VIDEO: Red Letter Media Review X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

The latest Red Letter Media installment of "Half in the Bag" brings us Mike and Jay's take on Bryan Singer's new X-flick, and like most of us, they loved it. They also saw Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West, and ...didn't love it. Click on for more.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 6/9/2014

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender,, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Ellen Page & Booboo Stewart. The film is in theaters now.
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venom0706 - 6/9/2014, 4:04 AM
Fantastic film! I watched it 3 times already and I am definitely buying the blu-ray. Good job, Singer.
loki668 - 6/9/2014, 4:19 AM
I found this to be the best of the X-Men films to date. I always believed that this film would be either Singer's downfall or his redemption. Looks like he chose redemption. Let's see what Apocalypse holds!! Any nitpicking, if one wished, could be chalked up to.......




ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 4:28 AM
I loved this movie, and enjoy the Xmen films more than any other cbm film series. X1&2, FC and DoFP are all great, X3 is ok, and the Wolverine films suck. That's a better good bad ratio, than anyone else as far as I'm concerned.
Brainiac13 - 6/9/2014, 4:34 AM
He liked it MORE than The Avengers

FLAME WAR!!!! ;)
Brainiac13 - 6/9/2014, 4:37 AM
It had more Heart & Emotional drive than the Avenger......but Avengers still was more of a spectacle.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 4:39 AM
I don't think Mystique was used more because Lawarance is now a big star, bcuz this was set up in FC before she was super huge. He game certainly didn't hurt the decision, but I don't think it's why it happened.
MakluIV - 6/9/2014, 4:41 AM
ha! The music. The 90's kicked so much ass. We had the badass X-Men cartoons with the real sentinels and Nimrod and shit. Awesome times.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 4:43 AM
Brain: Avengers is a fun popcorn movie, that had 5 movies building up to it, and everyone wanted to see all these people together. Because of that, the action and humor were the primary focus, and the story was secondary. It's a good movie and all, but there are numerous cbms I like more. It's not a bad thing either, bcuz Avengers did what it was meant to do.
Maxi91291 - 6/9/2014, 4:48 AM
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Maxi91291 - 6/9/2014, 4:50 AM
@Braniac

Hey .. hey .. psst ! Dont tell anyone but I also liked it more
loki668 - 6/9/2014, 4:51 AM
GET HIM!!!!
breakUbatman - 6/9/2014, 4:54 AM
X-Men D.O.FP is D.O.A


























































































































































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thewonderer - 6/9/2014, 5:00 AM
@Manonsting

Really? The Wolverine sucks? That is a really underrated CBM. Especially the extended cut. If anything, it definitely is at least a decent movie. But bad? no.
Brainiac13 - 6/9/2014, 5:01 AM
@Maxi91291

:)
Brainiac13 - 6/9/2014, 5:03 AM
@ManCalledSting

Agree. :)
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 5:04 AM
The only thing The Wolverine had going for it, was the action. Other than that, it was crap.
Maxi91291 - 6/9/2014, 5:07 AM
As far as consensus goes ... origins "sucks" but The WOlverine is good.
Maxi91291 - 6/9/2014, 5:11 AM
This was the real deal last year.

Brainiac13 - 6/9/2014, 5:18 AM
I loved The Wolverine.....extended cut is far better.....It was cool to see him unleashed and use the '[frick]' word a few times.......It's a shame DOFP has erased this from the timeline.....collateral damage I guess. :(
npamusic - 6/9/2014, 5:19 AM
I liked it more.. :-]
npamusic - 6/9/2014, 5:21 AM
@Brainiac13 well it's not all 'erased', if you consider this: Logan remembers, we remember, we know, we can go back (as fans)... relive the moments. ect. anyway, I enjoyed DOFP, and I remember watching the animated show as a kid. Saw DOFP the day it was released ($17.00 ticket), and yesterday ($9.00).

I'm about to go watch the original X-Men film.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 6:20 AM
I just don't think he was very wolveriney in how he acted.
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 6:24 AM
Joss Whedon= Witty & goofy

Lmao.
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 6:26 AM
I did like it more then Avengers as well.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 6:30 AM
Soto: It's true, that's his style, and the tone they wanted.
RedeemerOfSouls - 6/9/2014, 6:32 AM
It was good but not great. To be fair it was just slightly better than X-Men 1st Class.

It was well made but it lacked drama, tension or heart. DOFP wasn't the kind of movie to keep you on the edge of your seat. And too many good actors were held back so Jackman could pull a Kobe and hog the ball. Had we seen more of Kitty, Beast, Magneto, Bishop, Iceman, Cyclops, Jean then it would've been much better.

In other words if Wolverine was only a cameo it would've been much, much better.

It does rank among the best but it is quite far from being the best CBM ever.

1. Avengers
2. The Dark Knight
3. Captain America TWS
4. Iron Man
5. Spider-Man 2
6. Watchmen
7. X-Men DOFP
8. X-Men 1st Class
9. Spider-Man
10. Captain America TFA
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 6:33 AM
@ManCalledSting- Which is why I never liked his work to begin with.

