Sunday, June 8, 2014

A New Stage is Set

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)

Produced By: 20th Century Fox, Marvel and others
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and others
Pros: Good story, suspense
Cons: Excessively slow
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

Just when you though X-Men was supposed to be a trilogy and some add-on movies, Marvel brings in another movie and if Days of Future Past is anything to go by, this is only the beginning. Starting off from what appears to be a Matrix-inspired plot, the movie quickly returns to that eternal X-Man: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

Overall, the movie is not as bad as other critics have made it out to be. It is the standard staple of X-Men that makes fans like me come back to it: a grand war with the mutants fighting each other as much as non-mutants, plenty of action and a thoughtful ending. All of that comes together in this movie with an underlying story that is plausible if you are willing to forget some elements from the previous movie. However, even those leaps of faith are excused because of the excellent work by the director in creating enough suspense, particularly in the second half, to keep the audience glued.

The problem with this movie though is that it is excessively slow for the most part. I could not help yawning and stretching during the moving (an almost empty auditorium certainly helped). Building suspense is one thing and delaying the story on purpose is another and for most of the movie, it was the latter, with the former coming to the fore only towards the last part. This is really what killed the movie for me although Jackman's acting was supreme, as always (the rest were decent, of course).

An extra plus-point for the movie is the rather sophisticated graphics. Now, I don't know what exactly was the need for it to be in some temple in a forsaken land, but it was good nonetheless, from a visual point of view. Overall, a decent movie and one that clearly states that the rules of X-Men are going to be written all over again. Worth a watch, but only once. (OTFS)

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