X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE REVIEW

No other way to say it – hands down best X-Men film so far. It is the most clever, the most exciting, the most intelligent, the most exhilarating, the least cheesy, the most action, the most characters, the best characters and it just oozes awesome. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is out today pretty much everywhere, will make squillions, needs to be seen in the biggest cinemas with the best sound systems and will impress the fans and one-off viewers. It is rated M and is way too short at 131mins. I could have sat through a Peter Jackson extended edition lengthed version of this movie.

 

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

This film is so cleverly science fiction and something the first new edition of Star Trek would have been proud of. It is exactly what the official synopsis states – it is the “ultimate ensemble cast film.” They took the best of the original X-Men movies with Jean-Luc Piccard, Gandalf and The Boy from Oz and that bunch and combined it with the most awesome “origin’s” X-Men characters played by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, J-Law and that bunch, came up with a sensational story that involves all of them on multiple time lines, made it incredibly believable and enjoyable and in no way convoluted and to make things even better, they fixed all the shit that went wrong with the original movies when they went crap.

 

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | WOLVERINE (HUGH JACKMAN) AND HIS MUSCLES ONTOP OF MUSCLES

 

If you jump all mutant times lines into the future Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage playing Dr Boliver Trask) has created a machine, a mutant destroyer pretty much, and good old Mystique/ Raven thinks this is bad so decides to annihilate Trask. Things go bad and Katniss, shit sorry Raven/Mystique, gets captured and evilly experimented on and her mutant genes are used as the benchmark to improve the Mutant Destroyers so they start wiping out all the mutants but then they start distinguishing which non mutants will eventually have mutant children or grand children so Earth becomes a place of darkness and genocide.

A group of mutants has survived and battles on barely, with ability to move people quick and foresee the oncoming machines they just cope. In one last ditch effort the plan is to send Wolverine’s mind back in time into his younger self, just after the time when Professor X lost his ability to walk and convince Young X to break out his nemesis Gandalf, oh shit, did it again, Magneto from the most secure prison in known existence and to round up a few people to stop Katniss from attempting to kill Tyrion so she never gets caught and the timeline resets to peace, happiness and mung beans.

 

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | PROFESSOR X (PATRICK STEWART) PILOTING THE X PLANE

 

The film could  have been called the best of both worlds as you get all your favourite characters from both series kicking butt. This is the greatness of the film but also a very mild weakness, if you are a HUGE fan of one character you are not getting them all the time, it jumps from character to character and they all pretty much get equal screen time and epic scenes. Of course we get the most of Wolverine as he is in both worlds. The film also introduces some new and impressive characters and I have to admit it, the hands down best character of all the X-Men films appears. My new favourite X-Men played by one of my favourite actors. Evan Peters’ QUICKSILVER – hands down the most fun X-Men character ever and in this film, his big scene lasts for two maybe three minutes and it has to be the best scene in all five X-Men films. I was crying with laughter. I hope we get a lot more of Peters in the next film.

 

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | QUICKSILVER (EVAN PETERS)

 

Bryan Singer knows how to X-Men, his film is an intelligent blockbuster that is epic and about mutant superheroes and that really sounds ridiculous but the film is anything but. His creativeness and cleverness in weaving this complex tale starring a multitude of A grade actors on multiple story line plots while keeping everything important intact and giving each character emotion and understandable backstory and everything making sense is just mind boggling. I bow to the master for this film. During this U.S. blockbuster season it is great to see a huge blockbuster made that actually has characters you like and empathise with and truly support.

I think the X-Men films work a lot better with ensemble casts, I mean Wolverine is awesome, but I have lost interest in both his standalone films, but as a member of X-Men he always shines. Singer knows how to make the ensembles work. He also directed the first two originals and keeps the canon alive and following the projected history. The great news is that the next one, X-Men: Apocalypse, is already underway, releasing in 2016. 🙂

 

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | RAVEN/ MYSTIQUE (JENNIFER LAWRENCE)

 

After the travesty of Godzilla this is the blockbuster of the Aussie Winter/ U.S. Summer you want to embrace. It will get you excited, it will fill you with heroes, mutants, action, science fiction, a blue JLaw, evil Tyrion Lannister, lots of Jackman abs, Gandalf and Piccard, being awesome together, Filth and Frank and best of all – you get to meet Quicksilver. I also think this a film suitable for most ages 10 and up but this is my thoughts, be sure to follow ratings guidelines. It is epic, it is awesome and it is out now. So suit up bitches and grab a ticket.

 

4 and a Half Pops