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

Trailer Park Week 8

The second international trailer for:

The Wolverine

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.
Release Date: July 26, 2013 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film
Director: James Mangold

12 Years A Slave

Release Date: October 18, 2013 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Steve McQueen
Screenwriter: John Ridley
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp

Plot Summary: “12 Years a Slave” is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

Savannah

Release Date: August 23, 2013 (limited)
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Screenwriter: Annette Haywood-Carter, Kenneth F. Carter
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jaimie Alexander, Bradley Whitford, Sam Shepard, Tracy Walter, Jack McBrayer, Hal Holbrook
Genre: Drama

Plot Summary: “Savannah” is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.

R.I.P.D.

(Out this weekend July 18-19th)

Release Date: July 18, 2013 (3D/2D theaters, p.m. screenings)
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Robert Schwentke
Screenwriter: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray

Plot Summary: Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure “R.I.P.D.” as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.

R.E.D. 2

(Out this weekend July 18-19th)

Release Date: July 18, 2013 (p.m. screenings)
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Dean Parisot
Screenwriter: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough

Plot Summary: In “RED 2,” the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Prometheus Movie Review

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof

Cast

A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus”, on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive, it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

[*SPOILERS START HERE*]

There’s Sci-Fi (science fiction) and then there’s horror movies, and then there is that oddity that meshes the two together in this beautiful way, in what you could call perfect harmony–which is what “Promtheus” does. As a prequel to the now infamous “Alien” movie series, which Later spawned two Alien vs Predator movies, that were poorly received. Ye.. DON’T ASK. This Installment was highly entertaining and worth while for fans of movies, or even just fans of the series. It has those “left to the viewer to figure out” moments, and pretty crafty all the same.

The opening of the movie starts out beautifully. It shows us these landscapes of the world that in the movie, claim to  be in Ireland, or at least part of it. (but I’m sure they filmed that in Iceland… either way, Its just beautiful) *NOTE* THIS MOVIE IS MADE TO BE SEEN IN IMAX AND OR 3-D. In order to really appreciate the scope of what you’re seeing, it just would look so much better. I got a free ticket so I won’t complain. The cinematography was outstanding as were the V/FX(Visual effects).

spaceship used in prometheus

The choice of shots were amazing at the start, and for the most part throughout. The start really has a bang feeling to it, with how it’s shot (I really could talk about the start of this movie forever but its a two hour long movie so I’ll move along). Throughout the film we are taken to many different places and shown many different things, the way it’s introduced in this film seemed very natural, and when you think of where we are with technology, it seems very practical that you could believe some of these things would exist (the technology anyway) . This was probably the best horror movie we will get this year. It’s not overly gory, but just terrifying in the sense that it has crazy looking aliens that do some crazy stuff.

Acting was spotty I won’t lie. Charlize Theron was good, but some of her lines weren’t delivered to the best of her ability (watch monster and you may understand). Idris Elba had some, if not all the best lines in the film (he really is a suburb actor). It may be just me, but I detected light banter between the crew of space men which reminded me of Joss Whedon‘s work, it was good to make the movie a bit light. Guy Pearce was almost unrecognizable. Michael Fassbender plays such great villains in movies man, he was sort of the saving grace in Jonah Hex (but not enough to save that film). He has a way of being obviously evil, but yet deceiving enough to have you think he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It honestly is a joy to watch it all unfold.

Editing wise, it was put together very well. It switches from steady cam, to shaky cam, but WITHIN REASON. It isn’t over done and as I just said….it makes sense. I will give any movie with shaky cam a good rating, if the shaky has merit.

The Plot itself is good at best. I don’t know how much it connects to the other Alien movies, but I’m definitely gonna see the others now that I have this “back story”. If there was a moral of the story, it’s that we as humans should be mindful of what we want to discover. Sometimes our curiosity does get the better of us and we find out something we were WAY better off not knowing.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray if you have the other Alien movies.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW