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(Deadline)   X-Men: Days of Future Past knocks Godzilla from the top spot at the box office, raking in over $90 million. Adam Sandler's latest ball of idiocy, Blended, bombs with $13 million while Neighbors crosses the $100 million mark   ( deadline.com) divider line
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2014-05-25 11:34:42 AM  
DOFP was a bit of a mess - it had individually excellent scenes, but I'm not sure it worked as a whole. First Class was better, IMO. But, the movie has such good actors that it was still highly enjoyable.
 
2014-05-25 11:43:35 AM  
Told you it would retcon Godzilla from the top of the box office.
 
2014-05-25 12:00:14 PM  
Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.
 
2014-05-25 12:05:59 PM  

kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.


I don't think it was awful, it was just completely pedestrian.
 
2014-05-25 12:16:55 PM  

kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.


No, it was far and away better than the 1998 version, I get that a lot of people didn't like the less-is-more approach and the slow build to the reveal, but it was a solid entry into the franchise and was very much in line with the original. To be fair, the main character had a lot to be desired, but I didn't hate him. Overall, this is more a Toho Godzilla than an American one, and that's to its credit.

DOFP is a very good movie, especially since it acts as an open apology for X3. I loved every bit of it, and I highly recommend it. Quicksilver was fantastic, in many ways he steals the show, and the post-credits scene has me excited for the next one.
 
2014-05-25 12:19:23 PM  
Neighbors?

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2014-05-25 12:20:06 PM  
Blended was ok.  Nothing amazing - in fact it is the worst of the Drew/Adam movies - but it was worth my $5.

I'll see X-men tomorrow.  I'm only going because the wife loves X-men.  To me - they are played out and inferior comic movies.  I've heard this one is different.  We'll see.
 
2014-05-25 12:21:49 PM  
Oh we are hating on Sandler now?
 
2014-05-25 12:22:18 PM  

soporific: No, it was far and away better than the 1998 version, I get that a lot of people didn't like the less-is-more approach and the slow build to the reveal, but it was a solid entry into the franchise and was very much in line with the original. To be fair, the main character had a lot to be desired, but I didn't hate him. Overall, this is more a Toho Godzilla than an American one, and that's to its credit.


What "reveal"? There was no "reveal." It was absolute garbage. It was Movie Trope: The Movie from beginning to end. The quintessence of the "eff you" to the audience that was this entire movie was the shot where the monsters JUST START to fight, and the door closes on the people watching.
 
2014-05-25 12:28:03 PM  
Adam Sandler's latest ball of idiocy, Blended, bombs with $13 million

A lot of good people put a lot of hard work and care into this movie. They put in hours of sweat equity built on a foundation of commitment to their craft. Find it in your heart not to be callous at the movie's lack of overwhelming success.
 
2014-05-25 12:31:21 PM  

kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.


I had a feeling is was going to be that way; I won't give the movie a chance because 'zilla looks wrong. He looks just wrong.


If I can watch it for free or nearly free I'll give it a chance, but there's a backlog of films I haven't seen, so fat chance on that.

kronicfeld: The quintessence of the "eff you" to the audience that was this entire movie was the shot where the monsters JUST START to fight, and the door closes on the people watching.



Thanks for saving me some money, that would have pestered me. I am not paying good money to be teased-that's the trailer!  The movie's supposed to put out, not give a peck on the cheek and say goodnight.
 
2014-05-25 12:34:42 PM  

Bslim: Oh we are hating on Sandler now?


Are you new here?

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2014-05-25 12:43:18 PM  

walktoanarcade: kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.

I had a feeling is was going to be that way; I won't give the movie a chance because 'zilla looks wrong. He looks just wrong.


If I can watch it for free or nearly free I'll give it a chance, but there's a backlog of films I haven't seen, so fat chance on that.kronicfeld: The quintessence of the "eff you" to the audience that was this entire movie was the shot where the monsters JUST START to fight, and the door closes on the people watching.


Thanks for saving me some money, that would have pestered me. I am not paying good money to be teased-that's the trailer!  The movie's supposed to put out, not give a peck on the cheek and say goodnight.


I have to ask, how does Godzilla look wrong? I have been a fan of the series since I was a little boy in the early 80's, and I think they absolutely nailed this iteration of the G man. It's not only leaps and bounds better than the hunched over scared iguana from the 98 version, but, to me, is totally respectful of the Toho versions. Personally I liked the movie as well, even though it was heavily flawed (mostly in terms of writing). It's kind of shaping up to be this year's "Dark Knight Rises" - an amazingly well-shot mess.
 
