With a cast that would make any Director, let alone any X-Men fan, weep tears of pure joy, I was expecting great things from this movie.
With the franchise unexpectedly staggering around short of breath and clutching it’s chest just a few years ago, it was somewhat revived by 2011’s X-Men : First Class. And yes X-Men: The Last Stand …… the whole world IS looking at you! First Class, with it’s fresh faces and a script that didn’t take itself too seriously, it looked like X-Men would live to see another movie.
So yeah, there is a lot riding on this one and with Bryan Singer back at the helm, things were looking good.
From a dystopian future where mutants and humans alike are being hunted and herded by frightening robots known as Sentinels, Wolverine (Jackman) is sent back in time to try and change the future and save the world. The events of a single day in 1973 need to be stopped……now all he has to do is convince his fellow mutants to help him.
Back in 1973, Magneto (Fassbender) is being held prisoner at the Pentagon, Charles (McAvoy) is an alcoholic who exists in a depressed, drunken stupor at his estate and is aided only by the devoted Hank (Hoult). His school lies in ruins and his mutants have scattered. Luckily Wolverine is bigger than everybody and takes charge. He convinces Charles of his authenticity and they set out to release Magneto and bring back the mutants for….. well for one last stand. Or else, certain death awaits them all.
In this X-men world that has seen it’s predecessors go off on some pretty interesting tangents, Singer does a damn fine job of pulling it back in together, making sense of (almost) it all and moving the story forward. He was, I feel, the only correct choice for this movie. Sure there are some gaps but what else could he do? The last few years have not been his fault and you can only work with what you are given.
The effects are as spectacular and amazing as you would expect. One particular scene will have everyone talking.
To help break Magneto out of prison, they call on the special talents of Quicksilver (Peters). Once Magneto is rescued and they are on their way out of the Pentagon, in the time it takes to blink your eye, Quicksilver manages to disarm a swathe of security guards, sample some foods and ensure that when time does catch up to him, the results will be highly amusing. For cleverness, wit, charm and some great fun, this scene alone is worth the price of a ticket.
To comment on acting would be superfluous and possibly even rude. The cast is a Who’s Who of acting talent, young and old, and I am mentally genuflecting as I type. They all kick arse and they are all wonderful.
This movie is everything I expected and more. It is geeky enough for the geeks but not so geeky it keeps muggles away. It ties up some loose ends but opens up one or two more questions. Like ummmmm Wolverine’s claws…… Whaaaaaaaaaat 😛
You should race out to see see this movie. Then go back and see it again. Yep it is just that good. The whingers will always whinge but for me….a muggley geek ….. it was absolute perfection.
And I shouldnt have to …… but I will remind you to wait till the end. Alllllllllll the way to the end. Seriously, it’s starting to piss me off when people leave when the movie ends. Who even does that anymore! *sighs*
So go get your tickets and yeah…… get them in 3D. You will NOT be sorry
Love Flick xx
Director : Bryan Singer
Starring : Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Bingbing Fan, Daniel Cudmore
Running Time : 131 minutes
Release Date : 22 May 2014