Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: X-Men - Days Of Future Past [2014]

"Lead Me. Guide Me. Be Patient With Me"


Background:
Release Date: 22 May 2014 (Malaysia), 23 May 2014 (USA)
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Written By: Simon Kinberg,  Jame Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry
Duration: 131 minutes


In A Nutshell:
In the year 2023, mutants face the threat of extinction with Sentinels hunting each and every one of them down. The X-Men decide to send Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) back to the year 1973 to change the course of history.


Thumbs Up:
+ Impeccable story, engaging characters, and heart-pumping action scenes all come together in perfect balance and harmony. The humor is well-timed and supplements the story perfectly too.
+ Powerful performances all-around, but James McAvoy (playing a young Professor Xavier) in particular is truly top-notch.
+ Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters) dazzles in every scene he is in. I initially wasn't fond of him after watching the trailers and photos. In fact I thought the Quicksilver which will be shown in next year's Avengers 2 [2015] seemed much better. But it looks like Evan Peters has set the bar high.
+ One for all the geeks out there: A large mutant universe featuring returning familiar characters and exciting new-ones.
+ Another reason for comic fans to rejoice: an after-credits scene that will surely wet your appetite!
Thumbs Down:
- How Professor Xavier came back from the events in X-Men: The Last Stand [2006] is still left unexplained.
- With so many mutants on display, some of my personal favorites are given very little screen-time. Would have loved it if Scarlet Witch made an appearance too.


The Verdict Is In:
Rarely does a movie simultaneously impresses me with its story, characters, performances, and action. X-Men: Days Of Future Past succeeds on all fronts. The story was immersing, the action was thrilling and exciting, and the characters was engaging -- you'll feel a genuine emotion connection with them.

I'll be honest, this is a very biased review. I'm a fan of the X-Men and simply love superheroes. Heck, I even slightly enjoyed X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]. Yeah, I know... let the backlash come in... but I did hate X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009] though.


So as a fan, I found this movie was uber-awesome to me! A nerd-nirvana. A geek heaven. Yeah, X-men rules!!
Rating:
9.5 out of 10

16 comments:

  1. I just saw my first 'summer' movie last night (Godzilla...ZZZzzzz), so I'm looking for a little redemption. Good to see that this one delivered!

    I honestly don't recall The Last Stand (I saw it in the theater...but that was enough), so hopefully I'll know what the Hell is going on.

    Nice review!

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    1. I saw Spider-Man (not too fond off) and Godzilla (boring), so as far as I'm concerned the summer movies starts with X-Men!

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  2. Is that Hank in the gif? How did Hank go back to being human? Didn't he become Beast?

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    1. It is Hank and it is well explained in the movie. What is not explained however is how Professor X recovered from the events in Last Stand.

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  3. Interesting! I'm really seeing this for Rogue, even though I know her part is very small (if it's even still in the film, with my lucky they've removed it again)

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    1. I wanted to see Rogue too... her story in the first X-Men was great. But you'll be disappointed.

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  4. I - CANT - BELIEVE - HOW - AWESOME - THIS - MOVIE - IS!
    seriously at the same par as my fav X movie X2 United.
    and betul x sangka this Quicksilver is good..too good! (but the looks department still eh..can be forgiven though)
    and yes McAvoy...wow!

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    1. Awesome kan? And you've seen dua kali dah kan? Haha....

      Quicksilver really was a surprise. .. aku ingatkan dia la jd week point movie.. but I was wrong.

      McAvoy was superb... we could really empathize with him.

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  5. I'm so excited to see this! Glad you enjoyed it although I'm annoyed they don't explain Professor X's return after The Last Stand - surely going to annoy many fans?
    I'm sure I'll love it anyway, the X Men franchise as always been my favourite part of the Marvel universe.

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    1. Hi Caitlin, I'm not sure if I missed it, but I don't think there was any explanation about Professor X.

      The X-Men really is a great franchise, and this might be the best entry yet!

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  6. Nice review Asrap. Everything flows together smoothly and it's simply fantastic to say the least.

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    1. Thanks Dan! It does flow smoothly... everything just comes together perfectly!

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  7. I really want to see this. It's a shame that I haven't. Hopefully this week. I admit, I am always looking forward anything with Fassbender now, ahah. Nice to see you loved it.

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    1. You should see it Andina, Fassbender is great in this! The entire movie is just awesome!

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  8. I cannot wait to see this!! I won't be able to go till June 2nd... sigh... I have been out of town with family and now I am back in town and more family is coming to visit. Don't they know it's summer movie time! I will also be seeing Maleficent next week too!

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    1. Its not easy, but hey, you can always try persuading the family to all go to the movies! :)

      Maleficient looks exciting! Angelina Jolie seems perfect for the role!

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