Capsule Review: Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here are my capsule reviews on the month of May’s more celebrated movies (I still haven’t seen The Amazing Spiderman 2 because of the divided pulse, not because Gwen Stacy died.) So what did I like more between the GOD of monsters and the greatest assembly of mutants???

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GODZILLA:

Director Gareth Edwards implants a family drama that doesn’t resonate against the growl of the god of monsters. GODZILLA could have been the monster movie of the recent memory if not for the underutilized ensemble and miscalculated focus on a single household story. (I would have preferred a story of disconnected characters entwined by the impending wrath.) But the characters’ blandness was saved by arresting action sequences and Godzilla’s elusiveness just adds to the sheer fascination of a monster trick well done.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST:

The X-Men movie series is a spectrum of laudable and lame mutations but DAYS OF FUTURE PAST prides itself as the best film to date; engrossing viewers in a dynamic face-off between the mutants and their throwback counterparts against the sentinels and their moral decisions.

While the Wolverine bridges the plot, it’s refreshing to see his more humane side as a persuader to a broken Charles Xavier and not the arduous fighter he had always been. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender felt more empowered with elevated performances as the younger Professor X and Magneto. Charles’ interaction with his older self is the most emotionally resonating scene to date in the series, if not the Marvel universe.

The abundance of mutants did not overburden the story and has at least given them sufficient airtime to showcase their powers. Jennifer Lawrence may have been limited in her blue-skinned villainy but it just shows her widening versatility (and it was fun to hear her speak in Vietnamese). Best surprise and certainly a crowd-pleaser was Evan Peters’ turn as Quicksilver as his charismatic and flashy persona eclipses his true origin.

Overall, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST may have disrupted the time continuity of the series but the results were done for the better, as perfected by a more dedicated Director Bryan Singer, which makes viewers more hopeful on next films to come.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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