X MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST – REVIEW

Review

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Starring: Hugh Jackmna, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Director: Bryan Singer
Running Time: 131mins
Cert: 12A

Needless to say, the cinema last night was a packed one as me and my fellow movie goers got settled in for the newest instalment to the X Men franchise. Before I continue however, I must point out that although the film is good and enjoyable, it is unfortunately a bit of a let-down.

 

Forget what you thought it was going to be about because you’d be wrong. What could have potentially been a very exciting story about pasts meeting presents and futures and all manner of unexplainable time travelling rules; ended up being a story loosely strung together to make Wolverine once again the centre of attention.

 

Do not get me wrong, I adore Hugh Jackman and all that he has done for Logan/Wolverine and the X Men films but at what point do the other characters get their screen time? This was a great opportunity to get some real depth out of the characters that we had done with X Men: First Class but DOFP failed miserably in that regard. Although new faces were introduced, it seemed to only be for shock value rather than any real significance. Powers/mutants once again went unused and in some cases overused to create visually stunning effects but not so much so for the overall substance of the film. For an X Men film, it’s sad to say that the best bits are in the first five minutes but then falls into a steady decline of anything worth writing about. The end provides a certain sense of sentimental value but other than that I was left wanting. Not that this is a compeltely bad thing since we all know that there will be another instalment, X Men: Apocalypse, where the other mutants may make a more worthwhile appearance.

 

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto respectively and do so amazingly. As I’ve found with most of the X Men films (feel free to disagree) there is not much lost in the way of casting and acting but how the characters are executed via the storyline. There is too much left unsaid and there is no change in this instalment. Jennifer Lawrence although very kick ass in this film as Raven/Mystique doesn’t really do it for me as much as Rebecca Romijn did in the first three films; once again feel free to disagree. The biggest confusion of them all though is why Storm (Halle Berry) is even in the films anymore having said all of three sentences throughout the entire film.

 

Needless to say, I didn’t hate X Men: Days of Future Past but I wasnt swinging from the rafters about it either. There could have been so much more in the two hours and ten minutes that was unfortunately not delivered which made it feel incredibly underwhelming.

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GAMBIT, FAST 7 & EXPLOSIVE TRAILERS – MOVIE NEWS!!

Coming Soon

A few movie tid bits this morning to get the blood flowing! In anticipation for seeing The Amazing Spiderman 2 this evening, I’ve gone a bit superhero for the first two bits of news…

 

X MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TRAILER

The final trailer for X Men: Days of Future Past is here and looks absolutely incredible! Its going to be such a treat to see all of our favourite characters all in the same film working together. Introduced by the lovely Aussie Hugh Jackman, this trailer will certainly get you hyped for the next X instalment!

CHANNING TATUM IS GAMBIT?

It has long been a rumour that Channing Tatum was going to play Gambit, a rumour that so many X fans wanted to be true and it seems that that truth may be closer than we think (sorry Taylor Kitsch fans!) Tatum has confirmed that he has been in talks with producer Laura Schuler Donner about picking up the role of the Southern rebel and that if the movie stars all align then he would definitely accept the role. I for one think it will be an awesome step for Channing who although has had a hit films, is still lacking in the big franchise department and i think this will give his name/career the push it deserves.

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FAST 7 WILL CONTINUE WITH TWO WALKERS…

Since the devastating loss of Fast franchise front man Paul Walker last November, there was always going to be speculation about how the film makers were going to continue the film without him. The Fast crew have announced however that the iconic Brian O’Connor will not be “killed off” as previously thought but instead go into some kind of retirement. In order to finish this and shoot some scenes that Paul was not able to complete, they have recruited Paul’s brother’s Cody and Caleb to help out. I think this is a lovely way to complete the story and we know his brothers will more than try their best to keep his Fast legacy alive. Fast 7 will be out  in the US April 10 2015.

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