6 Jun 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

We are living in a renaissance of Geek.  Dr Who is back with a vengeance, Cosplay is a thing, we are even getting new Star Wars films.  If you look at TV, some of the  most popular shows consist of Game of Thrones (GOT has just been announced as more popular than the Sopranos), Arrow, Agents of Shield and the arrow spin off  The Flash is about to start. Basing on the dreadful amount of times it is repeated  (it was on 3 times a week at one stage)  Big Bang Theory is the new Friends.
Jareth was devastated to hear TV2 had swapped American Horror story for Seinfeld

At the moment three of the top five grossing films consist of a fairy tale, a monster movie and X-Men: Days of Future Past. 

With the success of super hero films like Avengers,  The Spiderman Trilogy, the Spiderman reboot trilogy, Batman, Superman etc the studios will happily endorse more super hero movies. Antman, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, another Avengers movie, the Justice League movie, The Black Panther Movie, the Lobo movie, are all in some form of development right now. But is this too much of a good thing?

I enjoyed the first X-Men film, but I thought that it had issues. Killing off Sabretooth seemed detrimental to the franchise, and while I don't know much about the X-Men the depreciation of Cyclops seemed a bit lame. By the third film I was over the franchise entirely.

But Matthew Vaughn, the man that brought us  Kick-Ass, Stardust and the marvelous Layer Cake, wrote and directed  X-men: First Class and brought the fans back into the fold with the best film of the franchise.


However Vaughn was not directing X-Men: Days of Future Past which bothered me. I was worried that this would be a terribly bloated film where Wolverine saves the day with no pathos or drama as he is indestructible. Boo and yawn. 

But With Bryan Singer directing, Matthew Vaughn one of the writers, and a massive ensemble cast of James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman, I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes it could have been a dog, but not only is Days of Future Past so good that it challenges First Class as the best of the franchise, it completely reinvigorates it.  

I am not going to give you a synopsis as I think it would be too much of a spoiler, but I will say that just when you think you might be over super hero movies, a film like this comes along and reminds you why you love them in the first place. 

Unless you don't in case you won't really. 

8 marvels monkeys!

1 comment:

  1. Of all the shows and films mentioned, Arrow is all that matters.....maybe The Transporter also.