I never cared for Firefly
Angel
Buffy

Avengers is the only one I seem to care for but that is because it is a comic book movie. Hopefully in the sequel, maybe it isn't too witty and goofy. Just not my thing, maybe it is just me, but I'm not someone who prefers dark brooding movies all the time, but I do want to see an Avengers movie taken seriously instead of punch-lines waiting around the corner in every scene. Which I get it, Avengers is a great popcorn flick using superheroes as an ensemble as the backdrop.
DrunkenNukem - 6/9/2014, 6:34 AM
Man that intro was funny as hell...that song ...
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 6:35 AM
I even remember when Whedon was trying to buy Terminator............that would of ruined Terminator forever.....

FOREVER
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 6:52 AM
Soto: I liked the Firefly I watched(like 10 shows tops) and Cabin in the Woods was a [frick]ing masterpiece. The other stuff is meh.
RedeemerOfSouls - 6/9/2014, 6:53 AM
@ManCalledSting The Wolverine's big problems were the lack of interesting supporting characters and the lack of at least one great actor to balance the movie.

And it's biggest problem was a "villain", if he could even be called that, who had no personal conflict with Logan and wasn't a real threat to anyone else but simply wanted Logan's healing ability so he could extend his life. Imagine a Dark Knight film where the Joker just wants Batman's car and you have The Wolverine.

If you look at Iron Man, Obadiah Stane wanted the armor yes but he also was a war monger. And his mission was to also steal Tony's company and spread weapons of war, which would harm the world. And he wanted the suit for mass production which would further escalate wars and destruction.

So plenty was on the line in Iron Man. In The Wolverine Yashida just wanted to live forever. And he was just a threat to Logan.

But let's say the story was tweaked and someone wanted to make an army with the healing factor. Then you have a much stronger threat and more powerful drama.
blackandyellow - 6/9/2014, 7:00 AM
I liked the movie.

MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 7:02 AM
@DarkGunslinger- Well, there is a difference.

Wolverine, is more of a personal story rather then a movie where the stakes feel high. Wolverine is a movie where the character was called out on a journey and was given the idea to not be immortal again and be an actual human and experience death for himself, something Yoshida felt Wolverine longed for. It wasn't a story where the stakes should feel high because if that was the plan at the end where he wanted to rule the world and hurt millions of people, then it would feel just as silly as him going into a robotic suit as Silver Samurai.

Even if he wanted an army of people with healing factors, where does that take the story on a personal level that the whole movie was trying to achieve, that would mean a complete re-write of the script.

Iron Man, as a comparison really didn't specify what Obidiah wanted, he really just wanted the company for himself and became more annoyed when Stark decided to stop selling weapons, and have all his weapons integrated in a suit. The stakes were high on a personal level in both movies.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 7:04 AM
Comparing The Wolverine to The Dark Knight isn't a very good idea. One is a really well written movie, that flowed well, and made sense, with more than one really good actor. And the other one is the wolverine. I just couldn't get behind it. I felt like the whole thing was bad. Unless they come oh with more bad X films, those two will always be at the bottom of my list. Different strokes for different folks.
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 7:05 AM
@ManCalledSting- I tried watching Cabin in the Woods, never could get into it.

I really just don't like Whedon, I don't like his style what so ever at times.
DrunkenNukem - 6/9/2014, 7:06 AM
I had no idea that Zack Snyder works in red letter media...

Looks like Seth Mcfarlane wanted to do an Adam Sandler "type" of film....and by "type" i mean annoying piece of shit film, stick to Family Guy Seth...its a good show
MrSotoMan - 6/9/2014, 7:07 AM
I don't even know why a comparison should be made for Wolverine & The Dark Knight
HAILHYDRA - 6/9/2014, 7:11 AM
It was a really good movie. But there were a lot of things that just seemed made up and uber convenient.

A. Where did Kitty get her time-traveling powers? You could say that it's further evolution, but you need to address that.

B. Wolverine get's his metal claws back. I've heard theories that Magneto could've put them back in. Ok that could make sense, but again the movie needed to address this.

C. Mystique's cell's can be turned into super-adapting sentinels. What?

ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 7:17 AM
Hydra: I agree, there were easy ways to explain those things, you could also add Xavier being alive too. That's easy to explain too.
HAILHYDRA - 6/9/2014, 7:18 AM
Also, I'm curious. Was this film supposed to be connected to the Trilogy? If it was, then where were the sentinels all those years? If the sentinel program started in the '60s then why didn't any of them appear in the the trilogy. Also, why were the politicians just beginning to debate the mutant issue in the first X-Men movie. If the trilogy was connected to First Class and DOFP then everyone should've have known what mutants were and they should've been getting massacred by sentinels.

I prefer to think that the trilogy was a completely different continuity than First Class and DOFP with some of the same actors playing the same characters. I'm ok with that. The only thing is that The Wolverine was clearly supposed to connect to the trilogy and it's post credit scene teased DOFP. WTF?
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