Movie Review – “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

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*this review is part of the “Now Streaming” series of reviews. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” can be viewed on MaxGo (cinemax)*

Mediocre.

What’s with modern blockbuster superhero sequels?? Avengers 2. Thor 2. Iron Man 2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unless your name is Christopher Nolan or Sam Raimi, it seems like most of these sequels are, well,

 

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“Days of Future Past” (from here on abbreviated as DOFP, because I’m an AMERICAN who doesn’t want to type that many words) is no exception.

It has a slew of world class actors, yet it all seems like a forced affair.

The plot is confusing, boring, and flat.

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, confusing is a good thing – movies like Interstellar make you think for good reasons. This one, though, seems like the writers tried a little too hard to make a good-confusing film. The balance of different, intersecting time periods in a film is sometimes an extremely effective narrative tool. People like Quentin Tarantino have mastered it. Here, though, it’s just unnecessary.

It would at least be palpable if it were exciting the whole way through. Don’t get me wrong, the first half of the film is enthralling. It starts off quick, and it has an absolutely incredible slow-mo sequence, the best part of the film.

After a while, the film becomes a convoluted, slow, and boring special-effects extravaganza that just barely crawls to the finish line.

(The one improvement it had over “First Class” is the special effects. The VFX in that movie were laughable).

The Script takes a giant dump on a group of incredible actors.

Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman…..

None of them deserve to be treated like this….Just so

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The script is way too preachy and philosophical to be taken seriously. Once again, unless you are Christopher Nolan, don’t make your superhero movie preachy and philosophical. Give us consistent action. Otherwise, your movie will betumblr_np23azlRA51rj4m7wo1_500.gif

A superhero movie is only as good as its villain, and Peter Dinklage’s character is just

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Get my point?

The movie is utterly forgettable. I came away with nothing except 800 extra calories from the sandwich I ate while sitting through its 2 hour and 38 minute run time.

That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have a few high points. The aforementioned slow-mo sequence is awesome, as his the first half. Hugh Jackman is his wisecracking self and he and James McAvoy have great chemistry.

A few here-and-there scenes and fights against a completely disposable robot army aren’t enough to salvage a completely disposable movie.

SKIP IT.

Unless you are a die hard X-Men fan (in which case you already watched it) or are really interested in seeing the new films in chronological order, skip it.

Go on Netflix and watch “The Avengers” for a real Superhero team movie.

 

 

 

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