Friday, May 23, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I'm often hard on Marvel comic films even though the general public loves them so.  I'm the first to admit they look great from a distance, since they're generally cast perfectly and they spare no expense on the visual effects or any of the production costs.  But the scripts are almost always lacking.  In order to maximize revenue they are written to appeal to the masses.  There's no edge, nothing that could be taken as offensive, and no real sense of danger since there's virtually no chance they would kill off a beloved character.  (Do you really think they would dare kill a money making machine like Wolverine?  This is Jackman's seventh time in the role so far, so no way!  And if they did, he would surely be resurrected somehow in the next installment.)  As a result, most Marvel comic films are very formulaic and good always defeats evil so everyone can go home happy.

With that said, I am, always have been, and always will be a fan of the X-Men, and I'd be perfectly happy seeing this cast continue to make these movies for the rest of my life.  In my opinion, X-Men: First Class was the best one so far.  So my expectations were high for this one where the new cast and old cast are in the same film, via time travel.  Wolverine must travel back in time in order to stop a certain event from happening to prevent the most dangerous enemies the X-Men have ever faced from being created.  Sound familiar?  It should, because it's basically the same premise as we've seen a hundred times.  I wish I could say this movie brought something clever and new to this tired premise, but it doesn't.  And in fact it just glosses over all the known issues like the time travel paradox and the butterfly effect.  But let's face it, this is not a thinking man's movie, and those details are not what the everyman is looking for.  They want action, comedy, and some memorable moments.  This has all of those.  So in short it's good but it's not great.  It's not as good as X-Men: First Class and not as good as Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  But it's better than Godzilla!

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  X-Men fans will be satisfactorily entertained.  Non-fans need not go out of their way for it.

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