Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 131 minutes

Plot
In a world where humans with special powers are labeled mutants and their gifts are feared instead of celebrated, the biggest war known to mankind is born. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was sent back from the future to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from unknowingly starting a war that would wipe out the mutants.

He Said
As someone who is unfamiliar with the X-Men universe, I didn’t know the histories of the characters and therefore didn’t fully comprehend the context of the story. Nevertheless, I was still able to enjoy the movie as a standalone, filled with action and special effects. The star-studded cast also didn’t hurt.

She Said
I watched this movie for Jennifer Lawrence. While she delivered as always, I must say her singsong Vietnamese sucks. Even with the English subtitles, I couldn’t reverse translate what she uttered. As a whole, the movie was good though rather predictable. In the superhero genre, I do believe the Dark Knight trilogy trumps X-Men. X-Men carries a slightly different message, however, where true evil is ignorance and differences should be embraced.

We Say
As another sequel in the X-Men movie franchise, this movie is basically another run-of-the-mill superhero film custom-made for the summer box office. While not bad by any means, it is ultimately only superficially entertaining.

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3 comments

  1. I was pleasantly surprised to see Fan Bing Bing on the big screen. Of the Huan Zhu Ge Ge’s cast, I would have thought Vicki to be the first to break into Hollywood. Fan’s screentime was minimal, but so was Halle Berry’s…

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    1. Your comment affirms the gut feeling I had while watching this movie that I would probably appreciate it more if I had seen the past X-Men movies. Perhaps I might get around to watching the earlier movies to get a better understanding.

      I do agree with you that it’s refreshing to watch a series continuation rather than a reboot (here’s looking at the insufferable The Amazing Spider Man).

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