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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Yes, finally, despite the drama and scandal, Bryan Singer, the director of the only two good X-Men films has returned! Finally, thanks to the power of time paradoxes, we can quite literally forget all about The Last Stand. Though, unfortunately, it is cannon as far as some things are concerned – but we’ll get to that later.

This time the team is in the year 2023, where mutants are hunted down and forced into internment camps, as are the humans who aid them. Now it is up to the remaining X-Men to travel back in time to prevent these atrocities from ever happening, that is, if their future selves can survive in the meantime. Disclaimer: I have never read the comics pertaining to any of these film – just a head’s up.

 

...I'll be in my bunk.

…I’ll be in my bunk.

Considering how this franchise has been going, it’s definitely safe to say that Days of Future Past is a step in the right direction (following First Class, of course). Future Past is chocked full of characters and well-paced action sequences that we’ve all come to know and love, as well social commentary on injustice and equality.

And as always, there are a few new cast-members to join the crew – my vote goes towards Peter Maximoff aka Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Despite the cheesy commercials, I think Quicksilver’s scenes are probably the coolest sequences of this film – definitely close to being on par with Nightcrawler’s X2 opener.

Also Storm had literally two minutes of screen-time and she gets the worst wig ever.

Also Storm had literally two minutes of screen-time – why did they have to put that thing on her head?

 

My main issue with this film is the villain, Boliver Trask (hooray Peter Dinklage!). I understand that anti-mutant politicians/corporations are not that unusual as far as villains go, but usually there’s some sort of deeper motive behind our villains. For instance, take William Stryker of X2: he had a personal vendetta against mutants after his mutant son caused his mother to end her life. Trask is just an arrogant asshole. I get that he’s concerned about the extinction of the human race, but I felt that his obsession came out of nowhere.

Speaking of “out of nowhere,” how did Charles survive after his obliteration in The Last Stand? He was just some sort of channeled consciousness in the stinger at the end, and then fully materialized in the stinger after The Wolverine – how does that work? It’s not like he returned to his body because if memory serves, it was dissipated. I think I’d rather see the movie where Charles’ consciousness enters a comatose patient and then his physical appearance changes over time. Or surgery. Something. Anything. I guess it really doesn’t matter now, does it?

Days of Future Past is a solid action film. Amidst the booms and pows come times of existential quandary and reflection. The bit between the two Charles’ is probably one of the best pep talks I’ve seen in a while. Now, if we could only flesh out the baddies a bit more, we might have had another X2 on our hands. Oh well, there’s still Apocalypse to look forward to.

Final Grade: B+

 

 

 

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This is the End

“Man-child pack” really doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as the rat pack or the brat pack, but I’m really not sure how else to describe this group of mostly Goldenberg-ites as of now, so let’s go with it. We’ve got Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride together as themselves, during the apocalypse.

Shenanigans ensue.

Shenanigans ensue.

All around, this movie was a good time. This is the End doesn’t try to be anything more than it is – man-children growing up a little. Little social commentary is needed or wanted for that matter. It helps to know a thing or two about these guys, but really in this cebraculture we’re immersed in, that really isn’t much of an issue, is it?

This is the most satisfying performance of Michael Cera's career.

This is the most satisfying performance of Michael Cera’s career.

It’s arguable that they tried too hard to go that extra mile about what it means to be a good person, but really, during the Apocalypse, I can’t say I blame them. Everything makes sense for the situation at hand, and we’re given some decent extremes – considering McBride’s douchebaggery and Baruchel’s piousness. Sometimes people are just assholes no matter what – but as we learn from James Franco, the intention outweighs the action. There’s a lesson for all of us I suppose.

Overall, this is a great little romp of a movie. It’s a bit predictable come the crunch, but the antics are incredibly entertaining. So if you’re into pop-culture references and dick jokes ahoy, go for it. If not, well, at least you’ll have a good time.

Final Grade: B+

The Seventh Art

Hey there everybody!  In case you were unaware, there’s this great web-based video magazine called The Seventh Art.  Here you can find interviews with renowned directors, as well and video blogs.  Oh, and what’s this?  Yours truly has now been published.

Check it out!

What’s to Come

Hello lumplings –
I know I haven’t been posting as much as I would like, but I am excited to announce that my thesis project is coming along nicely, and I will be posting it upon its completion.

Here’s a hint: It involves Kubrick.

Here’s another hint: I have a title card –

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An Announcement

In the wake of some afterthought, discussion and deliberation, I have decided not to continue Superhero Sundays.  I simply do not have enough time or experience to devote to more articles on various superheroes and their films.  Instead, I’d rather do something that I’m more comfortable with.  Starting next week will be my new feature, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, in which I discuss and musicals – underrated, overrated or just okay, whether stage adaptations or otherwise.  See you then!

 

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