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May 29, 2014

X-Men sequel fails to leave lasting mark

The third super-hero film of the year arrived in theaters over the holiday weekend.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh entry into the X-Men universe. Loosely based on the popular storyline from the early 80’s, Days of Future Past showcases a dystopian future where mutants are almost extinct and humanity is enslaved by large sentient beings (Sentinels). To combat this bleak future, the remaining X-Men form a plan to send Wolverine back in time (to 1973) to stop an assassination that triggered the cascade of events that have produced this hopeless future. Bryan Singer returns to direct and is joined by a quite exclusive cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Peter Dinklage.

Ryan: The X-movies are in need of a serious kick-in-the-pants. It’s been 11 years since there was a noteworthy X-Men movie (X2: X-Men United).

Meanwhile, X-Men: The Last Stand (almost) killed the franchise.

The two solo Wolverine films have both been disappointments and X-Men: First Class felt like a breath of fresh air at first, but ultimately didn’t leave a lasting impression. So in a lets-put-all-of-our-chips-on-the-table move, the filmmakers decided to combine the best of both worlds with regard to combining the original cast with the new cast. Make no mistake about it, Days of Future Past is an ambitious operatic movie and at least from a financial standpoint it has reinvigorated the franchise. From an artistic standpoint, the movie is “somewhat” of a mess, but it’s entertaining and at least feels like its own thing — like you are watching an X-Men movie.

Andy: The Marvel Comics theatrical onslaught that resumed earlier in the spring /summer with Spiderman continues with X-Men: Days of Future Past. As a moviegoer suffering from “superhero fatigue,” I was not excited entering the theatre for yet another X-Men movie, and I have to say that it was pretty much what I expected. The plot is basically as preposterous as the title indicates, with an absurd time-travel-to-save-the-world premise that drowns out the more interesting essential X-Men question: what should society do with potentially dangerous mutants? While that ground has been trod many times in the X-Men franchise, it has never been given the thoughtful consideration on film that it deserves. The same is true for this latest incarnation, as the super-action takes over the movie.

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