Monday, 16 February 2015

X-Men:Days of Future Past - Phil's Five Words for Films

X-Men:Days of Future Past This is a great example of the idea being better than the reality. On paper, a time travelling X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry and many others, seems like a great idea. Uniting the old and new cast together in one awesome film. However, if the writing is this lazy and incoherent, no amount of special effects and star dust will cover up the holes. The story is all over the place, sudden revelations crowbarred in to provide a workable plot point. Whole histories erased and characters rewritten in the name of a 'reboot'. More time was probably spent writing the cast list than developing a convincing storyline, choosing to go with 'Mutants+Matrix+Terminator'. Done. The two saving graces were Peter Dinklage playing 'Bolivar Trask' and 'Quicksilver', a mutant with super-speed, both of which provided high points in an otherwise lame film. Basically, a badly thought out, overly produced mutation of a sequel to a prequel that undoes so much of the good work in the early franchise films. Lazy, messy, star-studded gobbledegook.

4 out of 10
Cert 12A ( UK )
2014. 130 mins                    

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