Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (Jackman & McAvoy) Change the past to save the future of mutants

 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.

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