I’ve seen bet­ter, Days

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch

X- MEN: DAYS OF FU­TURE PAST ( M) Di­rec­tor: Bryan Singer ( X- Men: X2) Star­ring: Hugh Jack­man, James McAvoy, Michael Fass­ben­der, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Ste­wart, Ian McKellen.

THE ac­tion block­buster X- Men: Days of Fu­ture Past starts out fast, fu­ri­ous and funky – let’s go to the 1970s, ev­ery­one! – be­fore fiz­zling out to a forced, flat ef­fort.

This joint ven­ture for two ma­jor Marvel movie sta­ble­mates should be de­liv­er­ing the best of both X- Men worlds.

Af­ter all, there’s plenty of un­fin­ished busi­ness on the orig­i­nal side of the X- Men fence where Mu­tant main man Pro­fes­sor X ( Patrick Ste­wart) and his life­long fren­emy Mag­neto ( Ian McKellen) still reign supreme.

As for their younger al­ter egos Charles Xavier ( James McAvoy) and Erik Lehn­sh­err ( Michael Fass­ben­der), that pair de­served an­other chance to do their thing af­ter get­ting off to such a solid start in the hit 2011 re­boot

X- Men: First Class.

Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter ini­tially run­ning hot with breath­tak­ing 3D ef­fects and a fas­ci­nat­ing premise, Days of Fu­ture Past grad­u­ally cools into an un­nec­es­sar­ily con­vo­luted, com­pro­mised prod­uct.

An ex­cit­ing pro­logue staged in the present day sees the Mu­tants on the brink of extinction at the hands of ruth­less ro­botic ex­ter­mi­na­tors the Sen­tinels.

In a des­per­ate bid to save the day, Wolver­ine ( Hugh Jack­man) is sent back to Water­gate- era Wash­ing­ton to change the course of his­tory that led to the rise of the Sen­tinels.

The Pro­fes­sor and Mag­neto in­struct Wolver­ine to look up Charles and Erik while he’s there, or the odds of his near- im­pos­si­ble mis­sion will just con­tinue to rise.

Does Wolver­ine need it any tougher? His fel­low Mu­tant Raven ( aka Mys­tique, played by Jennifer Lawrence) thinks so. If she goes ahead with the 1973 as­sas­si­na­tion of a leading ge­netic sci­en­tist ( Game of Thrones star Peter Din­klage), then all hope is lost.

By the half­way mark of Days of Fu­ture Past, this straight­for­wardly in­trigu­ing sto­ry­line gets caught up in an in­co­her­ent tan­gle from which it can never prop­erly free it­self.

The ’ 70s stuff cer­tainly keeps up its end of the bar­gain. Jack­man ( never bet­ter in the role of Lo­gan/ Wolver­ine), McAvoy, Fass­ben­der and Lawrence work to­gether in­cred­i­bly well.

And when the quar­tet is tem­po­rar­ily blown off- screen by the long- awaited ar­rival of su­per­fast slacker Quick­sil­ver ( Evan Peters), the film be­comes a real blast. Shame he couldn’t have stuck around longer.

While there are some as­ton­ish­ing ac­tion se­quences – such as when Mag­neto drops a foot­ball sta­dium on the White House – there are also some ma­jor plot wrin­kles that are just never sat­is­fac­to­rily ironed out.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas

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