoy won the drama award in this movie, Evan Peters stole the comedy award. He was absolutely brilliant and his scenes were impressive(!), to say the least. He will be a welcome addition to the third X-Men instalment.


All in all, an entertaining film. I fangirled over all these amazing actors in one movie even though I felt deprived of seeing any of their characters fleshed out or have any really story. I kinda felt they should have done an after-credit scene where the older X-Men give their younger counterparts advice. That would have been hilarious.


This movie definitely makes up for that uninspiring 3rd X-Men outing (The Last Stand - I'm looking at you) and certainly primes things up for the next Wolverine movie as well as the next X-Men movie. A bit of revisionist history in this movie will be interesting to see how it plays out in future films. Much like Captain America 2 changes things for all Marvel movies going forward, this movie will change things for all X-Men movies (some might say for the better).


Go See It.

Sandra

I just about cheered excitedly when Bobby morphed into IceMan and sprayed out a sheet of ice that he skated on as he fought the Sentinels. So cool! Man did that bring back memories of watching cartoons on Saturday mornings! While I've seen Storm, Cyclops and Frog all use your abilities before, it was nice to see some new mutants (at least none I've seen on screen) showcase their awesome abilities (I'm looking at you Blink and Warpath!). Looking forward to seeing more of them in future films.

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