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MOVIE REVIEWS: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

May 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Rotten Tomatoes website, always generous to a fault in dispensing ripe tomato icons to films that receive only so-so reviews, is being especially benevolent when it comes to Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the website notes that the New York Times’s A.O. Scott says the film offers “just enough wit and feeling to make Days of Future Past something other than a waste of a reasonable person’s time,” he also writes that “the plot is as overelaborate and muddled as some of the effects. … The frantic crosscutting of the culminating battles requires too much thought on the part of the audience because it has received too little on the part of the filmmakers.” Several critics find the intricate plot of the movie a wee bit convoluted. Writes Rafer Guzmán Newsday: “It all gets a little illogical and confusing, at least to those without the comics at their bedside. Still, X-Men: Days of Future Past is fast-paced and cleverly executed.” Some critics suggest that the audience targeted for the movie won’t find it at all illogical or confusing. Ty Burr in the Boston Globe, for example, writes, “Seven films in from 2000’s X-Men, the series is playing to the converted, which by now is almost everyone under 30.” At age 81, Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal is also converted. The latest X-Men sequel he writes, “feels urgently important while it’s happening and thoroughly satisfying once it’s over. That’s my definition of a really good time.” Likewise, Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post cheers, “Days of Future Past is, in itself, as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It’s what summer movies are meant to be.” Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle isn’t quite so exuberant about the movie, noting that at times it “goes in directions that are far-fetched and unlikely, even within its own exaggerated world,” but then adding, somewhat desultorily, “For the most part, it entertains.” And Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News, while writing that “the movie sometimes has the feel of an Olympic sprinter running in place. There’s so much energy expended to get to one spot,” nevertheless praises the actors for making it all believable. “This is about as strong [an acting] team as you could want,” he says. And Lou Lumenick in the New York Post sums up: “This is a superhero movie for those who don’t like superhero movies _ as well as those who do.”