X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie Review

by Richard Davies
by Richard Davies

Don’t believe the hype.

Director: Bryan Singer Writer(s): Jane GoldmanSimon KinbergMatthew Vaughn

Cast:

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This story has been done in almost every iteration of the franchise known as the X-men.

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The story is more familiar with those who were born in the  late 70s/80s via comics by the legendary, Chris Claremont; and later by the cool kids who watched the X-men cartoons on fox kids (see above). Since then, it was last seen in comic form (if I’m not mistaken) in the Ultimate Comics version of X-men or the T.v. cartoon, “Wolverine and the X-men”. Whichever was first. But more on that in another post..

The X-Men are, simply put, the white versions of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X with mutant powers Prof. X and Magneto respectively). Their powers could be said to be accurate to their Real life, black inspirations. But that’s another story all on its own. From where we left them we saw Prof. X crippled and Magneto forming the first Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants. Time passes and then we’re in the future. In my personal opinion this was the(ir) first mistake of sorts. Well… in the way it was handled. I’m all for dystopian futures and stuff of that sort but, this was just a very flat portion of the film. Sentinels are shown here as these giant leap in the line of defence. However, as cool as they are, we’re all gathered to see the X-Men kick ass. To put it lightly,  that doesnt happen to much.

Honestly, I need to just get this off my chest. What really bothers me, is the made up for the sake it, power that Kitty Pryde aka Shadow Cat has. As an avid movie goer,  it works. But as a fan, its a giant piss off.

Ok, back to this story. One of the best things between all the films is Prof. X desire to inspire hope and confidence in humans and mutants alike all while battling his best friend in Magneto. One of the best performances you will probably see this summer comes from Michael Fassbender and  James McAvoy in a plane. The intensity of it and the dire need for it is amazing. Then past that was the real purpose of this story; To see where Charles got to become the hopeful inspiration he is. Those are very interesting elements and I thought, of anything else, Bryan Singer really captured that marvelously. By the end of the film you’re just happy he pulled the first ever movie retcon to a franchise that desperately needed it.

x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideThere was a lot of hate on the look of new comer Quicksilver and its understandable. I still think the choices behind his look were stupid. But it does make sense within the story. Its the 70s. A time where basically anything goes and it was very much the boom of of society as we see it and/or know it today. The actor was tremendously casted as well. I wouldn’t say be on the look out for him but, I’m sure he will be back in the next X-Men movie. More on this dude later. Wolverine was very much the tent pole character he’s been since the first movie 14 years ago. He was a brute individual who basically got caught up in the words and actions of prof.X and his fellow X-Men. Jackman has played many various mindsets with this character and if he decided to retire from the role, I wouldn’t be mad. I think in his acting range he’s exhausted all abilities to the character. Plus he keeps hinting he’s done anyway. Aside from that, the future set of mutants didn’t really do much for me. I enjoyed them. But in terms of development, I don’t think anything new was added. I would have liked to seen a bit more of their story. Writer, Simon Kinberg said it was his vision to show you the “end” to original actors. But not to rule anything out.

My biggest flaws with this are the pacing, character relationships, and lack of music. As cool as the fights and action was. I felt it was all very short and uninspired. Bryan Singer isn’t the best for fight scenes,  the best one he was in charge of was and still is X2:X-Men United. This felt like a natural progression to X-Men First class, but it lacked a lot in the action and showing the best of the powers with the added new mutants. The overall look and pacing was off. It was funny but not entirely consistent. It was dry but not sand paper dry (thank the Lord). Theres one point where Iceman and Shadow Cat run by each other and have some weird moment. And for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. That would have been great to see what happened to their love over the years from X3: Last Stand. Beyond that it just felt off. Didn’t seem to get a rhythm going until after the first 40 mins. Then you have the “very odd given the circumstances” love between Charles and Raven aka Mystique. Sorry it just rubbed me the wrong way and sort of came out of left field. Music is probably the most important part to a movie or anything you watch. Its very suggestive and I feel with the epicness that was First Class, this was a giant let down. Another thing that sort of bothered me, was the swtiching back and forth with the current style of film and what I’m guessing was 16mm film. It was natural given the period but felt out of place because as a movie.. who exactly is looking at that reel? We were (mentally) following Wolverine. Why are we seeing that?

