Having owned the originals until First Class, it comes as no surprise that Hubby bought me this for Christmas as Hugh Jackman is my hero (we kept the two Wolverine movies).
OK, he doesn’t say a word in this, grunts a fair bit and slashes the bad guys to pieces with those blades of his before rushing, half naked, through the door out into the cold snowy forest.
Time on screen, about five minutes.
Days of Future Passed was a terrific album by The Moody Blues way back in 1967, but the X-Men Past offering was confusing, erratic, and I still can’t warm to James McAvoy as the young Professor (though in Apocalypse we learn how he lost his hair).
To be honest, we had to watch DOFP again to get a ‘feel’ of what was to come and reacquaint ourselves with the new cast.
Forget trying to follow any time line or identifying characters from the first films with their younger selves as it just doesn’t work. And it’s not just their age, though we all know Wolverine doesn’t………….. age that is.
However, you can sit back and enjoy this hokum with a bag of popcorn and a beer, which is best described as a cross between Stargate and The Mummy.
Basically some Pharoah style mutant, buried for thousands of years after betrayal by his followers, is resurrected by a new batch of believers, and decides he doesn’t like the Humans in charge. Believing himself to be the Original God, he enrols a few mutants to be his personal Guard Detail as he wreaks havoc to achieve pole position.
Magneto, having lost his family (which was actually extremely sad under the circumstances) assists him and thus leads us into the battle of wills, literally, between the Mummy guy and Charles Xavier.
The special effects are OK, though a lot have been done before.
The story, well yeah, what would you expect from X-Men, but the flashbacks to the more recent films in the franchise try to bring things together yet don’t quite manage it.
The final showdown is damn good though, especially if you like barbecue.
Hubby and I both give this a 7, but if you’re looking for a film that gives you explanations or answers as to what has actually been going on, this isn’t really it.