Big weekend for blockbusters, but I only see two: Godzilla and X-Men. Here are some reviews:
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Review by Soren Andersen, Seattle Times
Spoilers: Too many! I had to skim most of the review; the stars, first and last paragraphs tell us all we need to know.
Plot: haters vs. mutants with time travel.
The lowdown: “one of the best installments in the X-men series.” 3.5 out of 4 stars.
Comment: You had me at 3.5.
X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003), wetting our appetite for the current installment
Review by Thy Critic Man, fellow blogger.
Plot: haters vs. mutants, time travel edition. Chief hater is a scientist.
The Lowdown: This movie rocks! Rent it.
Comment: This review rocks!
review by Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, as re-blogged by CNN.com
Spoilers: there are spoilers, but they didn’t bother me for some reason. Kind of the same old thing, nuclear style.
Plot: ”MUTOs” (massive unidentified terrestrial organisms) that are “a male and female duo of giant, Giger-esque creatures with sleek pincer jaws that resemble humongous staple removers.” Tne MUTO’s “care about two things: feeding on the radiation that created them and mating with each other….” Godzilla must detroy them.
The Lowdown: Meh. It has some cool moments, but it is disjointed. Movie focuses on the three creatures, not so much the actors.
- I didn’t know Godzilla is good, but maybe this is an aberration from the earlier movies?
- Love this quote in the review: “…Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are a pair of exposition-spouting scientists trying to keep straight faces while talking about electromagnetic pulses and mankind’s hubris.”
- Do not love this one: “And the thrill of the film is getting the chance to fetishize their sheer size [Godzilla and enemies] and physicality as they rip through power lines and demolish buildings with their lashing tails.”
- Fetish/Fetishize, as defined by dictionary.com: “any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.” Godzilla’s too gross for a fetish, but he does have a noble mission. This must be a very personal statement because Nashawaty admits that he has loved monster movies since he was a kid.