Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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It took me a while to figure out exactly what I felt after watching X-Men: Days if the Future Past, hence the delayed review. Agreed, some of the effects and the mutants were fantabulous, but that didn’t prevent the movie from being a bit of a drag, especially when featuring the past.

Presently, all of humanity, or what’s left of it, has waged a war against mutants, and humans who possess mutant genes. The elite few, Professor Xavier, Storm, Wolverine, and Magneto manage to avoid the attack of the Sentinels with the help of Kitty Pryde’s powers that help her project anyone’s consciousness back in time. Once its obvious that the only way to prevent the mutants from going extinct, and avoiding this war is to alter the past and avoid that one event that lead to the domino effect, causing humans to fear and rise up against the mutants. 

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While the storyline is an improvement on the previous X-Men instalments, it still lacks the ultimate ‘wow’ factor. Maybe this could have been remedied if the cooler mutants along with the ingenious and diabolic Sentinels would have been given more screen time. Jennifer Lawrence seems to have become the undisputed princess of the Geekverse, and rightfully so. James McAvoy brilliantly portrays the younger Professor Xavier, pat down to all the struggles and the personal battles that his once tormented mind underwent; making him the man he is today.

However, despite possibly having one of the smallest role to play, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) steals the show, and with such ease! Ask anyone who’s watched the movie what their favourite scene was, and they shall all have a reminiscent, yet mischievous smile on their face when they say, “The one with Quicksilver in it!”.

 

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Hugh Jackman is just fine as Wolverine, and yeah, he is my least favourite Marvel mutant, so don’t mind if I don’t sing his praises in this review (honestly, there is nothing to really sing about). A little less drama and fewer wannabe inspirational speeches, and X-Men: Days of Future Past would have made it to the list of one of the better made Marvel movies.

Movie Review- Thor: The Dark World

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Rating: 31/2/5

“Thor is the guy whom other guys would like to get hammered with, and gals would like to get hammered by!” These words spoken by a fellow blogger have a ring of truth to them, and then some. Agreed, Thor is no Iron Man in his swanky suit and billionaire status, but being next in the line for the throne of Asgard has to count for something, right?

Thor: The Dark World picks up right where Thor and the Avengers left off. The nine realms are in a state of war and chaos due to all that transpired between Thor and his “brother dear” Loki. However, there is a new dark force in town that creeps up on Asgard unawares. Dark Elf Malekith, who was once presumed defeated by Bor, the father of Odin, has once again raised his forces to fight Asgard and revive the ‘weapon’ Aether in order to plunge all of the nine realms into complete and irrevocable darkness. Facing an enemy of such magnitude has left Thor with no option but to seek help from the one person he swore never to trust again- Loki. And then of course there is the tough yet adorable Dr. Jane Frost who has made it her life’s mission to find the man whom she is so in love with; a.k.a Thor.

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Thor: The Dark World is undoubtedly a fitting sequel to Thor which was released in the year 2011. Its funny, tragic, and packed with so much mind-numbing action that it will have you gasping in your seats in no time. Chris Hemsworth is just perfect as Thor, there is not a single person in this universe who would be able to pull off Thor the way he has (unless of course you choose to hold auditions in Gallifrey). Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the one villain whom you cannot help but swoon over. To call him brilliant would be a gross understatement; he is that good. Thor: The Dark World has all the markings of a thrilling and entertaining Marvel movie. With its cliffhanger ending, Thor: The Dark World will have you wondering what the next installment of the Thor series will hold for you. 

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Batman or Iron Man? The Question that MUST be Answered

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Since a while now I have been brooding over this very question: Batman or Iron Man? Who is the ultimate .., wait, what really are they? They aren’t superheroes, they have no super powers of their own. All of their abilities stem from being brilliant billionaires who have figured out how to use science and technology to their own advantages in order to help humanity. In many ways they are more similar than different, and maybe that is why the Geekverse has always been obsessed with trying to figure out who is the mightier of them both, or at least I have been.

After hours or rather days of mulling over this question I have concluded that I have to side with Batman. Mind you, I do adore Iron Man, and there is nothing but undying admiration for him, but somehow Batman tops him by at least a couple of notches. 

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To begin with, Batman has the classic troubled childhood which leads to him being traumatised in a way that created Batman. His need to fight crime and make Gotham city safe so that no child is left an orphan in a back alley ever again tugs at your heartstrings in a way that makes it difficult to not feel a little more for him. His cause is nothing if not noble and selfless, which has to count for something. Agreed, Iron Man created his ‘suit’ under dire circumstances when he was kidnapped and stuck in a cave somewhere deep in a hostile environment, but that story is not as heartfelt as Batman’s is.

Another notch in Batman’s favour can be described in one word: Batmobile. Man, have you seen the things that magnificent vehicle can do? Yes, I know, it is still cannot fly or reach outer space like Iron Man’s suit can, but isn’t this very aspect of the suit that lead to Iron Man suffering from PTSD as a result of the encounter with the ‘black hole’ in New York? And of course, Batman can fly; short distances, yes, but he still can without the help of something that has to have back-up battery to function properly. 

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Batman functions in secrecy, he has trust issues, and that is why he has no one but his trusted butler who has known him since before he was born. Whereas, Iron Man has A.I. for a butler, has complete disregard for his safety, and goes about blurting out his home address to the world. I am not mocking him in any way; in fact I do believe that Iron Man is quite noble himself as he created the Iron Soldier for the US army. That is proof of his selflessness; however, he does have a penchant for nursing his borderline narcissistic personality.

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Iron Man is of course Marvel’s undisputed knight in shining armour (quite literally) and he deserves being so, however, there are some things that dark and secretive does better than shinny and in-your-face. And that is why Batman wins in comparison to Iron Man; by a small margin, but he does! 

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Christopher Eccleston Returns with Thor: The Dark World

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ImageWell, with all the uproar about Peter Capaldi being cast as the Twelfth Doctor, and David Tennant being rated as the most loved Doctor, Christopher Eccleston seems to have fallen into the backdrop. Agreed, he played the Doctor for only one season, he was still a marvelous Ninth Doctor.

I always thought that he was a little underrated for his ‘fantastic’ role as the Doctor, and so you can imagine my happiness when I read that he was to return in Thor: The Dark World as Malekith the villain. I think he is going to make a brilliant villain, what with his stunning piercing gaze and strong jawline, Marvel couldn’t have chosen a better villain.

ImageHere is the trailer to Thor: The Dark World; although Eccleston is not featured in the trailer, his absence is made up for by the cocky and magnificent Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Luther‘s Idris Elba. The movie is scheduled to release by the end of October.