X-Men: Days Of Future Past is officially here and we can honestly say that the film gets our unequivocal seal of approval. We have to admit, we had our doubts. With the movie taking all the previous films into account, the continuity of the series was all but broken indisputably. Director Bryan Singer did a admirable job at merging the cast of the original X-men trilogy as well as Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Singer meshed the two generations of characters and story-lines flawlessly…okay flawlessly may be too strong a word. The guy did the best he could with the fractured continuity he had to work with.
The film opens with a look at the dystopian future of 2023, a rather bleak future indeed. We literally see piles of dead mutants being discarded like yesterdays trash. Over the standard voice-over by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stuart) we see sentient robots (known as Sentinels) attacking some familiar faces in a breathtaking opening sequence. We see Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Drake / Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty Pryde / Shadow cat (Ellen Page) and others. We’re also introduced to a few new faces, such as Bishop (played by Omar Sy), who sadly doesn’t play a bigger role in the proceedings.
After the Sentinels (who can now adapt to any mutant power) brutally dispatches all the mutants, we find out not of this has really happened. Indeed, Kitty Pryde has discovered that she has the power to send a person’s conciseness back in time, they use this to keep one step ahead (delivering warnings) of any upcoming Sentinel attacks.
Pryde’s group rendezvous with Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto (Ian McKellen) in a monastery in China. They realize that the only way to end the war is to prevent it from ever happening. The only problem, Kitty cant send anybody in time farther than a few weeks, their mind will eventually snap. Take a guess what the solution to this problem is. Yup, send back the one mutant whose mind will snap but will instantly heal itself…Wolverine.
Despite the fact that he has played Wolverine six times now (seven if you count the cameo in First Class) Hugh Jackman is still surprisingly a delight to watch in this film. The actor has recently stated that he’s enjoying playing the character more than ever and hinted that he isn’t sure if he’s through with the character or not. We sure hope he isn’t, especially after the endless possibilities that the character has to go in now.
Once Wolverine travels back in time (and after a random nude scene) things really get rolling. All the First Class crew are back; James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbinder (Magneto), and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast). The biggest standout of the film has to go to Jennifer Lawrence, who reprises her role as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique, the blue skinned, shape-shifting hottest mutant ever. Gone is the sweet idealistic Raven from First Class, now she is more akin to Rebecca Romijn in the original trilogy. Beautiful and tough as nails. One scene where she seduces a Vietnamese politician, goes back to his place and promptly kills him with a split kick to the neck…marvelous.
On the new side of things, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), a mutant with the ability to run at supersonic speeds, is hands down the coolest addition to the franchise. One scene where he saves Xavier, Magneto, and Wolverine is one of the more memorable of the film. The always fantastic Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, a military scientist and the head of Trask Industries who created the Sentinels, is also a standout.
With the exception of this year’s equally remarkable Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we have to admit, comic book movie fatigue was starting to set in. With blunder after blunder left and right (Man Of Steel, Thor: The Dark World, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, etc) it was beginning to become difficult to even get excited about these type of films anymore. Now we can safely say that we are beyond excited to see where the next installment in the X-Men series is headed.
X-Men Days Of Future Past isn’t without its faults and plot holes. Many people are wondering How is Professor X even alive or why does Wolverine have graying hair in the future; we’re willing to let such things slide. With the surplus of superhero films flooding theaters these days, the X-Men series stands above the rest.
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