Cinema’s love affair with superheroes is one of the most enduring of all Hollywood genres. With each new addition to the Pantheon of apocalyptic big-budget superhero blockbusters, one can’t help but wonder if these storylines are a renewable resource with infinite narrative possibilities, or if screenwriters are fast approaching the limit of a finite reserve of ideas. Judging from the ★★★★★ reaction of top critics to X-MEN: Days Of Future Past, the brand new instalment in the X-MEN franchise, the forecast is looking sunnier and more exciting than ever.
Following the film’s New York premiere earlier this past weekend, a flood of brilliant reviews have begun to pour in. VARITETY writes: “No skyscrapers blow up, no cities are leveled, and while the White House and a football stadium suffer some serious structural damage, the wholesale destruction of human civilization is kept to a refreshing minimum in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ — just one of several respects in which this strikingly ambitious yet intimately scaled entertainment distinguishes itself from so much of its comicbook-movie kind.” The Hollywood Reporter writes: “While it’s more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe…It’s hard to imagine fanboys having too much to grumble about here, as Singer has pulled together an ambitious, suspenseful screen chapter that secures a future for the franchise while facilitating continued reinvention.” And EMPIRE writes: “The best ‘X-MEN’ film since the second one, this sequel/ prequel/reboot trashes the ’70s with élan. Some of the massive cast struggle to register (there’s only a brief Storm), but what’s here is all good. We want ‘X-MEN: Apocalypse,’ now.”
X-MEN: Days Of Future Past opens worldwide May 23, 2014. The film was shot entirely in Montreal.
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