X-Men: Days of the Future Past – X factor intact
Tweview: With a decent plot & all its best men weaved in, Singer creates an enjoyable summer romp - X factor being some brilliant action set pieces!
It’s the future and like most futures in films – it’s dark. Yep, apocalypse is upon us. The world is in tatters. So far so clichéd… This time, it is mutant robots (called Sentinels) who threaten to make mutants extinct. What they fail to understand is the inherent irony in them trying to make mutants extinct, considering they are also mutants! Anyway! so, Prof Xavier and Magneto send Wolverine back in time to convince their past selves to come together and stop Mystique from killing a mad scientist who created these sentinels! So far, so convoluted... As films would have it, Wolverine (like all heroes do) manages the same and prevents mutants from being extinct; though not without some pretty cool action and a hefty portion of coincidences.
After a “Not So Amazing Spiderman” and a “Monstrous Bore of a Godzilla”, the summer has finally taken an upturn. Yep, after those 2 films, it could have only got better! X-Men: DOTFP, though not as good as Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”, is short, snappy and gripping. With Wolverine being the anchor, there is dry wit aplenty and Singer throws in oodles of clever action sequences to keep you on the edge of your seat. Look out for one particular sequence involving QuickSilver, it will have you in splits! Also, Singer keeps the screenplay snappy, the background score “Dark Knightish” and at 2 hours 10 minutes, this movie is certainly a breeze to watch (especially in summer!).
The Popcorn Factor:
While Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in his solo films is a colossal bore, things change when he is leading a bunch of mutants. He provides the star power to keep you glued. And then, there is the brilliant pair of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, as the younger versions of Prof X and Magneto respectively. They provide the heart and the soul to the movie. Jennifer Lawrence, as Mystique, is not really challenged and breezes through her role. While most things are alright, it is the clichéd plot and coincidences that act as a slight downer. Plus, the villain played by “Peter Dinklage” (of Game of Thrones fame) isn’t much of a villain. If you keep these minor flaws aside, this is a better than average Summer Superhero fare from Marvel (about as good as Captain America – The Winter Soldier). A must watch for comic book and superhero film lovers.
Rating: 6.5 / 10Image Credit: comicsalliance.com
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