Thursday, May 22, 2014

Latest X-Men is More Wolverine than Man

Nicholas Hoult (Beast), James McAvoy (Professor X) and (Hugh Jackman
 (Wolverine) star in "Xmen: Days of Future Past."
 (Marvel)
In the X-Men universe, it can be difficult keeping up with the various storylines. It doesn’t help that the movie’s endings don’t always fit with the sequels beginnings. For instance, in last year’s The Wolverine after the end credits, Logan (Wolverine) is approached at the airport by Magneto and Xavier warning him of a grave new threat to the mutant race. Xavier died at the end of the third X-Men movie, The Last Stand, so to see him alive and well would suggest that Marvel would explain how he came back to life in this movie. They don’t. Instead, in X-Men:Days of Future Past, Director Bryan Singer chose to ignore it altogether. Neither is there an explanation for why Xavier and Magneto are hanging out together or why the storyline was jumped to the year 2023.

The best comment I overheard from those attending the screening was:

“So, what did you think?”

“I was prepared to be disappointed, but it turned out okay.”


In what seems like a great idea, meshing the characters from the first set of films with the characters in the revised franchise (The First Class) doesn’t completely work. It was great to see some of the old gang again, but they are given little to do. Storm (Halle Berry) speaks about three lines of dialogue, makes her eyes go white and floats a little – but that’s about it. Still, if you can overlook these things, the film is still enjoyable.


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