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Sunday, May 25, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

After Spiderman, X-Men is just one of the movies I am totally psyched. My childhood is made up of Friday evening cartoon primarily of The X-Men. This year, Bryan Singer is back since X2 and we welcome him once again. Will this new film be a hit or a miss?

Set in the near future, the mutants and humans alike are targeted by the Sentinels. These machines are primarily designed to target the mutants only, however things changed and somehow took dominion in all life forms. The X-Men are transformed to fugitives transferring from one location to another to survive. One last hope is for Wolverine to travel back to 1973 to alter history and change its course as most of them knows.

Following the events that occurred after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past is a fast-paced time traveling bonanza that brings Bryan Singer to what he is born to do. When Singer left the franchise to direct Superman Returns, he left the fate of the beloved mutants in the hands of Brett Ratner which sadly turned it into a lackluster film which did not capture the complex nature of the characters. Watching Bryan Singer helm this superhero film can make you feel how comfortable he is with the material as well as his connection with the actors. There is never a dull moment in the film as he injects well placed humor and even a great action sequence that would be considered the best of the year so far.

Yeah! We still kick ass!!!!
The characters are well rounded and fully motivated. And while we can see how this film undo the past of the characters, one can just say to totally forget what Brett Ratner did with The Last Stand. Fans will be bumping their fist up in the air before the end credits will roll and will exclaim how great this film is.

Brilliantly crafted and acted by the leads, X-Men: DOFP boasts of solid performances. James McAvoy provides an effective Professor X and can still stand with Michael Fassenbender in terms of delivery. Jennifer Lawrence did not disappoint fans as Raven/Mystique. She owned the character. While I was looking for Rebecca Romijn for a cameo, Lawrence did all the work and finally forgotten all about her. The old cast did well in each frame they are in. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shawne Ashmore and Halle Berry are a sight for this new film. Peter Dinklage as Dr. Trask is a pivotal nemesis and certainly earned the part.

The complete set of characters, attempting to change Brett Ratner's... i mean the past.

No superhero movie since Batman's The Dark Knight that I was left completely satisfied. It goes with saying that the director is one of the primary movers on how the franchise would go. Nolan was born to direct Batman, Sam Raimi for Spiderman and Bryan Singer is meant to grace the silver screen with his X-Men.

X-Men: DOFP is a revival a breath of fresh air for a stretched franchise. This will not disappoint its loyal fanbase and would be screaming for more. Just stay for the end credits scene and you will have a glimpse of En Sabah Nur or better known as Apocalypse.



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