Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Details from IMDB:

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

131 min  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  23 May 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.5/10 from 141,616 users   Metascore: 74/100

Reviews: 473 user | 367 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Goldman (story), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Main Points:

I’m a huge geek, I’ve seen every X-Men movie (including that piece of garbage "X: Men Origins Wolverine"), so of course I was going to this (I saw it a while ago but I’m behind with my reviews). I had also heard good reviews and the fact that they were combining both sets of actors from the movies along with a story I read and enjoyed made it a sure thing.

Main Points:

Yes of course this movie deviates a lot from the comic book but what else did you expect? As a friend of mine pointed out (and I agree) most comic book movies (or movies based on books) that do follow the original story too closely often don’t work (with the notable exception of "Watchmen" and a couple of animated ones). This movie does work, quite well in fact. Hugh Jackman does such a great Wolverine that I was happy to have him the main character in this movie rather than Kitty Pride (really the story back that was all about introducing Kitty as a new character, it was a marketing thing to some extent).

The action here is top notch, in particular the effects around Quicksilver were amazing and a lot of fun. Speaking of there are plenty of lighthearted moments here to balance out the action and doom and gloom aspects. All the cast turn in good performances and the movie moves along at a good pace, most of the time. Bryan Singer really showed that he is the man when it comes to directing an X-Men movie.

Final Thoughts:

Sure this movie has it’s flaws. Some characters have very little to do and others seemed to be just thrown in as an afterthought. Plus at 131 minutes it is a little too long. The Sentinels themselves look great in the future and it is fun to see mutants really working together as a team (using their powers to help each other). I give this movie a strong 8/10 and a hearty recommendation to any comic book/sci-fi or just summer movie fan (if it’s still out where you are). As usual not for kids. Up next will be more movie reviews.

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