2014-05-25 12:47:09 PM  
Isn't that about right for a Sandler movie? He makes them cheap. Hell, he shot most of this one in South Africa, so he got an epic adventure expensed to this project. And isn't it everyone's dream to make your vacation a legitimate business expense?
 
2014-05-25 12:47:15 PM  
X-Men:DOFP, while not perfect, was quite enjoyable and just might help resurrect Bryan Singer's career(if those nasty molestation charges don't snowball any further, that is). No shocker that it dethroned the King of Monsters-it helps immensely when the titular characters are NOT supporting players in their own movie. As for Blended, well...the less said about the trailer alone, the more said about A.O. Scott's hilarious NYT review of it, the better.
 
2014-05-25 12:47:25 PM  
DoFP felt like Singer saying "The movies I didn't do, POOF!" It was good, almost topping Winter Soldier but less risky.
 
2014-05-25 12:48:56 PM  

Evil-Imposter: It's kind of shaping up to be this year's "Dark Knight Rises" - an amazingly well-shot mess.


I don't even know what to do with this sentence. Godzilla is about as opposite of TDKR as you can get.

TDKR was a movie with great acting and filled to the brim with ideas and plot, but it wasn't totally coherent and had pacing problems.

Godzilla was a movie with no real acting (other than Cranston), no ideas and no real plot, but it was simple and basic.

The fact that you didn't seem to like either very much is pretty much all they have in common.
 
2014-05-25 12:54:55 PM  
Review of what went right for Godzilla and what went wrong.


Angry Joe Review
 
2014-05-25 12:57:51 PM  

kronicfeld: What "reveal"? There was no "reveal." It was absolute garbage. It was Movie Trope: The Movie from beginning to end. The quintessence of the "eff you" to the audience that was this entire movie was the shot where the monsters JUST START to fight, and the door closes on the people watching.


I agree that very, very little made even the slightest bit of sense in Godzilla. It was dumb and loud and cliched and there's no possible way it would ever stand up to a second viewing. If I was watching it on Netflix on my small TV, I would have shut it off half the way through.  Most of the 3D seemed to of the sort where "something obscures your vision in the foreground while huge monster do something in the background."

But the movie was still a hundred times more enjoyable than Transformers.
 
2014-05-25 01:03:51 PM  

hi13760: Review of what went right for Godzilla and what went wrong.


Angry Joe Review


That review unfortunately was about ten minutes too long. This is why people hate the director's cut of anything.
 
2014-05-25 01:04:27 PM  

Evil-Imposter: I have to ask, how does Godzilla look wrong?


I'll admit that the only correct Gojira to me is real TOHO 'jira, with the exception of "Godzilla 1985" which was a true sequel of sorts(yes, I realize 'zilla died in the first one).

It looks too much like the Godzilla from '98.

Either it looks like the "new" cat-inspired Godzilla ala "Final Wars" or straight-up like the original style monster, or I hate it and regard it as not really Godzilla.


P.S. I hate how most people confuse "Godzilla 2000"(a fine, fine film wherein Godzilla fights a cool water/space monster, and helped by a likeable cast of good guys and villains ) with the 1998 atrocity.
 
2014-05-25 01:10:14 PM  

kronicfeld: soporific: No, it was far and away better than the 1998 version, I get that a lot of people didn't like the less-is-more approach and the slow build to the reveal, but it was a solid entry into the franchise and was very much in line with the original. To be fair, the main character had a lot to be desired, but I didn't hate him. Overall, this is more a Toho Godzilla than an American one, and that's to its credit.

What "reveal"? There was no "reveal." It was absolute garbage. It was Movie Trope: The Movie from beginning to end. The quintessence of the "eff you" to the audience that was this entire movie was the shot where the monsters JUST START to fight, and the door closes on the people watching.


I get that, I really do. I can see why people would want more Godzilla and other monsters destroying everything. The director took a risk with an understated approach, especially given how movies like Pacific Rim did not shy away from the monster fighting. I get what he was trying to do, portraying the monsters from the human perspective, what it's like to be caught in the crossfire when giant monsters decide to duke it out and don't really care what you think. This was also the style of his last movie, Monsters, (though that was necessitated by it being very low budget.)

In fact, I can guess that his choices to cut away from a lot of the fighting was also necessitated by budget.

