Posted by: greercn | May 29, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

This is the spring of bad, bad future movies. Humans and mutants are doomed. Only machines will last.

Yes, reader, dystopia and death are coming soon, according to the newest blockbusters.

Hope? Of course, this is Marvel’s world and there’s hope. But you have to go back to the past to make the present better.

As a side note, soon the end credits will last longer than the film. As you wait and wait and wait for the promised “extra scene” at the end of the new X-Men movie, you may fall asleep from just sitting there.

The beginning credits cite so many different companies that your eyes glaze over. This is so expensive it took a bunch of companies to make it. Again, the sight of 20 or more co-production groups must be coming soon.

Quibbles aside, this is mostly entertaining. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen do well while James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender play their younger selves superbly, despite looking nothing like their older selves. A cute nose-to-nose shot between McAvoy and Stewart plays out for similarities but succeeds in highlighting how different their eyebrow shapes are.

The very-packed Stratford East Picturehouse audience all adored it. Quite a lot of younger viewers whined and moaned so parents, please take them to another movie. It really is aimed at fans of 18 and over, despite having a younger rating.

Hugh Jackman is utterly amazing and his performance is terrific. Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy all have brilliant moments.

Bryan Singer directs, again, although the progress of the plot feels smoother, this time. I only peeked at my watch once.

Returning to the year 1973 is essential to this tale and there are some anachronisms. As an example, Lycra did not exist, except in dance clothes and everyone is wearing Lycra. But the waterbed scene provides guffaws.

It’s all very satisfying and based on a mix of Marvel stories. Both this film and “Godzilla” seem to have taken a lot from James Bond movies, in that you are swept from place to place and past to present with big set piece action scenes punctuating the whole.

You don’t watch a Marvel movie for character development, do you?

No Stan Lee cameo – pity – but the last extra scene, after the credits, introduces mutant Apocalypse. It’s intriguing.

Which characters will come back for the next X-Men installment? Who knows? I’ll be watching it, as soon as possible.



  1. I’m happy that this is definitely the best one of the franchise in the past decade, but I’m hoping that they can keep it up. Good review Greer.

  2. Thank you! I hope they can keep this level of energy going, too.

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