Monday, October 17, 2016

Movie review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

When the human-mutant war takes a dire turn the X-Men devise a final solution. Hoping to prevent the war entirely, Wolverine is sent into the past and tasked with changing history once and for all.

Hugh Jackman (Wolverine/Logan), James McAvoy (Charles), Michael Fassbender (Erik), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Halle Berry (Storm), Nicholas Hoult (Hank/Beast), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Peter Dinklage (Dr. Trask).

X-Men: Days of Future Past launches well with some nice intensity up front. From there the film slips into the main plot with character development taking place throughout the remainder of the film. Sadly, it also re-writes X-Men history and as evidenced by the lack of action, that is the main goal of this film. With only mild action, this one has a lot more drama, emotion, and history than other films in the series and because of that we found it lacking in entertainment value.

Acting was decent with Jackman delivering his usual. McAvoy invested good energy in this one and supported the film well. Fassbender was decent, and Lawrence did nicely as always. Berry, Stewart, Janssen and other big names were hardly used in this one and the acting quality suffered as expected.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and blended well with CGI. CGI was okay but felt like imagination was lacking a bit in this one. Action scenes were okay, there just weren't enough of them. Dialogue was solid with nice depth. Sound and soundtrack were fitting.

Overall X-Men: Days of Future Past is a mixed bag. The cast is shaken up, history is modified, action is lacking compared to previous films, and technical work lacked energy. Some may enjoy this one while those expecting high-energy and historical consistency will likely be disappointed.

As always with X-Men; intense violence, sci-fi violence, nudity, mild foul language, and suggestive material none of which should bother teens and above.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 10.5.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Films based on Comic books, Action, Sci-Fi

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