Now I was hoping for more monster destruction myself. I would have loved the entire movie to simply be humans under siege by giant monsters and the last hour be nothing but solid monster carnage. It's one of the things the third Transformers movie got right.

However, I can see why this movie didn't want to wear out Godzilla's welcome in this movie, especially if there's already a plan for a sequel down the line. The first movie simply sets up the universe, we get just enough of a taste to want more, and the second one is when we get all the monster fighting we can handle. Because this restrained approach only works once. Next time, we go full Godzilla.
 
2014-05-25 01:13:54 PM  

DamnYankees: Evil-Imposter: It's kind of shaping up to be this year's "Dark Knight Rises" - an amazingly well-shot mess.

I don't even know what to do with this sentence. Godzilla is about as opposite of TDKR as you can get.

TDKR was a movie with great acting and filled to the brim with ideas and plot, but it wasn't totally coherent and had pacing problems.

Godzilla was a movie with no real acting (other than Cranston), no ideas and no real plot, but it was simple and basic.

The fact that you didn't seem to like either very much is pretty much all they have in common.


Well, I either poorly communicated my thoughts or you misread them. Either way, I do like both of those movies very much. I just think they are great pieces of film making on so many levels, yet frustratingly fall short on others. I agree with your assessment, for the most part, of both films. But my point was that I think both were skillfully and lovingly shot by the directors, and it was mostly a lapse in thoughtful writing that hindered them (though I also agree about Godzilla in that Cranston gave the only stand-out performance, whereas everyone in TDKR was given a chance to give a great performance).
 
2014-05-25 01:15:11 PM  

skinink: This is why people hate the director's cut of anything.


Except for movies for which the director's cut is the definitive version such as Kingdom of Heaven.
 
2014-05-25 01:16:38 PM  
Godzilla (at least IMAX version) rocked for the Godzilla roar IMAX splash. Besides that I was left with a story line that felt pretty meh, I mean I honestly felt like the Olsen girl should have died, and the whole "nuke sex thing" felt off. Fight scenes were pretty good, but I left myself asking when the hell did Godzilla see humans as friends?

As for X-Men the movie felt like a giant whitewash of the previous movies, and I found the only high points to be Quicksilver and the post-credit scene (shame it took so long for them to get there).
 
2014-05-25 01:18:22 PM  

walktoanarcade: Evil-Imposter: I have to ask, how does Godzilla look wrong?

I'll admit that the only correct Gojira to me is real TOHO 'jira, with the exception of "Godzilla 1985" which was a true sequel of sorts(yes, I realize 'zilla died in the first one).

It looks too much like the Godzilla from '98.

Either it looks like the "new" cat-inspired Godzilla ala "Final Wars" or straight-up like the original style monster, or I hate it and regard it as not really Godzilla.


P.S. I hate how most people confuse "Godzilla 2000"(a fine, fine film wherein Godzilla fights a cool water/space monster, and helped by a likeable cast of good guys and villains ) with the 1998 atrocity.


Well, for what it's worth, I think you should give the film a look at some point. I see no resemblance whatsoever to the 98 version, and the way he is rendered FX-wise was incredible to me - he is fluid, powerful, and has personality, which can be tricky with a CGI creation . I also thought Godzilla 2000 was probably the last of the Toho films to really kick ass.
 
2014-05-25 01:22:02 PM  

soporific: I get that a lot of people didn't like the less-is-more approach and the slow build to the reveal


Oh, don't give me that "people didn't like it because they're idiots with short attention spans who can't appreciate a slow buildup" bullshiat.

We didn't like it because the main character and his wife were cardboard cutouts and the movie kept having to stretch credibility to breaking point to find things for them to do or ways for them to be in danger. The only character with any personality or dimension gets killed off 20 minutes in so we can focus on the adventures of Blandy McBland whose sole interesting feature is the Godzilla attracting magnet he presumably has stuck up his ass.
 
2014-05-25 01:22:35 PM  

Evil-Imposter: walktoanarcade: Evil-Imposter: I have to ask, how does Godzilla look wrong?

I'll admit that the only correct Gojira to me is real TOHO 'jira, with the exception of "Godzilla 1985" which was a true sequel of sorts(yes, I realize 'zilla died in the first one).

It looks too much like the Godzilla from '98.

Either it looks like the "new" cat-inspired Godzilla ala "Final Wars" or straight-up like the original style monster, or I hate it and regard it as not really Godzilla.


P.S. I hate how most people confuse "Godzilla 2000"(a fine, fine film wherein Godzilla fights a cool water/space monster, and helped by a likeable cast of good guys and villains ) with the 1998 atrocity.

