Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Movie Reviews: Maleficent & X-Men
I appreciate a re-telling of a traditional story, especially when the story is so well known. And casting Angelina Jolie as the lead role was definitely a perfect match. She dazzles from start to finish, with her high cheekbones, strong wings and piercing eyes. She really does make the movie. Because without her powerful acting, I'm not sure this movie would have been very memorable (or even very dark).
Maleficent is a pretty movie with a great premise, but you don't get much greatness from the King, Aurora or other secondary cast members. But honestly, that was fine by me because I couldn't take my eyes off Angie (or the cameos made by her kids Pax, Zahara and Vivienne). Thoughts?
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class.
In the future, the world has become a very dark place. Many mutants have been imprisoned and many others have been killed. Sentinels--who were first created to destroy mutants--are now also targeting non-mutants as well. The few X-Men that are left find it difficult to fight against Sentinels as their powers adapt to fight against mutants. Magneto and Professor X feel that the only way to fight the Sentinels is to stop them from becoming government weapons. Because of his power to heal quickly, Wolverine's consciousness is sent back in time.
What I loved most about this movie was the comedic elements provided by the younger X-Men and the action scenes. There were a lot of great battles with the Sentinels. Oh, and did I mention that Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) is in this movie? But what I didn't like as much was how different the Sentinels looked. They weren't as terrifying as the cartoons because they were sleeker. But let me know what you thought of X-Men?