How many X-Men does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Apparently it takes about a good 20 or so X-Men and all their amazing friends to screw in one light bulb or better yet, execute on one idea to make the world a better place. I’d take those numbers any day.

First off, this review will be completely spoiler free. I hate it when others spoil movie plots and scenes for me before I can view them, so I typically make it to the earliest showtimes possible to avoid that from happening.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and Fox just released its 7th X-Men franchised film (purchased from Marvel back before they started their own studio and cinematic universe), and the title is one I’ve been excited for since it’s first announcement. X-Men: Days of Future Past is based somewhat on the story arc released by Marvel Comics back in 1997 that spanned across 50-51 issues of assorted books. Books including Age of Apocalypse, X-Men Alpha, Generation Next, Astonishing X-Men, Blink and a few others I’m not thinking of right now. Now the book version of the story line differs a lot from the movie, so if you haven’t seen the movie by now, then your knowledge of the books story arcs won’t ruin anything for you.

Typically before I sit down and write my opinion on comic book movies, I usually get in some much needed screen time. I like to give it a couple of viewings so I can take in what I’ve experienced with a proper pov and not rush to opinions to quickly. In this case, I’ve seen X-Men:DOFP (3) times and by George, it’s gets better and better as I continue to notice things I missed the first few times around. This is coming from someone who also grew up reading X-Men, X-Force, X-Factor and so on and have been a fan of the movies since Bryan Singers intro in 2000 with the first X-Men movie. X-2 and First Class were definitely my favorites before this latest iteration, which in my opinion combined everything I loved about the two previous mentioned X titles. Not only is DOFP a total geek fest but it’s just a great movie with spectacular people born with extraordinary abilities and their fight to save not just their lively hood, but that of us normal humans as well.

The acting in this movie and the emotions captured by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender playing the younger roles of Professor X and Magneto is magnificent. I felt every line and delivery and there wasn’t more I could ask for. Especially from James and you’ll see what I mean if you haven’t seen it by the time you finish reading this. My favorite scene in any comic book movie has always been by Night Crawler (what an awesome name) in X-2: X-Men United in the opening 5-10 minutes. Using his teleportation to try and take out the President of the United States. That title has recently been taken by none other than Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, another version of a character directed by Bryan Singer. Without saying too much, this scene alone is worth the price of admission. Nuff’ Said. The way the story carries itself breathlessly from future to past and back and forth is an accomplishment for the director and cinematographer. Plus it handles like and action drama in the best of sense. It’s not cheesy like The Amazing Spiderman 2 tended to be at times. It was serious when it needed to be and humorous when it needed to be. A well mixed cocktail of writing and editing. The CGI was used to enhance the story when practical effects couldn’t do it. Not one moment was wasted on screen and that’s a hard feat to accomplish. A BIG BRAVO goes out to Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique who embodied what we love about the character in the first 3 X-Men installments. Timing, execution, acrobatics and all, I was thoroughly impressed after her meager performance in X-Men: First Class. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine may have been a front man once again, but he was well used and needed for this particular task at hand. Dead Lord that man is in great shape. Usually after watching a movie like this, you start to act like you have powers yourself as you converse with friends. In my case, I went home and pulled the chin up bar out of the closest and put in a couple of reps. Thanks Jackman for the motivation (if you ever read this).

Peter Dinklage and his Sentinels. Wow, what a villain. Those future sentinels are scary as hell and I wouldn’t want to be a mutant in the future. What a brilliant take on a bad guy that has been written and read over the many years of the X-Men comics existence. I was impressed and looking for a diaper as I crapped my pants at the same time. I loved that everyone achieved some kind of decent screen time, even though a couple could work on their acting, it was still good to see them in action. I’ve always been a fan of Sunspot and Bishop in the comics, so seeing them on screen was just too cool, even though I wanted more from them.

Fan Service was at an all time high in this film as well. You’ll want to go back a few times yourself to catch all the goodies.

This to me this is the best of the X-Men franchise so far and I don’t even think it would have been any better had Marvel released it underneath their own studio moniker like the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and more. I just don’t think it would have mattered as long as Simon Kinsberg was on the script and Bryan Singer was in the directors chair.

With this being my second movie review and my forte being in comic books from DC to Marvel, Image and some Dark Horse as well as others, them I will stick to what I know best. And that’s comic books adapted into movies. I also prefer to give film ratings in forms of 1-10 stars and you can take my opinion with a grain of salt, like I said, it’s my opinion. I give X-Men: DOFP a high scoring 10. And that’s a rare thing. I gave Captain America: The Winter Soldier the respect of beating out The Avengers. Now I’m not saying that DOFP is perfect by no means and I still prefer the Dark Knight as my favorite Comic Book Movie, but it’s definitely in my top 5 and maybe even top 3. Time will tell after my 5th and 6th viewings.

By the way, stay all the way until the very end of the credits. I will give it some time and I will wright my review on possibly the most exciting thing to come as far as additional scenes go in CBM’s these days.

Don Ray J

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