5.23.2014

Past and Pending


Thank you, X-men and Spider-man for reminding me why I'm not completely sick of the superhero genre yet. Though this movie was not quite perfect to me (and I'm still not sure where it ranks with the others in the series,) this has to be one of the funnest movies I've seen in some time! It just felt like I was on a roller coaster ride....which is one of the best things you can ask for in a summer movie. But besides the mere thrills it has to offer (which I'll be honest they're not mere at all,) it also has the added benefit that these are characters we're familiar with. And in this particular film the cast who portrays them has never been better.

At the beginning of the film, I was pretty iffy on whether or not I liked how this movie was laid out. It all seemed a bit too Thor for my tastes... and then suddenly became Men in Black 3, (well what I remember from Men in Black 3 since I only saw it once and promptly fell asleep...) Let me just clarify that neither of which are a good combination. I didn't have to wait too long before my fears were brought to rest. Once it gets to the real story and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (ESPECIALLY Fassbender) share the screen along with Hugh Jackman's Logan/Wolverine it's simply joyous. 

I'll be honest, I did find some of if rather puzzling...and let's just say the continuity is just all over the place. For the most part, everyone acts like X-men 3 never existed, and who can really blame them? Best to sweep that under the rug and do its own thang. So yeah it feels like the movie is its own weird little conundrum set outside every continuity...but somehow it works. Side note, the Mystique love in this movie was kind of ridiculous. Suddenly she's the star? I mean she's always been cool, but some of it was a bit much. I much preferred the focus to be on Eric and Charles' relationship....and honestly just more of Michael Fassbender period. Can that guy just play Magneto til the end of time?? He and McAvoy just play off each other so well you wish every scene was just the two of them (with occasionally Jackman joining in on the fun.) 

For the most part, this movie corrected the mistake the previous film made about focusing on lame mutants. No Zoe Kravitz with butterfly wings here! Instead, Quicksilver is introduced and steals every scene he's in. I wish there could have been more of him. One of his sequences is easily the best in the film. So yeah... just a few scattered thoughts here and there. All in all, the film was incredibly entertaining, and though it took me a little bit to warm up to and isn't perfect...it absolutely works. Emily rating: 9/10

3 comments:

Johanna said...

Yeah, I probably still won't see it.

Sarah said...

I'll put it on my Red Box list for the future. :)

Michelle said...

I loved this movie and I am so glad I saw it in theaters. I liked it only slightly less than The Amazing Spiderman 2. Very satisfied, promptly went home to watch the other X-men movies.