Tuesday, May 27, 2014

X-Men Days of Future Past Review

Marvel Comics created a frenzy for superhero fanatics when they first hired Bryan Singer to direct the very first movie installment of the X-Men series in the year 2000. The second installment, X2, was released three years later. The first and second movies received accolades and plenty of positive reviews for its realistic approach dealing with intolerance and discrimination. Singer then passed on the responsibility to direct X-Men: The Last Stand to Brett Ratner. Each film garnered higher box-office grosses than its predecessor. The public’s demand for more of X-Men lead to three spin-off films namely X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, X-Men: First Class in 2011, The Wolverine in 2013, and today the seventh film from this enormous movie franchise has been released and given the title of X-Men: Days of Future Past. 

This most recent film is considered as a dual sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class. With a total of 7 high-grossing films released, the X-Men series has acquired the moniker as the 13th highest-grossing movie franchise of all time grossing over more than $2.5 million worldwide. Two more X-men films are set to continue the sequel in 2016 (X-Men: Apocalypse) and a third Wolverine movie in the year 2017. Looks like Hugh Jackman’s got a lot of training to do! 

X-Men: Days of Future Past, the most recent instalment, first premiered in New York City last May 10, 2014 and was officially released worldwide 13 days later. Matthew Vaughn directed the film until he abandoned the responsibility to concentrate on another project, Kingsman: The Secret Service. It was the X-Men’s first ever director, Bryan Singer, who replaced Vaughn. This star-studded film’s cast include  Hugh Jackman as Logan or Wolverine as we know him, James McAvoyand Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier or Professor X , Michael Fassbenderand Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr or Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme or Mystique, Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe or the beautiful Storm, Anna Paquin as Marie or Rogue, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde or Shadowcat, Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey Grammer as Hank McCoy or Beast, Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake or Iceman, Peter Dinklage as Boliver Task, and Omar Sy as Bishop.

The concept of the movie that features Wolverine going back in time to prevent an assassination attack from happening that when carried out will lead to devastating results and the creation of the Sentinels who are a grave threat to mutants and all of humanity. The X-Men: Days of Future Past production started on April 15 2013 at Mel's Cité du Cinema, Olympic Stadium, Montreal City Hall, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada with the principal photography concluding four months after. They continued filming in November 2013 and early February 2014 in the same country. According to Calgary Herald, the X-Men: Days of Future Past film is the second most expensive production after Avatar.

So far, this latest X-Men film has received the best reviews among all its predecessors proving that time hasn’t worn the characters and the men behind the cameras off, but has only made them better at portraying roles of superhero mutants and making movies out of the X-Men series comics respectively.

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