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The Best X-Men film AND one of the best "popcorn" films ever made...,
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This review is from: X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] (Blu-ray)
This will be free of the spoilers so fear not.
The "Intelligent Blockbuster" as they say has a new addition to the list. Ramping up both the Mutants as "pick-a-minority" allegory / metaphor, AND the action & effects, the film manages to make spectacular use of two amazing casts in a way that, for example, The Amazing Spider-man 2, failed to do with just one.
As producer of X-Men: First Class, Bryan Singer folded the Origins Magneto script into that film, which is why that film often plays like his Origin story. As director of Days of Future Past he's made a film that could described as Origins Professor X & Mystique: as Wolverine tries to drag Charles Xavier into his position as founder and soul of the X-Men, whilst, Young Magneto& Charles compete to see whether we will end up with Raven or Mystique by the end of the film. The future of the human race also happens to hang on her path.
The impression you may have gotten from the trailers is that in adapting one of the comic book industry's most famous stories the film would start in our near future and then switch to the past think again. The film masterfully switches the action back and forth between 1973 and the future, largely because the method of time travel means that those in the future remain connected, in real time, to poor old/young Wolverine as he struggles not only to change history for the better, but to undo the damage that is being caused simply because he is there and giving people knowledge of the future.
What pays off here for 20th Century Fox is what paid off for Marvel in their Avengers Universe, excellent casting of the separate films. So here we get the return of the peerless Sirs Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen, & Hugh Jackman, et al alongside the quite superb Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. Both past and future sets of X-Men are a joy to watch seeing their differences and similarities in the same film is a real plus. Of the new additions Fan Bingbing's Blink is the best realised and the way her powers are used gives the White house attack by Nightcrawler at the start of X-Men 2 a real run for its money. Speaking of running, American Horror Story's Evan Peters' turn as Quicksilver is extremely memorable and I think Joss Whedon maybe watching this film and wondering if the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Quicksilver in Avenger: Age of Ultron (and the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will stack up; I promise you the Quicksilver prison break scene will be many people's favourite part of this film!
Peter Dinklage is, as always, excellent, with his character another in that long list of people whose vision of a peaceful future for mankind includes squashing segments of society he doesn't care for. Like Stalin & Co he doesn't do evil laughs, because he truly sees himself as a hero
Good news If you hated X-Men Origins Wolverine, as this film pretty much seems to rubber stamp the consigning of that to a "What If" story, in other words it never really happened. Bad News, If you loved X-Men Origins Wolverine as this film pretty much seems to rubber stamp the consigning of that to a "What If" story, in other words it never really happened.
If you are one of those people than runs out as soon the first words appear at the end of a film (Shame on you) then you need to make sure you hang around until the very end here as the X-Men's biggest nemesis (no it is not Magneto) makes a very regal appearance 1-2-3...
It's been interesting so far in 2014 as with 5 Super hero films due this year (Captain America 2, Amazing Spider-man 2, X-Men, Guardians of The Galaxy & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) we had one of the best ever in the MCU elevating Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave invasion of Privacy, Edward Snowden & political thrillers the Super Hero treatment. This was followed by a firm reminder of why so many comic book fans wish Sony would just let Spider-man die and return to Marvel Studios, with a duller than dishwater sequel to an already average film. Well X-Men Days of Future past, may upset those same comic book fans as Fox look to have secured their rights to Marvel's X-Men for some time to come, with their best Super hero film yet and, for my money, one of the top 5 Super hero films ever made. Over to you Guardians of The Galaxy...
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Initial post: 24 May 2014 11:15:36 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
Good review my friend, Not sold on Guardians yet but X-Men certainly delivered.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2014 15:02:33 BDT
Thanks for that. It's a very good film and the only trouble here was writing without spoilers as you could go on about this film all day.
I think Kevin Fiege & Marvel Studios track record and the very "epic" look of the film make Guardians seem likely to work for me. Of course any film which has a sentient creature that looks like a Raccoon and a other that is Tree like and has everything it says translate as " I AM Groot" is NEVER going to work for "everyone", so there will be some MCU fans that just can't get into it; but this really could be "Star WArs" for the 21st Century Super Hero generation. At the least I'd expect most of the people who were able to get into Thor to give it ago and I'm a big fan of Prett, Saldana and Cooper; hell I'nm even warming to Bauista after his turn in Riddick.
Thanks again mate. Or rather I AM GROOT...
Posted on 24 May 2014 19:51:03 BDT
One thing I'd probably add is that this is a darker Xmen film but otherwise you pretty much said it all. seen it twice already and it's only been out for 3 days
In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2014 00:52:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2014 00:53:55 BDT
Me too. Saw it Thursday and then, knowing it was "safe" for the kids (some gruesome Sentinel slayings and Wolverine V Magneto apart) went again with them and our nieces on Friday.
How I got through Saturday without is a mystery!
Posted on 1 Jun 2014 18:23:47 BDT
Chris D says:
"we had one of the best ever in the MCU elevating Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
For the love of God, it had NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AT ALL. Why is endless action and a completely underdeveloped story enough for people to think it's amazing? It's just ridiculous.
Posted on 5 Jun 2014 10:10:05 BDT
Silas Nørlem Rønsbro says:
I don't think this movie made X-Men Origins: Wolverine a "What if" story entirely. !SPOILER!
When Wolverine is rescued from "drowning", you see the young Stryker smiling saying something along the lines of: "I know just what to do with him.". With that in mind, I think Wolverine has gotten his metal claws by the time he wakes up. He probably gets to know how the procedure was taken when talking with Professor X in the end of DOFP.
Anyway, I'm very excited about the next X-Men movie now, and I really can't wait till DOFP gets released on DVD :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2014 12:13:07 BDT
A couple f things here. First of all, the scene you mention it isn't Stryker that says that, it is Mystique disguised as Stryker.
2md would be that when I say Origins doen't happen, I mean he gets his Adamantium and memory loss in slightly different ways. He is stiill Wolverine and Stryker is still the person behind Weapon X (But crucially we see the DOFP Stryker AND the X2 (Brian Cox) Stryker, but never the Origins one. It's this, amongst other things that hints that, whilst clearly Weapon X will still happen and Wolverine will still get his adamantium (we assume) Origins appears to have been ignored entirely and X3 "fixed".
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2014 12:15:04 BDT
Because there isn't endless action, but what there is is fantastic, and because you are one of a very small percentage of people who doesn't notice that there is a LOT of character development. Not only for every main character excluding MAria Hill (no time) but fr the abstract S.H.I.E.L.D. and MCU as well.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2014 12:17:31 GMT
Mr Paul Whelan says:
I must admit I was dubious about Guardians of the Galaxy as I didn;t really know much about it but I loved it so much I went to see it twice at the cinema, it's up there with the Avengers as the best comic book adapation in my opinion
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2014 12:26:04 GMT
Mr Paul Whelan says:
Because some movies can have lots of action and be considered amazing, you basically just switch of your brain and enjoy the spectacle onscreen. Die Hard was cheesy and not much in the way of character development yet that is considered one of the greatest action movies ever .... which it is :)