Movie review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)


No more monsters (referring to Godzilla that had topped the box office worldwide for the past weeks). It’s now time for mutants to conquer the theaters. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is created following the success of 2011’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ of which I am overly surprised of how great the latter turned out to be last time. I remembered well I gave ‘X-Men: First Class’ over 8 points in my blog’s movie review. That’s an overwhelming positive feedback from me as I hardly award above 8 to films I have watched. How about this one; ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’? Well…read on then.

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Looking from the title itself, we already knew the storyline is going to revolve in the same time on both past and future of the group of mutated humans with distinctive superpowers led by Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto. Hmm…let me get this straight. The story sets in the future had the X-men team sending Wolverine back to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Clear right? We are talking about time travel. The plot is solid and convincing while at the same time it isn’t too hard for audiences to digest too. Nothing complicated. That’s good.

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I have just a bit of comment that there was too much dialogues going on with lesser actions delivered compared to 2011’s First Class. Fortunately, the dialogues aren’t boring but still with most of the talking filling up the movie, people can still find it draggy and unnecessarily long. This is one of the major disappointments I had from this film. On the other hand, I am expecting lengthy intense fights, major-scale explosions or damages (only had a stadium lifted up and placed around the White House) and heart-stopping climax. In the end, there are still some good battle scenes (but way too quick) and the final climax was kind off anti-dramatic for me. Most actions were already shown in its trailer. I recalled in First Class’s final climax, I couldn’t get my eyes off the screen.

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As for the actors’ performances, everyone is doing great particularly the main casts; James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Supporting casts like Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters are great too. I personally picked the scene involving Evan(as Quicksilver) doing all sort of stuff on getting Magneto out of Pentagon easily due to his supersonic speed as my most favourite scenes of the movie. The veterans in this film were just appearing for several minutes, but still they did a good job (referring to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen). Fan Bing Bing was ‘forced’ to be there just to attract more moviegoers and movie distributors from mainland China, a huge growing market now.

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Good visual effects (but nothing truly spectacular since there isn’t much shots that required state-of-the-art visual technology). Fantastic sound effects too on the other hand. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ a total of 7.8. For me, 2011’s X-Men: First Class is slightly better compared to this. My opinion varied with most others out there as they said this is the best so far for its film franchise. That’s my personal thought anyway. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ still delivered greatly with solid plot, plenty of emotional and meaningful touches, fair acting performances, presence of many more mutants and satisfying visual and sound effects. But it also came with a bit too much dialogues, much lesser actions, becoming less suspenseful or intense, and the absence of a major villain to pull things off to great excitement. Those ‘Sentinels’ (robots) in the past (haven’t fully evolved) are nothing to the mutants. Only the Mystique and Magneto (again) being bad for a while here. Overall, still a good solid X-Men film.

Also please stay till the very last of the end-credit for a short scene showing Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen indicating that the next X-Men film set to be released in 2016 will feature them as the super-villain.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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