Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reel Facts & Opinions: Everything you need to know about X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

One of the most anticipated films of the Summer Movie Season arrives this weekend in the form of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Here is everything you need to know about this mega-teamup film.
Another X-Men Movie? DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is the seventh film to adapt Marvel’s famed comic-book property of mutated people since 2000. The series is the 15th highest-grossing film franchise, having pulled in over $2 billion worldwide. The complete list (in release order) is X-MEN (2000), X2 (2003), X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006), X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009), X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011), and THE WOLVERINE (2013).
What’s this about? Based on the comic-storyline of the same name…the characters from the first three X-MEN films join together with their younger selves from the past (the cast of FIRST CLASS) to change an historical event which affects the future of mutants and all mankind.
Who is in this? In what could be considered the best ensemble cast every assembled for a superhero film, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, and Ellen Page.
Who is directing? Bryan Singer, who directed the first X-MEN and its magnificent sequel, is back behind the wheel. Singer’s other credits include THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995), APT PUPIL (1998), SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006), VALKYRIE (2008), and JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (2013).
What to expect: The franchise arguably hit its peak in 2003 with Singer’s last X-MEN film, so having him back in charge of things is certainly exciting. The original cast was always well-received, as was the cast of their younger selves from FIRST CLASS, and having them all share the screen at the same time has an automatic thrill-factor attached to it. Singer has always generated great performances from his actors, and his knack for superhero stories gives DAYS OF FUTURE PAST a lot of potential. 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens May 23rd.


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