I watched the new X-Men movie this week and I really enjoyed it.

Non-spoilers:

It was a very well done movie.  The plot was fairly decent, not super spectacular but still very engaging.  The cast was great.  It was good to see some of the old faces with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Halle Berry.  There were some new faces; I was really happy with the addition of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and hopefully we’ll see more of him.  The blend of the past with the present/future was very refreshing, and sometimes very touching (especially seeing where the characters were emotionally in the past and then in the future–in this case specifically Magneto and Professor X).  The action sequences in the movie were fun to watch and the special effects also seemed pretty decent.

Spoilers:

But they effectively pulled a Star Trek.  They used some variation of time travel to open up the opportunity to re-invent the franchise.  They completely opened up for more XMen movies to come out since they no longer have to stay loyal to the story line they set down in the first three movies from years ago.  I am skeptical about this because they revived all the characters in one stroke (Jean Grey, Cyclops, etc) and, like every other time a franchise has done this, it can either succeed or it can horribly fail.  In any case, I’m interested to see where they take this, and will end up watching X-Men: Apocalypse.

I also really like that they developed Mystique’s character.  She always felt very one-dimensional and a bit of a tool in the old series, but it was interesting to see her character development in this movie. She was a weird blend between Professor X and Magneto when it came to her morals (fight for her mutant brethren, but don’t hurt the innocent).  Plus, I feel like it would have been a waste of Jennifer Lawrence’s acting capabilities if they left Mystique to be a flat character.

Non-spoilers:

If you are an X-Men fan or a superhero movie fan, I do much recommend the movie.  If you don’t care much for the genre, this could just be a fun movie to watch on a Friday night when you have nothing to do and no idea what to watch. Effectively: I say watch the movie.

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