Black Wizard wrote:I hope spoiler tags are being used in the Iron Maiden thread.
They're not. I've asked the guy if he'll edit them in, but I wouldn't wade in just yet if I were you.
Epic Failure wrote:It's basically a 2 hour V-sign from Singer to Ratner, and all the better for it.
Yep, my thoughts when watching it.
I made my annual trip to the cinema in order to watch X-Men 7 - DOFFPUH, and I'm glad I did. Tons of good stuff to enjoy - Bryan Singer seems to excel at envisioning creative and delightful uses for super-powers. I don't think any other movie finds such a great way to deploy powers as his X-Men movies. I never thought of teleporting as particularly combat-effective until his devastating attack on the white house in X2 (followed by Azazel dropping government agents in Vaughn's First Class). DOFFPUH continues that trend with its magnificent realisation of just what Quicksilver could achieve with a little lateral thinking, and the fabulous use of portals as possibly the only remotely effective way to fight the Sentinels.
Also, there's no-one better in the world at handling complex storylines with massive casts in a big budget movie than Bryan Singer. If anyone else had made this film, it would have been about ten hours long - but he seems to know exactly how much you can convey with a single glance, or a well timed edit. It's incredible that this film includes two timelines, dozens of characters, well-realised character arcs for Xavier, Magneto and Mystique, and still crams in fistfuls of big set-pieces whilst still being shorter than the first Amazing Spider-Man. You have to be incredibly deft to juggle all that without the audience losing their place. Hardly anyone has such complete control of the language of cinema as Bryan Singer. I kind of feel that he's 'better' than this kind of spectacle, that he could do something truly amazing if he had more to say. But, eh. If he's happy to slum it then at least thanks to him we get a few more big-budget movies that are smart and creative.