BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: X-Men: Days Of Future Past Reviews
By Drax Largo on May 22nd, 2014
Most important, there is an emotional undercurrent in this installment that the earlier films only aspired to.
“Days of Future Past” is, in itself, as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It’s what summer movies are meant to be.
It’s a brilliant gameplan for a studio: Manipulate time and space to make the X-Men movies infinitely re-bootable, infinitely re-castable and assuredly profitable, until it sounds like, and is, a kind of prayer: Forever and ever, X-Men.
It’s like discovering your box of Milk Duds is really chocolate-covered vitamins.
It only conveys the awesome strangeness of its characters and their universe when director Brian Singer breaks away from the perpetual build-up of the film’s unwieldy plot.
After a chunky, [derivative] opening, Bryan Singer’s return to the world of ‘Mutants are people too, only better’ settles into a ’70s-style actor’s showcase.
If more comic-book movies were like this, there’d be less complaining about how many of them there are.
It’s what this series should have always been, a story about a small family of misfits who argue and disagree and sometimes betray each other, but who still can’t help loving one another.
The problem is that these moments don’t add up to much because the movie has very little in the way of actual stakes or tension.
Make no mistake: This one is for serious X-Men movie geeks. It does smart stuff with B-listers, papers over a few continuity burps and delivers a multivalent climax and denouement that pretty much defines “fan service.”
This is a fantastic movie. It looks great, has very good performances from a whole bunch of actors who I like a lot, and stages action sequences that are both coherent and impressive. The screenplay might be the best part of all
Singer does a nice job of connecting the bleakness of the ’70s with the optimistic spirit that inspired the X-Men in the first place.
The film X-Men fans have been waiting for. It lives up to their expectations and then some. A truly epic installment.
Drab in look and overly talky, X-Men: Days of Future Past lacks the life force and lilt of its 2011 predecessor, X-Men: First Class.