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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" review

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Well...it was better that "X-Men 3."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is another film from the beloved "X-Men" franchise directed by Bryan Singer. This new film proves that the writers of comic book films can do no wrong and can get away with anything, including everybody's money. There are some decent performances here, not to mention some decent direction, but the story itself is so convoluted and filled with characters that you can't help but wonder if the whole thing was fan service. Fans are a very important part of these comic book type films, but there comes a point when doing a reboot versus pulling a cop-out on your audience makes more sense.

There's a lot of good in this film. For instance, the use of younger characters is very effective. The shining stars are Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. The dynamic between the two younger competitors is a strong one, even if it was weakened by an overall lack of good structure. The film starts off very clunky and ends on a very big cop-out. The entire purpose of this film was to ensure that sequels can continue to be made, and perhaps the sequels will be better than this overall setup film.

The film, like all other "X-Men" films, relies far too heavily on Wolverine to carry it. They had to send someone back in time, but instead of giving us a new character to relish in, they just send Wolverine back. Yes, he's a main character but he deserves to be seen in a new light and it feels like his character had it's arc many films back. Perhaps if they sent a different character back and we got the chance to meet a younger, more rugged Wolverine, the dynamic would be better.

The main thing here is that it corrects many of the mistakes made by Brett Ratner in the previous films. This is good but does not make up for many of the problems. Most of the action is sub-par, a lot of the emotion is missing or misguided, and the CGI at times looks like something out of an Asylum film very similar to "X-Men: First Class." The point is, fixing problems is great but doing it in a way that ensures that there can never be risk of anything going wrong in this universe is a good way of showing your audience that the characters are invincible. When that dynamic is lost, so is the investment. Is it too much to ask for a little emotion and character development in Summer films?

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