The Friday traffic was awful as usual. With the driver’s “skillful” maneuverings (which are only allowed in the streets of Manila) , the whole fambam made it to Shangri-la Mall. We were all excited because our little R was about to see her first movie!
The block screening of X-Men Future Past was sponsored by PLDT HOME DSL. They had set up a picture booth near the cinema entrance where you can have four shots taken with Wolverine. The daughter was a bit scared of Logan’s claws so she didn’t want to smile in the photos. Drinks, hotdogs and popcorn were also given to the moviegoers.
Soon, it was time to enter the theatre. There was a short program just before the movie started. Diego and the Ledesma couple from the hit commercial “Ask Diego” made an appearance . The Pingris family was also in attendance.
I liked this movie more than I did its predecessors. The war-torn future sees the slaughter of mutants and all those who help them or carry their genes. PROFESSOR X and MAGNETO are friends (and allies) again in their twilight years. This time they are fighting a losing battle against the SENTINELS (machines created fifty years ago from MYSTIQUE’s DNA which are programmed to mimic the powers of their mutant targets). Along with what’s left of the X-MEN (Storm, Bobby, Kitty, Blink, Warpath, Bishop and Wolverine), the two men hatch a plan to save the future by sending Logan back to the past. Wolverine must stop Mystique from killing Bolivar TRASK (the scientist responsible for experimenting on hundreds of mutants.) It was TRASK’s death in the hands of the shapeshifter mutant that led to her capture and the weaponizing of her DNA to create the SENTINELS.
Transported to the past, WOLVERINE brings Charles Xavier (the Professor) and Eric Lehnsherr ( MAGNETO) together to stop MYSTIQUE. Peter (QUICKSILVER) helps in freeing MAGNETO from prison . This was our favorite part in the movie. QUICKSILVER moves in lightning speed and is able to “rearrange” things. My son M says Peter Maximoff will be in the next Avenger movie. We should definitely see more of him in the next X-Men installment!
Of course, things don’t go as planned. I will stop here so as not to spoil the end for you. Suffice to say that the movie imparts valuable lessons aside from its entertaining factor. Hope, friendship, forgiveness, second chances, loyalty, bravery and ultimately, love makes a difference in the world. Conversely, intolerance, discrimination, and a distorted view of peace leads to chaos. What wouldn’t we all give to have Kitty Pryde’s power to go back in time and change our mistakes?!
The little one behaved so well inside the theatre! She did get up thrice to sit alternately on her daddy’s lap and mine. If R was a mutant, her power would be cuteness overload! Haha. She can definitely disarm people with her smile – and last night , with her nail polish .
Hope you enjoyed this post! Tilt the next PLDT event… Bye for now!