Review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

X-Men: Days of Future Past PosterX-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars3 out of 5 stars
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
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The Days of Meh…

I went to the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” last night with high expectations. I had heard a lot of people who said they really liked it and was looking forward to some fun comic book entertainment. My final assessment however was simply, “Meh.” I liked it, but not nearly as much as I hoped.

Without giving away any spoilers, the premise of the story is that in the future, the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. The X-Men send Wolverine back into their past in an attempt to make a vital change to their time-line that would prevent the horrors of their time from ever occurring…

My biggest problem with the movie is a disconnect I felt though big chunks of the movie. I found that I was completely unmoved or interested in lots of the action, drama, and plot – like I was watching a boring documentary or something. The fault wasn’t in the action, acting or effects, but in the writing and pacing. I simply was not invested in what was going on. This was true of the entire movie, with the exception of early in the film when Wolverine has returned to the past and is trying to get a team together. The best of this section of the film is an fun prison break segment. Besides that though it seemed no matter how big the spectacle, the rest of the movie seemed to me as “unmoving”, “slow” or simply “trite and annoying”.

So in short, the movie did not have nearly the level of exciting action, character banter, and comic-book fun that The Avengers had. It’s sad that the “X-Men”, my favorite comic series, has not produced a movie quite as exciting or fun as the actual comics; while a series I never really got into as a comic, “The Avengers”, has become my favorite super hero movie.

My local library has a copy of “The Days of Future Past” graphic novel which is a compilation of the original comic book story line that this movie is based on, and I’ve put it on hold as I don’t recall ever reading it before. I’m curious how they handle a key power of one of the character’s in the movie… to see if the original comic handled the appearance of this new power as poorly as the movie did. [UPDATE: See my review of the “Days of Future Past” Comic Trade Paperback here.]

SPOILER ALERT?!

I don’t think this is a major spoiler, as the “going back in time” premise is in all the movie trailers… However, if you want to go into the movie without ANY hints, STOP READING NOW!. Otherwise, click the “Show” button below to read on…

Spoiler: Deus ex machina disrupts suspension of disbelief Show

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