There’s been a lot of skepticism over whether director Bryan Singer could really pull off the massively multi-hero epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Super hero movies are often defined by their ability to juggle the right amount of heroes and villains without going overboard and turning into a hot mess. And while the movie still has yet to reach the majority of its audience, those that have seen it so far seem to be singing its praises. In fact, Days of Future Past is (at this time) the highest-rated X-flick ever made.
Those tried-and-true Internet ratings sources have the flick doing quite well. IMDB puts it at a 9 out of 10 with more than 12,000 votes thus far. The other big one, Rotten Tomatoes, has it at a 92% after a little over 100 critical reviews. Unfortunately, there are no audience reviews on RT as of yet, so we don’t know what the general public thinks of it. Still, there aren’t too many movies on RT that manage to pull in 92%
Don’t trust those annoying ratings sites? Me either, for the most part. So what do the critics have to say about it with proper words as opposed to just the numbers?
The review from Rolling Stone’s man, Peter Travers states:
“This is actually a spectacularly good movie, I can’t believe how good it is.”
Of course, he also voices a warning:
“If you’re an X-Men newbie…you either need to be stoned, or you need to do a tremendous catch-up before this one.”
So don’t expect Singer to hold your hand and walk you through Days of Future Past. It looks to be an X-Men movie made for X-Men fans. Still, it likely has enough explosions and mutant powers to keep even the most clueless of viewers entertained if not enlightened.
The folks over at The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:
“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.”
And to those folks that have been worrying about the character of Quicksilver and his semi-goofy 70s look, the New York Post’s opinion may put that to rest:
“Most notable is newcomer Evan Peters, who nearly steals the film as the fast-moving Quicksilver…”
To put it in perspective, the old X-Men movies rate as follows:
- X-Men: Rotten Tomatoes – 82/83%, IMDB – 7.4
- X2: X-Men United: Rotten Tomatoes – 87/85%, IMDB – 7.5
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Rotten Tomatoes – 58/63%, IMDB – 6.8
- X-Men: First Class: Rotten Tomatoes – 87/87%, IMDB – 7.8
It looks like the new flick is going to follow in line with the old movies, so if you like what Singer put together before, you’ll probably like Days of Future Past. If not, you can always give it a chance anyways, right?
What say the Nerd Readers? Do the high ratings make you want to see it more? Or are you adopting a “wait and see” attitude?
Stay tuned for an official Nerd Bastards review of X-Men: Days of Future Past sometime tomorrow (when I get home from the movie theater, to be exact).