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FILM REVIEW: Super showing by X Men

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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THE now long list of X men films offer up a wide range of what is both good and bad about cinema.

The first film was one of only a handful that can truly lay claim to having help usher in the modern era of comic book based movies.

The second, the best in the series in my opinion, was a flawless example of how to meld action, comedy and superhero genre to create a great film.

The third film was met with mediocre reception due to a confusing storyline and poor script.

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Two films focused around the Wolverine character and, despite the excellent portrayal of the character by Hugh Jackman, the 
films were a poor reflection of what could have been.

However, the franchise was saved by X Men: First Class.

This took a look at how the story of the X men started and allowed for James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence to work wonders on screen.

This has now paved the way for all the universes to converge on screen in summer blockbuster – X Men: Days of Future Past.

The films sees the X Men sending Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Back in the directors chair is Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two films of the series, and boy does it show.

The direction is excellent and really adds cinematic weight to the proceedings.

After years away doing other things, Singer returns to the top of the game with this film and reminds everyone why he is one of Hollywood’s A-list directors.

The film has received a lot of pre-publicity about its cast, and well deserved publicity may I add.

Not only do the likes of McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence return from X Men: First Class but the X Men originals also roar back onto our screens.

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and Ellen Page all return to team up with their past selves in what surely should be one of, if not the greatest, ensemble casts of all time.

The big baddy is played by Peter Dinklage – star of Games of Thrones – an actor who makes up for his lack of size with an abundance of statue and gravitas.

Stars of the show are Jackman, who completely owns the role of Wolverine, McAvoy as a washed up Professor X and the super talented Jennifer Lawrence, who seems to be able to turn her hand to whatever part, no matter how big or small.

Despite the film being a rip-roaring ride for the audience, it has a few minor issues.

My main gripe was that I wanted to see more of the modern-day X Men. After an impressive initial sequence, they are sidelined to brief cutaways until the end final battle.

It means the likes of Stewart and McKellen have only minor roles on screen, which is a shame as they are so good in their parts.

I walked away from the film very satisfied but had this nagging feeling that it might have been better to do just a straight sequel to X Men: First Class and do another about the original group of X Men.

But, that said, this was a great effort that I enjoyed from start to finish.

Lets hope that this is not the last we see of the X Men on our screens.

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