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May 28, 2014

REVIEW: X-Men do the time warp in ‘Days of Future Past’

CLAREMORE —

Recently, I was in line to get tickets for an early screening of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” when, even without the mutant power of super hearing, I overheard the patron in front of me chatting with his fellow movie-goer about his excitement.
“I can't wait to see this (movie) — I love all the X-Men movies, and I've been wanting to see this one since I saw the trailer months ago,” he said, taking note of me at which point, he turned and asked. “How about you? Aren’t you excited?”
“You could say that,” I said.
“How long have you been wanting to see this (movie)?” he asked.
“Oh, since 1981,” I replied, being of the age that I remembered reading the actual comic book from which the plot of the latest X-movie was  based.
Clearly I’ve been around for a while.
Something else that’s been around a while is the “X-Men” movie franchise itself, with the first installment hitting the big screens way back in 2000, launching a series which, with the addition of “Days of Future Past,” now has seven entries.
Further, the first “X-Men” movie effectively launched the modern superhero trend giving rise to “Spider-Man” in 2002, “Hulk” in 2003, and “Iron Man” in 2008, “Thor” in 2011, and “The Avengers” in 2012, all of which have beget their own sequels and/or spin-offs. 
Never underestimate the power of mutants, at least when it comes to summer blockbusters.
Given its relative age, it’s saying something about the franchise that it still has life in it, but that’s exactly what “X-Men: Days of Future Past” proves. 
After two Wolverine-centric spin-offs and a prequel (“X-Men: First Class”), director Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two chapters returns with screenwriter Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) to tie everything together with an impressive deftness.

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