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            Time travel, yay! I love a great time travel movie. Heck, I love a bad time travel movie.

            Good news: X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great travel movie.

            The movie, which has a title so long it exhausts me to say it, is about mutants in our future who send one of their own back to our past to prevent a war that destroys our present. Can I just say X-Men? Assume I’m not talking about one of the previous ones.

            More specifically, a small group of characters from the comics have been surviving ongoing attacks from Sentinels by detecting when the mutant hunting robots are approaching, then psychically going back a few days in time to warn themselves to flee. In other words, they’ve been time traveling constantly, which can take quite a toll on a person.

            The solution, naturally, is to go back in time half a century or so and stop the murder that eventually leads to the government funding the Sentinel Program, and doesn’t the government always end up behind these things? Unfortunately, the person who committed that murder is one of their own: Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and why has no one noticed that she runs around totally naked for half this movie? Oh, sure, she has weird blue skin that looks like rubber gloves, but still …
            Anyway, the only person who can survive a trip that far back is Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), whose mind heals
as quickly as his unaging body does. Kitty Pryde (my favorite mutant from the comic books) is given specific instructions: Send Wolverine back to a moment where he’s in bed with a lover, so he’ll get up and treat the audience to full (if not frontal) nudity.

            I didn’t care all that much myself, but my eardrums popped from the simultaneous intake of air among all the females in the movie theater.

            And then we’re in the 70’s, where Wolverine realizes all the mutant powers in the world can’t protect him from polyester.

            I’m so glad we aren’t in the 70’s anymore.

            This is one of the best of the X-Men movies, and one of the best of the superhero movies, too. It’s true that you should be a fan of the comic books to get all the little winks, and this is one time when seeing the other movies is a prerequisite. On the other hand, the moviemakers have done a fantastic job of jumping back and forth in time without confusing the audience, and that’s an amazing accomplishment.

            The story’s great, the acting strong, the special effects (of course) mind blowing, and X-Men fans get at least a cameo from almost all of their favorites. Also, as with Star Trek, this story has the advantage of erasing almost all the canon that canon’d before this, giving them a clean slate for the next movie.

            I’m left with just one question: If Halle Berry once received a half-million bucks to drop her top in a movie, how much did Hugh Jackman get for baring his bottom?

Entertainment Value: 4 out of 4 M&M’s. That’s two wins out of two trips to the theater.
Oscar Potential: 4 M&M’s for something, even if it’s special effects


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 10th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Now you've made me want to see this movie even more and it has nothing to do with finding out Hugh Jackman bares his bottom. (okay, almost nothing)
Jun. 12th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Well, it certainly didn't seem to harm the movie's popularity!
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
From the articles I read, Jackman insisted on being nude in that scene. He said it didn't make sense to have been shagging a lovely lady and then get dressed before going to sleep. They tried to dissuade him...but he got his way, even refusing to wear the little greenscreen sock thing that would have prevented any accidental frontal peeks.

I loved this film. I saw First Class 12 times...and this one is up to 10. If it's still local this weekend, I'll probably tie the record.
Jun. 12th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
Good for him ... and I wonder how many crewmembers managed to snap quick little camera phone shots that they'll now treasure forever?
Jun. 12th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
While gratuitous nudity is annoying, there are film moments where it just makes sense. I mean, how many people get out of bed and drag a sheet with them to walk to the bathroom? Or get dressed (even partially) after sex (I'm sure there are some, but let's be real, lol)? And I'd bet not everyone wraps a towel around themselves the moment they get out of the shower (at least, if they're living alone I'd bet most don't)? And if women can be nude in film, men should be too. ;) More respect for Mr. Jackman for pulling it off...literally, lol.
Jun. 14th, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)
The one that pulls me out of the movie is when the couple has *just* finished having sex and get out out bed -- only to reveal they still have underwear on, and on in the correct place.
Jun. 13th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this film. The time travel aspect held up - which is difficult to manage :)
Jun. 14th, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)
It sure is -- they it wrong way more often than they get it right!
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