X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart. Director, Bryan Singer. Though this had all the bells & whistles of a Marvel film, superhero movie; it wasn’t necessarily super-entertaining for someone like me, who enjoys these movies but isn’t a fanatic.
Jackman was in good form, even if he was a little tired & too old for the part of Wolverine. His counterpoint is McAvoy, who plays a younger version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X; is marvelous & adroit. Such a wonderful actor, who’s able to emote just the right amount of ennui & desperation.
Good movie. Great & predictable special effects. Huge amounts of action & balanced with just enough soul-searching & dialogue between characters, to make it epic in nature, but not feminine in feelings & discussion. However; it wasn’t a fantastic film for an average viewer, who enjoys science fiction but isn’t necessarily an addict of Marvel or superheros, in general. Most of it, of course, was contextual & needed knowledge of everything in advance. I can extrapolate & pull old memories out of a hat, but it gets a bit annoying; when one expects a stand-alone movie, to watch & immerse oneself in.
Lawrence, while being the “it-girl” lately in her recent hits, is eclipsed by older, more established actors. Which is as it should be – including the young & fresh Hoult. Who will someday do wonderful things. Maybe.
Also predictably, I recommend the film for viewing. Despite my nit-picking, it’s a grand adventure that’s not overwhelming. Simple enough plot for even children to understand & one doesn’t really need to know what every Dick & Harry is all about, should be doing, or why.
Everything is as it should be & I do hear that fanatics are more than pleased with the outcome.