The future isn’t a safe place for mutants. Non-mutants have waged an all out war against them and now very few remain. Sentinels that have the power to mimic a mutants abilities are the destructive force that has taken mutants from many to few. Those few remaining including Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) join a group a second group of mutants who have managed to elude the Sentinels using the powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). Professor X convinces Kitty to use her elusive time travel powers to send Wolverine back in time to where this all began, the seventies. His goal is to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing anti-mutant scientist and creator of the sentinel, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Changing history can be a tricky thing, one wrong move could forever alter the future and not in the way they had hoped. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, Lucas Till, Mark Camacho, Kelsey Grammar, Morgan Lily, James Marsden, Famke Janssen.
Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is a stellar follow-up to the popular X-Men: First Class that hits nearly every mark on what you would expect from an adaptation of various comics of the same name. Action packed but filled with human or rather mutant emotion, X-Men: Days of Future Past will likely be one my favorite films of the year.
This film is more than a simple gathering of super heroes like the some of the other films in this series and others. The story is the main element and our favorite X-Men are there to drive it forward and they do a thrilling job. Sure the novelty of the X-Men and these types of films has worn off a bit but the talent can’t be denied. Surprisingly Hugh Jackman carries a good portion of the film with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender supplying the rest. I love that McAvoy and Fassbender seem to underplay everything in comparison to the grand environment because it works well and gives everything a feel of authenticity. In reality every actor delivers everything you would expect from them and then some. Without their stellar performances I think the film probably would have flopped due to an over complicated plot.
Speaking of….the plot is fascinating. I haven’t read the comics so I can’t speak to that but I tend to enjoy the whole time travel, past vs. future thing. This movie does that well and doesn’t manage to confuse the heck of you by jumping between times too frequently. Actually the best parts of the movie take place in the past. Granted the futuristic sentinels are super cool but they don’t even begin to compare to the seriously awesome scene in the Pentagon that has Quicksilver as the central figure. I got to watch this scene twice due to a glitch with in the film or digital file and it was more than awesome both times. Definitely a reason to see the film in 3D.
Packed with action and drama there isn’t much not to love about the movie. If I had one beef it would that the fight between younger Xavier and Magneto seems to boil down to a fight over a girl and that just didn’t float my boat as part of what I have come to expect from not only their characters but the film. Aside from that the only other thing I would say is that I don’t feel like the film moves the series forward. It felt more like a re-establishment of the franchise than a push forward. Perhaps that was the purpose as the next film is obviously already underway considering there is a sneak peek of it at the end of the credits.
In case you haven’t surmised I loved this film. I was enraptured, enthralled, entertained and….can’t think of another adjective that starts with an e. It may or may not be every fan boy or girls dream but it did the trick for me so much so that I would pay to see this in the theater again and there are very few movies I would spend my hard earned money on to see twice in a theater.
9/10 Stars – Can’t wait to see it again, definitely can’t wait for the next X-Men movie!
If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m an X-Men guy through and through and grew up with the animated TV show and the Uncanny X-Men comic books as well as many others including the X-Factor and X-Force. Wolverine is my favorite character of all time and when you add him with Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Cyclopes, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Storm, you will get my attention every time. Back in 2000, Bryan Singer gave us the first X-Men movie (the movie that basically started the comic book movie craze) and right from the get go, I was disappointed. Maybe it was the fact they couldn’t use all the characters. Maybe it was because the story was simple. Maybe it was because I was unfamiliar with the actors. Deep down I know the real reason why I have never been totally on board with the X-Men movies and if you know me, I’m not quiet about it… it’s the costumes. Spider-man, Batman, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man and even the Hulk look as they do in the movies as they do on the big screen. It’s how we identify with these characters and relate with them from the comics. If Spider-man was some skinny punk in a black leather jumpsuit, would we still think of him as Spider-man? Ummm no! What if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just went without their colored masks? Would their weapons be enough for us to call them Leo, Donnie, Mikey and Raph? I don’t think so! So why do these movie makers continue to dress up the X-Men as common people when the audience knows them in their colorful costumes? I can still go to a toy/game store and get X-Men merchandise with the team looking like they do out of the comic books. It just isn’t right and I have yet to relate with these actors as my childhood heroes. I should just stop getting my hopes up… Now on to Days of Future Past…
If you couldn’t tell by now, no, Bryan Singer does not give the X-Men their costumes… Magneto is the closest to looking like himself with his magenta attire near the end, but other than that, don’t get excited for that “yellow spandex.” Having said that, X-Men: Days of Future Past sees the teaming up of the X-Men from the first 3 films, and the younger team from First Class. I’m not exactly sure what comic book this story comes from but it is NOT the “Days of Future Past” from the X-Men Adventures comics I have in my collection where Bishop is sent back into the past to stop Gambit from assassinating Senator Kelley. The story here is similar, but with different lead characters taking over the same roles, ie. Wolverine is sent back in time to stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask. I have to say that with all the disappointment, this movie was decent, ok, and entertaining, but nothing that wowed me. First of all, it is a political action/drama. If you are looking for a “super hero” movie than you will be disappointed. This movie actually has very little “action” that you would expect from an X-Men movie. It does have plenty of special effects thrown around to impress the audience, but I never felt that fuzzy feeling inside as the good battled evil. This was more a dialogue movie that anything else that uses the special effects as smoke and mirrors. Don’t get me wrong, this movie isn’t a bad movie. Trust me I’ve seen plenty, but I was expecting something magical and I was left with “decent.” Yet again another X-Men movie that failed to deliver what fans of the 80s and 90s loved and cherished.
I do believe that if you were not a fan of the comics or don’t know much about the X-Men/Marvel universe they come from, than this movie will impress you and not disappoint as it has me. You will come out of it saying you want to see it again and that you can’t wait for the next movie. I, on the other hand, will go to my comic collection and flip through the pages to remember the team of X-Men heroes I know so well.
7/10 Stars – This movie suffers for me on the “what ifs” and “could have beens.” For most of you, it will be an awesome experience that you can’t wait to see again, but not for me. It was just a good movie that should have been better.