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I Feel Lucky

By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014 Revised 25th May 2014 Revised 26th May 2014


Never since I studied Koina Greek have ever seen such a wealth of information so fabulously systematised. Bryan Singer's "X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" (2014) is awesome. I found myself relaxing and enjoying the film :) In fact I left half way through so I could come back tomorrow and start again.

Sky born buildings from Garth Jennings' "THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY" (2005) deliver sentinels to exotic locations in a war torn world the texture of Joseph Kosinski's "OBLIVION" (2013) or McG's "TERMINATOR SALVATION" (2009) and memorable faces burn to cinder at their hands.

In a tight segment at the opening of "X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" (2014) that is as tight as any story told on screen, Bryan Singer explores the terminator legacy left to us by James Cameron in his "TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY" (1991). Machines burn inside as if they are the heirs of the destroyer of Asguard in Kenneth Branagh's "THOR" (2011) and are built like barbie dolls. Mutants

amaze us with concepts large enough to make projecting someone's consciousness into their young body seem, pft, easy. I am particularly impressed with Blink (Bingbing Fan)'s ability to rip holes in the air that are portals to other locations.

Probably the only concept that really asked too much of me was that the sentinels could adapt to any mutant gift. Any! No matter how fabulous could be mimicked by this technology, by technology built on Raven's DNA. That and the confusion between Logan's physicality and mind snapping back, making him the only illegible mutant for projection back to 1973. It was nice to see how powerful the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) truly is. In 1973 he was immutable to Magneto's power. His hand weapons were made of bone. It was impressive, "though disgusting" - Peter (Evan Peters).

The biggest giggle was Peter's essential role in the liberation of Magneto from under the Pentagon after the manner of Hammy, voiced by Steve Carell in Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick's "OVER THE HEDGE" (2006). This guy moves fast and even has a slight issue in pacing his speech so it comes out straight in real time. He's such a cute character. Everyone loves him. His, "father," potentially, picks up pots, knives and pans with which to annihilate security and the kitchen staff. Peter tears around in a manner,

fast enough to redirect all of the speeding bullets, poising men to knock themselves out and be hamstrung by wedgies. All the while Peter samples the cooking and positions himself for best advantage.

Vietnam, Nixon's character (known as a man whom nothing could be put past and could credibly be working with Trask (Peter Dinklage, who was awesome as a non-dwarf specific guy) who is out to use our mutants), the sound and joy of the very happening 70s, JFK and the joke of the curving bullet. It's all there resoundingly. Singer incorporated it all effortlessly. Perhaps he was wind assisted by his writing team which included the great director Matthew Vaughan ("STARDUST" (2007)): expert in feeling real.

We find things out. The Wolverine may have a name in his youth. Jimmy or Timmy. Charles Xavier was a happening guy when he was young. Despite being Scottish James McAvoy can play a happening guy. The pyramids were built by a mutant in apocryphal times in a desert, which was a very exciting coda and well worth hanging around until the end of the scrolling titles for.

I heartily recommend this movie. 10/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Bryan Singer's

Director Bryan Singer
Producers Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer
Stars Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto - young), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast), Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine)
Release Date 22nd May 2014
Category Sequel Action Adventure
Running Time 130 minutes (2 hours, 10 minutes)
Rating G
Origin USA
Coda YES! Best Coda EVA! A pasty blue mutant worshiped by masses in a desert assembles pyramids while the four horsemen look on. It's thrilling.
Distributor 20th Century Fox
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