Well, for what it's worth, I think you should give the film a look at some point. I see no resemblance whatsoever to the 98 version, and the way he is rendered FX-wise was incredible to me - he is fluid, powerful, and has personality, which can be tricky with a CGI creation . I also thought Godzilla 2000 was probably the last of the Toho films to really kick ass.


All right. I'll give the movie a try. How can I say no to someone with such good taste?

If it sucks I get to curse "Damn you, Evil Imposter!" medium loud and gesturing like Captain Kirk  as the credits roll, though.
 
2014-05-25 01:25:13 PM  

kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.


Yeah I went in REALLY wanting to like it, but it was terrible. Bryan Cranston is all over the trailer and is barely in the movie, the was my first clue about the bait and switch. Secondly the humans didn't act with any reasonable common sense, and that just took me out of the movie eg. Kick-ass knows that all three  monsters are headed to the town where his wife and child are before almost anyone else, and instead of telling his wife to GTFO OF TOWN!!! he says "stay there, I'll come save you." Or they have the whole US Pacific fleet just chilling with Godzilla and then suddenly decide to open up on him once he gets into a population center. Third, the other monsters' special ability DOESN'T HURT GODZILLA! I never for one moment felt that the other monsters even had a chance to kill Godzilla.

Basically if they make another and any of the same people below producer level are involved I'm not putting out cash to watch it.
 
2014-05-25 01:25:18 PM  

Gunther: We didn't like it because the main character and his wife were cardboard cutouts and the movie kept having to stretch credibility to breaking point to find things for them to do or ways for them to be in danger. The only character with any personality or dimension gets killed off 20 minutes in so we can focus on the adventures of Blandy McBland whose sole interesting feature is the Godzilla attracting magnet he presumably has stuck up his ass.


This, thank you. I mean, they completely wasted an incredible actress in favor of Kickass (who I liked in that movie, actually). Why not make Elizabeth Olsen the lead of this movie? Just make her Cranston's daughter. Done. Interest is now 10 times better.
 
2014-05-25 01:26:16 PM  

pedobearapproved: Third, the other monsters' special ability DOESN'T HURT GODZILLA! I never for one moment felt that the other monsters even had a chance to kill Godzilla.


The other monster's had a special ability? I thought they were just big and could fly. Did I miss something?
 
2014-05-25 01:27:20 PM  

texdent: Told you it would retcon Godzilla from the top of the box office.


Whoa, you mean a brand new, highly touted summer film would knock off another one released a week earlier?  Why are you not in Vegas breaking the house?
 
2014-05-25 01:29:35 PM  

Gunther: soporific: I get that a lot of people didn't like the less-is-more approach and the slow build to the reveal

Oh, don't give me that "people didn't like it because they're idiots with short attention spans who can't appreciate a slow buildup" bullshiat.

We didn't like it because the main character and his wife were cardboard cutouts and the movie kept having to stretch credibility to breaking point to find things for them to do or ways for them to be in danger. The only character with any personality or dimension gets killed off 20 minutes in so we can focus on the adventures of Blandy McBland whose sole interesting feature is the Godzilla attracting magnet he presumably has stuck up his ass.


This.
 
2014-05-25 01:35:13 PM  

walktoanarcade: Evil-Imposter: walktoanarcade: Evil-Imposter: I have to ask, how does Godzilla look wrong?

I'll admit that the only correct Gojira to me is real TOHO 'jira, with the exception of "Godzilla 1985" which was a true sequel of sorts(yes, I realize 'zilla died in the first one).

It looks too much like the Godzilla from '98.

Either it looks like the "new" cat-inspired Godzilla ala "Final Wars" or straight-up like the original style monster, or I hate it and regard it as not really Godzilla.


P.S. I hate how most people confuse "Godzilla 2000"(a fine, fine film wherein Godzilla fights a cool water/space monster, and helped by a likeable cast of good guys and villains ) with the 1998 atrocity.

Well, for what it's worth, I think you should give the film a look at some point. I see no resemblance whatsoever to the 98 version, and the way he is rendered FX-wise was incredible to me - he is fluid, powerful, and has personality, which can be tricky with a CGI creation . I also thought Godzilla 2000 was probably the last of the Toho films to really kick ass.

All right. I'll give the movie a try. How can I say no to someone with such good taste?

If it sucks I get to curse "Damn you, Evil Imposter!" medium loud and gesturing like Captain Kirk  as the credits roll, though.


