Let the blockbusters begin

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-blue guy
Quick! Hide your hands!

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.

Enough with the blades. They aren't even your mutant power!
Enough with the blades. That isn’t even your mutant power.

X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003), wetting our appetite for the current installment

Review by Thy Critic Man, fellow blogger.

Spoilers: None!

Plot: haters vs. mutants, time travel edition. Chief hater is a scientist.

The Lowdown: This movie rocks! Rent it.

Comment: This review rocks!

 

Godzilla

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.

uh-oh!
uh-oh!

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.

Commentary:

  • 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.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Let the blockbusters begin

  1. You mean James McAoy from Scotland?!I like most of those actors! Michael Fassbinder and About a Boy kid is my fave (I’m so happy he turned out to be cool!). But I like a good

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  2. I’ve heard the new X-Men is the best of the whole lot. It needed that. I was very much cooled and bored with the franchise. Love McAvoy, so maybe will go see it this weekend.

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