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X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

2014 June 7
by profwagstaff

Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved.

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Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Simon Kinberg/Jane Goldman/Matthew Vaughn
Based on comics by: Chris Claremont/John Byrne/Stan Lee/Jack Kirby

So, we go back in time and tell the makers of some of these films to NEVER make them.

THINK LIKE A MAN, TOO–Movies like this are why people hate movies. So many things wrong with this. I can’t even start.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION–“This isn’t a war. This is human extinction.” Might as well say it with Prime. So cliched. I hate you, Michael Bay.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES–It’s got one too many prepositions in the title, but I want this movie. Rise was great and I can’t wait to see where the story goes. Hopefully, it goes the way of a good movie and not a quick cash grab. Director Matt Reeves also made Cloverfield and Let Me In, two movies that I liked. AND there’s Gary Oldman! Yep. Can’t wait.

LET’S BE COPS–Again…so much wrong. Two idiots decide to dress up as cops for a costume party. They realize that they are now invincible…and they can get ladies to trust them and let them in their houses! Ugh. Fuck this movie.

Ok. Let’s get BACK!…….TO THE FUTURE…PAST…SOMETHING…WHAT?!?!

I fucking love the X-Men movies. Really, only Last Stand has been anywhere near bad and it was really just a mediocre mess. Not terrible, but it didn’t live up to the first two, so everyone hated it. First Class was very nearly just that: first fucking class.

When I heard that they were continuing that story and getting Bryan Singer back to direct, I was shocked and excited. Singer started it all and then immediately made the best of the series. What could he do with everyone’s favorite storyline from the comics?

Turns out…make a pretty decent movie, but not an amazing one.

At the beginning of the movie, the Mutants are in trouble. Hell, the Earth is in trouble. Giant robots called Sentinels are attacking basically every living thing on Earth. There’s no way to escape them except to wait for an attack, send someone a few minutes back in time to warn everyone of the attack and then get the hell out of there before the attack ever happens. In other words, they’re always on the run and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) is constantly sending Bishop (Omar Sy) back. But she doesn’t send his whole body. She just sends his mind back to his slightly younger self to warn everyone.

That gives Professor X (Patrick Stewart) the idea of sending someone back in time to 1973 to stop the war from ever starting. In other words, stop Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing the scientist who invented the Sentinels (Peter Dinklage).

Of course, they send Logan (Hugh Jackman). Of course, he has to find Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) before they become Professor X and Magneto (Ian McKellen) and when they’re the low point in their friendship, make them work together and then save the world.

Luckily, Logan never ages, so they don’t have to CGI his face to make him look 50 years younger…or find a five year old to play him.

It’s a bit of a complex story, but it’s not impossible and I’m sure it’s incredibly dumbed down from the comic. (Sadly, I haven’t read it yet. I really want to now, though.) It’s certainly a good story and worthy of a good movie.

And this is a good movie. By now, everyone has settled into their roles and most of them could play them in their sleep…especially Jackman since he’s played Wolverine more times than Sean Connery played Bond at this point. (That’s including a couple of video games.) There’s no one that I would trade out for anyone else. And anyone who’s a little weak (Halle Berry, I’m looking at you) isn’t in it enough to really matter. The newcomers are just about as good as the X-veterans. Evan Peters is especially good as Quicksilver. I also quite liked Bingbing Fan as Portal Girl…I mean, Blink. But she didn’t have much to do but look worried and throw CGI.

The main issue I had was the script. It started off really fucking dumb, but got a bit better as the movie went on. There was too much exposition at times that bogged things down a lot and…seriously? Erik quoting James Brown? Nope. Don’t buy it.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. I just wish it had been better.  Hopefully, X-Men Apocalypse will be the movie that we all wanted this one to be. I can’t wait to see it.

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