Prior to watching the DOFP, I went to the book store in hopes of finding the graphic novel. I found it about 30 minutes prior to the movie so I didn’t get to read it first. However, having read only half of the first issue just today I can tell you the movie and the book are vastly different in plot points but still the same in the direction of the story.
General plot spoiler:
The background story, without going into any details that would spoil the movie, is that mutants are being corralled into internment camps and killed at alarming rates by humans that fear them and mutant kind is on the verge of extinction unless one of the mutant’s can go into the past( their consciousness) and stop certain acts from happening and reverse the timeline. That is where the movie and the comic part ways.
If you are a comic book purist, you will most likely hate this movie. However, if you are a person who loves a good popcorn flick, this is a great popcorn flick.
The movie is not without it’s flaws. It’s biggest flaw is a plot hole that exists in the comic book and the movie. In the 1970’s we are lead to believe that Bolivar Trask can create technology advanced enough to create Sentinels but humanity is not advanced enough to invent VCR’s. But this is a comic book movie, so I’m willing to look beyond it.
We are also lead to believe that Magneto has the ability of reprogramming highly sophisticated machinery using manipulation of metal.
The acting in this movie is all around pretty good although Ellen Page’s role is reduced to putting her hands on either side of Hugh Jackman’s head while looking constipated. Her fight scene is good though.
James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender are very fun to watch as Xavier and Magneto. It’s interesting to see them play off of each other as friends who are also adversaries.
In addition to the acting, the special effects are very cool. Especially the scene that is teased in the trailer with the sports stadium.
The movie is not without humor even though it is a dark movie, to be certain. There is a scene with a tape player and “tricky dick” that is sure to elicit some laughter. I also liked the metal detector scene too( I’ll leave that as a teaser). Quicksilver also lends some humorous moments to the movie too. He was very underused in the movie and I wished they had teased The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
I know it sounds like I didn’t like this movie based on some of the things written here but I actually thought it was pretty fun to watch
I have given up on expecting comic book movies to mirror their respective comic books. Movies aren’t just made for comic collectors, they are made for the general public. If you are willing to put aside what you think you know of the story, you will have a lot of fun. I’m giving this movie a grade of B