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‘X-Men’ is the perfect summer movie

HAMBURG — Of all the super hero franchises, the X-Men series is the most satisfying. This very entertaining series is more fun than the proverbial barrel of monkeys. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the sixth film continuing the mutants’ fight for equality in a distrusting world.

As in the five films before it, the mutants, good and some bad, bring their individual powers to bear down once again on a mutant-phobic society. That’s when the fun begins and never lets up. From the great Wolverine to the wildly fascinating Mystique, we are treated to various acts of revenge and justification. Getting even – that’s the ticket.

Wolverine is sent back to 1973, to alter history in an attempt to prevent the implementation of a scheme to wipe out the entire mutant population. It may even bring down all of humanity, if allowed to happen. Giant robots were created to detect and hunt down mutants, including humans who are friendly to the mutants, and render them extinct. These robots, called Sentinels, were built in 1973 but now, decades later pose a threat to all humanity. Professor Xavier, with the help of Kitty Pryde and her special powers, sends Wolverine back in time to change things.

Again, more fun, as we are treated to all things ‘70s such as waterbeds, lava lamps, music of the era and even Richard Nixon. It’s wild but made credible by great plotting, acting, special effects and a darn good script. This is how you do a sci-fi movie. You create an outrageous world and make us believe. And believe, we do.

Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine. Looking a bit weathered and weary, Jackman is perfect. Also returning in the roles they created are Patrick Stewart, Ian McClellan, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy and the great Michael Fassbender, among so many others. The integrity of the X-Men series is gratefully kept intact. Additional casting brings in the wonderful Peter Dinklage in a villainous role. Frankly, the whole cast is wonderful. I especially like Lawrence as Mystique and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

All of these characters and all of their intriguing powers make “X-Men: Days of Future Past” the perfect summer movie for everyone – children and adults included.

Bryan Singer, as producer on this as well as previous X-Men movies, adds director to his duties. He is a splendid director and word is he will direct the next X-Men, set to hit theaters in 2016. It’s entitled “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is available in 3-D. Let me say, not since “Life of Pi” has 3-D been used so well. Remarkable visuals of depth and texture enhance the experience to the highest level.

However you decide to see it, don’t miss this latest episode in the saga of lovable mutants who just want to be allowed the freedom to pursue a happy life. We can all relate to that.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is currently in theaters.


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