Bottom line: I think this is perfect for simple movie watching with no history known or prior memory of the other iterations of this story. The lack of a epic score really dumbs this movie down and where the editing is concerned it is isn’t the strongest. Its not a terrible film but its NO WHERE NEAR THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME. Avengers still happened, Captain America still happened, The Dark Knight still happened, Iron Man still happened… THE FIRST CHRIS REEVES MOVIE STILL HAPPENED… so… yea.



 

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6.9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10 (Score was lacking),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy add if you have the others in the series so far. Only getting  it for the special features.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #8

“Scott, I’m saying this as clearly as I can… Stop this or I will stop you” -Prof X.

Namor has brought a wet hellish fury upon Wakanda, the Avengers aren’t totally prepared, Cap.A & BP(Black Panther) lead the charge. Iron Man grabs Lei Kung thru a Portal back to Kun Lun. Where Hope & Logan had just arrived.  Namor fights with Cap.A, fitting since Namor was the one to find Cap.A in the ice, years & years ago. Iron Fist tries to help, but is thwarted, BP tries to use Namor’s Turned back against him, Namor seems to be willing to give a finishing blow, (of course there’s that egotistical dialogue to show how strong he is) but BP, and Cap.A were stalling.. For the Arrival of Earth’s Mightiest. Else where, Cyclops becomes aware of Namor’s actions & prepares to head to Wakanda. Even though Namor breaks the ones who seem to be unbreakable, Cap.A Sends in the biggest Gun, Wanda Maximoff to the final blow, she’s successful, but as he falls and the fighting seems to have stopped.. All the hero’s question if its a win. & just as they do the rest of the PHX.5 arrive, the hero’s retreat, & some how, the X-men absorb the Phoenix Force from Namor, thus making them the PHX 4. “How dare you Scott Summers” says Charles Xavier (Prof. X) mentally. He tells Cyclops to stop or he himself will stop him. When the heroes get to Kun Lun, they realize that it took every single one of them, to beat Namor, and that each time one of them falls, the PHX. Force will just go back to one of the remaining members of the PHX.4. To be continued.

Bendis wrote a great issue. Which is normal. I swear he can rarely do wrong in my eyes and even if he does, I know its really to set something else up. I believe Bendis is amazing at handling a great sum of characters, he’s proven that with his landmark run on the two main Avengers titles. (Marvel needs to keep it at 2 Avengers… 3 at max) the characters that do talk, actually have something to lose and also have a history. Mostly Cap.A & BP, though I do wish BP had more lines since it was his country being destroyed. As I’ve said before I don’t know how much influence a writer has on what is actually drawn, in the way it is. But if he had a hand in it, then that makes him even better.

Adam Kubert, has this wicked style that I can appreciate more each time because there’s often MANY GAPS is how often I see it. He has this (as I interpret) style that seems almost like a well done sketch. Like he goes says ok Ill’ draw this roughly and then tada, its perfect. Ok maybe not literally. But.. It seems that way. My fave moments by him is the first page, the above Alternate cover, the first time we see the Avengers Vs Namor the Rulk moment,and the telepathy between Prof.X and Cyclops. They all had this great epic moment to it. I do like the way the mini fight between Wanda and Namor was handled in the panels. Its hard to have a “fight” in a comic book. But may have been the best thing I’ve seen in some time. (Though not this series).

The weight of the conversation between Prof. X and Cyclops is just huge. Remember Scott was an orphan and he has basically always known Prof.X for everything. From teaching him how to control his powers, to helping him deal with the loss of Jean Grey and everything in between. Its also such a menacing scene when you look at it. Look out for #9 PEACE!

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.6 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #3

The third book in this series is a bit quieter.

