Second time through, the emotional beats and the spectacle still work like gangbusters. That Quicksilver scene is going to be a classic. And while I wish Michael Fassbender had more to do--as he did in First Class--James McAvoy is utterly fantastic as Xavier. Oh, and I like that Wolverine, though technically the star, doesn't hog the screen like he has in most of the other films.
What I'm trying to say is, this is a good movie and I like it.
Will started our viewing of the Kit Harington-starring Pompeii by saying, "YOU KNOW NOTHING VOLCANO." And that was the funniest thing I heard or saw for the next two hours, except for maybe a very poorly timed Jurassic Park reference (of all things) by Kiefer Sutherland and his terrible, terrible accent. Paul W.S. Anderson's style is bland enough that the movie never makes you want to scratch your eyes out, but Jesus, did anything happen in this movie?
I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…
A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.