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Strong reviews for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Published: May 22, 2014, 9:01 am, by Bill Radford

Film Review X-Men Days of Future Past

The reviews are in for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” And, so far, they are overwhelmingly positive. (The recent “Captain America:The  Winter Soldier,” on the other hand, had much more mixed reviews, and I found it to be one of the top Marvel movies.)

The consensus is that, despite what should be considered a pretty dark storyline, “Days of Future Past” is a lot of fun, thanks largely to the time-travel-to-the-’70s element. And most reviewers are also pointing to a scene with Evan Peters’ Quicksilver working to free Magneto from a high-security prison cell as the standout action sequence of this, or pretty much any, film.

Here’s a sampling of what reviewers are saying. You’ll see a full review in Friday’s Go! section. 

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

At times, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” goes in directions that are far-fetched and unlikely, even within its own exaggerated world. But for the most part, it entertains. The 1973 art direction is impeccable — not just the cars, but the storefronts and the fonts in the signage — and even the songs on the soundtrack are from that particularly year.

Most important, there is an emotional undercurrent in this installment that the earlier films only aspired to.

 Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

There are many superhuman feats on display in the latest installment in the “X-Men” saga, “Days of Future Past.”

Time travel. Saving the world from big, angry robots. A beautifully restored 1973 Buick Riviera.

But the nod for the most stunning accomplishment goes to director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg for taking what could have been a formulaic superhero sequel and giving it humor and life — while remaining true to the original “X-Men” message of the outcasts finding strength in their differences.

 Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Leave it to the X-Men to put the fun back in summer blockbusters.

Hugh Jackman, in the role he was coiffed to play, and the rest of the crew from pretty much every film in this past, present and future franchise, deliver the action and the laughs in “Days of Future Past,” an all-star / all-X-Men outing designed to transition from the aging first generation cast into their younger selves. It’s too long and so cluttered with characters and exposition that if you aren’t a fan of the comics, you may feel you’re being punished. But it delivers the 3-D thrills and the Wolverine (and Quicksilver) giggles, and how.

 David Roony, Hollywood Reporter

It’s hard to imagine fanboys having too much to grumble about here, as Singer has pulled together an ambitious, suspenseful screen chapter that secures a future for the franchise while facilitating continued reinvention.

 Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

It’s been 14 years since Bryan Singer kicked off the X-Men movie franchise. In the interim, through seven films, we’ve been treated to sequels, prequels, sidequels, and requels. Whether you’re a rabid comic-book collector or a casual fan of mutant mayhem, that’s a lot to wrap your skull around. Singer’s return in the pretzel-logic pop fantasia X-Men: Days of Future Past is so triumphant because of how effortless he makes connecting the dots seem.