Haha, fair enough. But I swear you won't be saying that during the final half hour, if nothing else. And if I am wrong, well, I will eat my hat (who says that anymore, btw?).
 
2014-05-25 01:37:38 PM  

DamnYankees: pedobearapproved: Third, the other monsters' special ability DOESN'T HURT GODZILLA! I never for one moment felt that the other monsters even had a chance to kill Godzilla.

The other monster's had a special ability? I thought they were just big and could fly. Did I miss something?


The EMPs. If Godzilla ran on an electric grid that would have been an awesome power, but since he doesn't, it wasn't.
 
2014-05-25 01:38:52 PM  

kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.


The movie was fine to me; I didn't hate it or love it,  I mostly felt disappointed. I got too hyped from the trailers and didn't like how they failed to focus on their best actors (Cranston and Watanabe) and instead focused on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who I just did not like or find interesting.

On the autistic side, I understand they need to hand-wave why the military doesn't fire missiles and bunker busters at the monsters and keep firing them until they die since that would be a very short movie (especially when the A-10's show up) so I see why they had the EMP plot device even though most of the planes are EMP hardened. But if you're going to make up rules for your world, be consistent. I found it jarring that the EMP knocked out the jets but you still see helicopters flying around the MUTO's with no problem.

Anyway, I hope they improve with the sequel and I'll watch the X-Men film tonight.
 
2014-05-25 01:41:14 PM  

Gunther: The only character with any personality or dimension gets killed off 20 minutes in so we can focus on the adventures of Blandy McBland whose sole interesting feature is the Godzilla attracting magnet he presumably has stuck up his ass.


That's not entirely true.  They also killed off Juliet Binoche less than five minutes into the movie.
 
2014-05-25 01:47:25 PM  
DOFP had some good scenes, but god damn it got boring watching Chuck wallow in self pity for an hour and  half.
 
2014-05-25 01:50:50 PM  
Saw DOFP and I am hyped for the post-credits reveal to be in a future film. Won't spoil it here.
 
2014-05-25 01:54:04 PM  

Enlightened Liberal: kronicfeld: Godzilla was awful. Just awful. I cannot believe how awful it was. Just as bad as the 1998 movie, but in different ways.

The movie was fine to me; I didn't hate it or love it,  I mostly felt disappointed. I got too hyped from the trailers and didn't like how they failed to focus on their best actors (Cranston and Watanabe) and instead focused on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who I just did not like or find interesting.

On the autistic side, I understand they need to hand-wave why the military doesn't fire missiles and bunker busters at the monsters and keep firing them until they die since that would be a very short movie (especially when the A-10's show up) so I see why they had the EMP plot device even though most of the planes are EMP hardened. But if you're going to make up rules for your world, be consistent. I found it jarring that the EMP knocked out the jets but you still see helicopters flying around the MUTO's with no problem.


This!

Sorry, now that I'm biatching about it, I want to biatch more. My other problem was that Aaron Taylor-Johnson had to keep talking his way into these top secret missions that he shouldn't be on even though he had the bare minimum qualifications (he's in the military). Why didn't they just make his character qualified for that (some special forces nuke disposal/disarmament unit), so instead of him going "I need to be on this mission cause I need a lift to see my wife," they could have had another character say "you need to be on this mission to save your wife."

Just every choice that was made seemed counterintuitive and forced to make the plot move
 
2014-05-25 01:54:05 PM  

lilplatinum: DOFP had some good scenes, but god damn it got boring watching Chuck wallow in self pity for an hour and  half.


Couldn't disagree more. McAvoy was great - I could watch him wallow and be a druggie for a full movie.
 
2014-05-25 01:59:00 PM  

DamnYankees: Why not make Elizabeth Olsen the lead of this movie? Just make her Cranston's daughter. Done. Interest is now 10 times better.


Err, she was farking awful.  I wish she farking died in the film.

LegacyDL: but I left myself asking when the hell did Godzilla see humans as friends?


Eh, I think it's more of human's being beneath him.  Historically, Godzilla has almost always been on humanity's side.  He's generally not there to kill humans or destroy cities, but sometimes he does.  He's an amoral third party who happens to show up to balance the scales(which Watanabe is constantly pushing home in this film), and the scales are always tilted in the opposite direction of humanity.
 
2014-05-25 02:02:30 PM  

pedobearapproved: My other problem was that Aaron Taylor-Johnson had to keep talking his way into these top secret missions that he shouldn't be on even though he had the bare minimum qualifications (he's in the military).


No, I'm pretty sure that all the Explosive Ordinance Disposal guys in Afghanistan get extensive training on installing, arming, and disarming mechanical nuclear countdown triggers.

Also, EOD guys are generally cross-trained for complicated and dangerous HALO jumps (through cloud cover and between skyscrapers no less), because you really can't be too careful when you sneak up to a roadside bomb or a minefield.
 
2014-05-25 02:04:45 PM  

DamnYankees: lilplatinum: DOFP had some good scenes, but god damn it got boring watching Chuck wallow in self pity for an hour and  half.

Couldn't disagree more. McAvoy was great - I could watch him wallow and be a druggie for a full movie.


www.flicksandbits.com
 
2014-05-25 02:06:12 PM  
That's a pretty bad bomb for Sandler - comparable to That's My Boy from a couple of years ago. However, the Grown-ups franchise has made bucketloads, and 6 of his last 10 films made over $100M.

I personally hate the lazy, sloppy movies he's been making for the past 15 years. He's become a cynical check-casher who abuses his built-in audience. On a business level, great for him. But on a comedy film level, it really sucks. Dude could get the best comedy writers in the world to work for him, but instead he phones it in and shows up to late night talk shows wearing a track suit. We get it - you don't give a fark anymore. But that lack of respect for his audience is really uncool.
 
2014-05-25 02:23:27 PM  
DoFP is a bit of a mess.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

The entire 70's storyline only works because Xavier's power are nerfed. If Xavier is the guy we saw at the end of First Class instead of the powerless junkie from DoFP, he could read Logan's mind and confirm right away that he's from the future. He'd be powerful enough to use Cerebro, so he could find Mystique easily enough. There wouldn't be any Quicksilver because Xavier could mind control the guards at the prison or freeze them in place while Logan and Beast free Erik. Erik doesn't have his helmet, so Xavier could read his mind or use his powers to freeze him when he tries to kill Mystique...and so on.

The future bits, to me, had no weight because they introduced a reset button minutes after the bulk of the X-Men get wasted by the Sentinels. It's a cheap way to have flashy, no-holds-barred action sequences without actually putting any of the characters in danger. Also, the fact that most of the mutants killed were little more than cannon fodder didn't help, because the only deaths that hit home for me were the established characters, like Storm and Iceman.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
 
2014-05-25 02:30:26 PM  

Sweet Chin Music: The entire 70's storyline only works because Xavier's power are nerfed.


Well... yeah. So what?  Casablanca's storyline only works because Rick coincidentally knew Ilsa in Paris.

They had a story that required Xavier be on drugs that dampened his powers, they came up with a very good reason for it in-story (he'straumatized both physically and mentally from the ending of First Class), what's the problem?
 
2014-05-25 02:34:15 PM  

Gunther: They had a story that required Xavier be on drugs that dampened his powers, they came up with a very good reason for it in-story (he'straumatized both physically and mentally from the ending of First Class), what's the problem?


That it made the entire middle of the movie a chore to watch.
 
2014-05-25 02:44:29 PM  

Enlightened Liberal: But if you're going to make up rules for your world, be consistent. I found it jarring that the EMP knocked out the jets but you still see helicopters flying around the MUTO's with no problem.


The male (small) MUTO had an activated EMP.  It only went off when it chose to.  So when the helicopters were flying around it, the EMP wasn't activiated.  When the jets came in, that's when the EMP went off.  I'm pretty sure the helicopters were no longer around at that point, but I could be wrong.  The female (large) MUTO had a constant EMP.
 
2014-05-25 02:55:22 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: That's a pretty bad bomb for Sandler - comparable to That's My Boy from a couple of years ago. However, the Grown-ups franchise has made bucketloads, and 6 of his last 10 films made over $100M.

I personally hate the lazy, sloppy movies he's been making for the past 15 years. He's become a cynical check-casher who abuses his built-in audience. On a business level, great for him. But on a comedy film level, it really sucks. Dude could get the best comedy writers in the world to work for him, but instead he phones it in and shows up to late night talk shows wearing a track suit. We get it - you don't give a fark anymore. But that lack of respect for his audience is really uncool.


Adam Sandler is the poster child for selling out on all 6 cylinders. I would find it pretty hard to work on the set that produces this crap, but he goes in there, does one take for every scene, no matter how bad it was, and takes a dump on the set. It's admirable in an Ariel Castro sort of way that he's able to be such an unapologetic monster, guilty of nothing.
 
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