The fighting is over for the most part and where Hope left Wolverine & Spider-Man, is where this book picks up. Logan awakes after being cooked alive, and Spider-Man fills him in on what he’s missed out on. Logan being who he is, realizes this doesn’t smell right, so when he finds out Cyclops has surrendered, he races over to tell the Avengers it’s a trap, no one believes him and thanks to that, Cyclops disappears with the aid of Colossus’ sister Illanya. When they reach the new location, a plan of finding Hope is put in place. Next is a scene of Hope who builds a location disrupter that throws all tracking systems off the right path. Back at Avengers tower, Logan and Cap.A speak to Rachel Summers, who joined with Logan and his school, who then gives false information to Logan, but seems to have already helped Scott Summers (yes they’re related.. In some multiverse way) with the locations in hand, Cap.A sets up teams to see which lead is legit. Wolverine is with Cap.A, Sharon Carter, and Giant Man who are off to the Savage Land (I recommend you click the link, so as to understand what happens next a little bit). Cap.A pulls Logan aside and tells him what he wants, and his actions on utopia aren’t acceptable, Logan proves stubborn, Cap.A gets irritated, and kicks him from the Quinjet into the arctic snow! … To be continued.

I just wanna say, Ed Brubaker has been working on Captain America for at least 2 years. So that little scuffle with Captain A. is bias… And unfair so America didn’t beat Canada FYI! But other than that, it’s a solid written issue. Not the best out of the series, but it definitely moves the story along. Which is what all story based things need. There is also a scene with Iron Man and Cap.A I didn’t mention above but its my favourite part of this book EASILY!!. I don’t know Brubaker much. I don’t but after reading this I may look at some of his Cap.A run.

Continuity is key to me in a comic book. I’m sure its what made Watchmen so successful. There’s one scene, the start, that has you confused since we left Logan with clothes on, then in this issue you he’s “butt naked” (I’m assuming). But past that it is pretty consistent with having all the battle damage that each hero was shown having. His art this time around is still as superb as it’s ever been. The scene with Magneto moving the metal containers out of the way is one of my favourite scenes. Though that may be a photoshop thing versus his actual talent. Either way.. Its fantastic.

As I said with the Cap.A beating Logan. It’s the only problem I have with this issue. That aside, this is shaping up to be a grand story either way. Wait till next issue where it goes into overdrive.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 3 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3.7 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #2

With cyclops throwing the  proverbial first punch… It’s official.. Avengers vs X-men has begun.


The last issue ends with S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier flying just above Utopia where the fight really gets started in minutes, Hulk(Red) vs Colossus, Iron Man vs Emma Frost, Iron Man vs Magneto, Cyclops vs Captain America, Namor vs The Thing & Luke Cage, Dr Strange vs Magik. It all felt like the battle issue that was supposed to happen, given the title of the book. As all the fighting is taking place, Emma escorts Hope away, and realizing, she is the sole reason this is happening, she tells Emma that she needs to be out there. Emma instructs Hopes friends to not allow her to leave. No matter what. Hope, being trained by Cable, soon finds a way out. But not before Wolverine, who managed to slip away, tried to kill her. Some how Hope manages to tap into the Phoenix energy that is within her, and burns Wolverine inside and out. Hope has escaped. In space, Thor, Valkyrie, Beast, Ms Marvel, The Protector, War Machine, the Vision & Captain Britain look at raw power, the power of life and death itself, right in the face… To be continued.

 

Jason Aaron isn’t a writer I follow extensively. When I was trying to catch up on X-men, he did the Wolverine story where he is looking for Mystique for back stabbing the X-men (Though why you’d ever trust a shape shifter who abandoned both her kids, is beyond me), but this issue, even though its mostly a fighting issue, it has this odd grace to it. The small narration when two hero’s clash added that extra spice to make this book everything nice (Ye.. I just said that).
John romita is still as awesome as he has ever been in this issue. There’s something about his style that makes his stuff just look flawless, Maybe its the inker’s he gets to work with, but either way, the combo is just great. There are moments that are still epic and with the way the panels are placed they make everything better. My favourite moment is when Magneto challenges Iron Man and the build up to that is just a delight (Aaron & Romita may work very well together).

This book plays right into the title. This is definitely the most action packed issue until.. Well I won’t ruin which issue. But it is. (Keep reading the reviews to see.) Sadly the only thing this book/issue lacks is any clear cut winner between any two individual sides like Hulk (the red one.. here on out shall be”Rulk”) vs Colossus.. Like I’d want to see that fight. Hopefully Marvel is smart and make this a direct to dvd series that give us crazy fights and can help elaborate the story and the battles further.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.2 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW