Review by @MarksMandusic
Big ups to Nokia and MTN for an awesome evening out. They set the bar high with the Man of Steel premiere so I was expecting an awesome evening out, and they definitely followed through. Well played Nokia 😉
Now, back to the movie of the month.
So, it is 7am on a Saturday morning and your parents, (well mine at least) have left the house for another day at the office. As the garage door slams shut, you spring out of bed, switch onto K.TV, and eagerly await the opening theme song to the animated X-MEN series. Well that is if you were a kid in the 90’s.
I think why this memory holds such a prominent position in my head is because in the animated series, the X-MEN were always faced with a larger than life, moral dilemma. Save the humans that are frightened by you, or fight against them to solidify the mutant race as the next step in evolution.
Luckily for them, they were always guided by the ultimate spin-doctor, Professor X – leader and founder of the X-MEN and occasionally Captain to the USS Enterprise. (Keep an eye out for the Star-Trek reference in the movie, well played Brian Singer).
Well not much has changed in the seventh instalment of the X-MEN, Days of Future Past – although it starts in the future, WAY out in the future, where the Professor has teamed up with, what seems to be the last few remaining X-MEN and the introduction of the mutant stomping Sentinels.
*spoilers start here*
To solve this problem, the Professor, along with “old man” Magneto and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) have devised a plan to send a self-volunteering Wolverine (Hugh, I spent all my time at the gym, Jackman) back to the 60’s. His goal is to stop a chain of events that would lead to the rise of the Sentinels, and death to all mutants and eventually the human race. Can’t say that this hasn’t been done before, but hey, at least Singer had some great visual effects, the original X-MEN cast and some added childhood favourites, enter Bishop.
Although the story lacks a sense of urgency, when compared to the mission they need to complete. Watching the younger Professor (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) battle through their emotional and personal issues, brings through a sense of realism and shows that although these character have epic powers, they are still human and are often guided through their decisions by emotions, not logic, that would be too easy.
Without giving too much away, X-MEN, Days of Future Past ties in really well in the line of X-MEN movies. In a way it is a bit like standing on a missing piece of LEGO. At first it really freakin’ hurts, but then you realise that you have just found the missing block to complete your LEGO masterpiece and you are happy you can finally finish it off. Well until the next one.
Still bleak I didn’t win one of those Nokia Lumia 1320 Phablets, I was feeling lucky.
Great night out Nokia.
Excited to see what Superhero movie you will bring us next 😉
Ages before Mr Hotness himself, Chris Evans, took on the role of Captain America and brought the comic book character a new round of popularity. Cap starred in two TV movies in the late 1970s – Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon. I’m a bit too young to have seen these but Google tells me it’s true 😉
They are both incredibly cheesy movies with the patriotic hero busting a red, white and blue motorcycle out of the back of a vintage van. Lots of action, lots of old school. This was the ORIGINAL Captain America motorcycle.
We all love Breaking Bad. Not quite as much as we used to love Street Fighter though.
Now we don’t have to choose anymore. This might just be the greatest mashup the internet has given us. Which player would you choose, Ryu or Jesse?
Thanks Junior Jesman. You can stay.