Tuesday movie notes

Movie time!

Last Friday afternoon I was able to get out of work a bit early (mostly because I had worked 24 of the last 30 hours, but I digress) and decided to catch an afternoon showing of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

I found the film to be a solid take on the Days of Future Past story line from the comics, but if I had to nitpick I wasn’t thrilled with the look of the Sentinels.  Call me a geek, but I prefer the giant purple comic (and TV show) editions of the robots to the new fangled CG-type crystalline creatures.

Also, while they did make great use of Quicksilver for part of the film, it seemed as though they just threw him away as soon as he proved how useful that he could be.

Basically, a pretty good comic film, but not my favorite of the year (Captain America takes the cake for that.)

– On Sunday, I went to the local IMAX theater and caught Godzilla.  Around the same time last year I sat in that same theater and saw Pacific Rim and while I was watching Godzilla, I couldn’t help but to think that I enjoyed myself a great deal more when I saw Pacific Rim.

Again, on the whole, Godzilla wasn’t a bad film.. just not a great one.   To me, there was way too much build up to the, ultimately disappointing, fighting sequences.  That and the fact that I had absolutely no interest in any of the human characters that they spent so much time on, but that the only character that I did want to survive the whole thing was Godzilla.

I had such high hopes for the film after watching director Gareth Edwards previous film, Monsters, and thought that he could bring a really fascinating take to the Godzilla film series, but alas that was not to be the case.  (In fairness to him, the story wasn’t written by him… so I can’t blame him for the issues there.)

If you forced me to pick a film to recommend out of the two, it would be X-Men, but I would suggest that you save your money and watch Pacific Rim or find a budget theater showing of Captain America.  Both of those were much better (and more entertaining) films, in my opinion.

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