Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mini Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a good film, and much more entertaining than any previous entries in this long-running series. It cares about its characters, doesn't overindulge in action scenes while giving the audience enough of them, and generally provides a decent plot despite the time-travel nonsense. Hugh Jackman has gradually transformed himself into Wolverine over the years; it's quite remarkable to look back at his physique in the original X-Men movie and compare his younger self to his present day condition. His charisma and interaction with Micheal Fassbender's Magneto and James McAvoy's Xavier carry the film, and Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen are fine as well. The best scene in the movie features a speedy mutant named Quicksilver nonchalantly arranging guards in funny poses and redirecting bullets while listening to a psychodelic song with the refrain "there is never enough time." This film has plenty of humorous moments, despite its apocalyptic storyline. Future makers of dour po-faced superhero flicks should take note.

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