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Film and TV: X-Men Days of Future Past

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x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideAs per usual, I’m late on watching this film but I finally got to watch X-MEN: Days of Future Past, the latest instalment in the X-MEN franchise. I absolutely love X-MEN and this film was no disappointment.

First and foremost, the film had an amazing cast filled with people old and new from the XMEN series including: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman. The film is so well thought out flawlessly entwining the two casts in one film.

The narrative of the film is really interesting. Firstly the time travel element, which I think I’m safe to say as that detail was revealed ages ago, wasn’t done in any cheesy, clichéd way which made it all the more realistic. The narrative also comments on issues such as war which provides a message we can use especially in today’s society with wars being very much a thing of the present.

The narrative also develops the relationships between the characters and allows us to see that friendship between Charles and Eric who, if you know X-men, don’t always appear so friendly to each other. The relationships between other characters are developed too, such as Logan with young Xavier, Xavier’s relationship with Raven and so on.

The cinematography in this film is superb, the opening sequence is amazing and there is this one scene with Quicksilver, who is a mutant who can move really fast, that is shot so well and the effects are done brilliantly that even a guy who is faster than everyone else running around a kitchen in the Pentagon looks realistic. It’s hard to rave about the scene without your audience having seen it, but just trust me.

In addition, as always, the music in this movie genuinely made chills go down my spine, it was so good and the makeup was brilliant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is such a good film. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and all I can say to the ending is OMG. There is heartache and happiness. Who knew a film could mess with your emotions like this one did? I had to watch the gag reel to get over all of the emotions!

Anyway, I really do recommend this film if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been introduced to the X-Men series at all, then please do watch them! You won’t regret it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.hdwallpapers.in/x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wallpapers.html
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Films and TV: Jack the Giant Slayer

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jack-the-giant-slayer-2013-15Yes. I’m late to the game. This week I watched Jack the Giant Slayer for the first time despite the fact it came out last year. I bought the film last month and kept putting off watching it, I just wasn’t keen on it. Please don’t make the same mistake as me because Jack the Giant Slayer is genuinely amazing.

Let’s start with the mass amount of stars in this film. Every second there’s another star, a big name, a big face. It appears like all the great actors in Hollywood came out of the woodwork to do this project. Here’s a list of who’s in it: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Eleanor Tomlinson, Christopher Fairbank, Warwick Davis and Bill Nighy and that’s not even all of them! Even if you don’t recognise the names of these actors, you’ll definitely recognise their faces. Another thing about these actors is that you may not typically put them together, like Hoult and McGregor but the onscreen chemistry just works so well in showing the characters relationship and its development. Side note: Hoult’s and McGregor’s accents alone were good enough to make me watch the film again, so if that’s the only reason you watch the film I wouldn’t blame you.

But if knowing who’s in the film isn’t enough to entice you into watching it, what about the interpretation of the original fairytale? If you can’t tell by the title, Jack the Giant Slayer is a reimagining of the much older fairytale Jack and the Giant Bean Stalk. I love fairytales, I love their feel-good attitude, their combination of good vs. evil, the mixture of all different emotions and use of techniques found in all different genres; Jack the Giant Slayer is no exception. This film includes a good bit of humour, good wholesome romance and good ol’ action.

It goes without saying that Giants are the ‘baddie’ of this film; their portrayal was phenomenally well done. They were so gruesome, as they were meant to be, that I heard myself audibly going ‘ewww’, ‘ahh’ and ‘errrr’ throughout as I became enraptured in something that was made so realistic that it could actually be a living creature in this world, despite being the complete opposite.  It was this that added to the tension in the film to the point where I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen.

In addition, the make-up and costume for this film was exceptionally well done especially for Ewan McGregor. He just looked brilliant through-out.

And finally, this film had a very cyclic nature about it which I really liked by, without giving too much of a spoiler, showing the growth of both Ewan’s character Elmont, and Nicholas’ Jack and the growth of their friendship.

I really enjoyed this film, as you can tell, and hopefully you will too!

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PS. For all of those who have watched the film already, isn’t the sausage roll scene brilliant!?

Disclaimer – I do not own the movie poster, it is from here: http://www.newdvdreleasedates.com/m1047/jack-the-giant-slayer-dvd-release-date