After a lengthy discussion with my wife about the chronology and characters of the X-Men movie franchise I realized something: I know too much about the X-Men. What can I say? I grew up on Saturday-morning cartoons and VHS recordings of the X-Men TV show, not to mention a sizable comic book collection. I hate to jump on the overcrowded band wagon, but my favorite was always Wolverine (followed closely by Gambit and Rogue). If you don’t know who that is you’re probably a normal adult… congrats!
Let me answer a few quick questions to act as a “Cliff Notes” review. Was this movie good? No.. It was great! Would I see this again? Yes! Were the effects cool? Yes! Were there plot holes due to the “time traveling” aspect of the film? Yes. Did they bother me? No. Am I excited about where the franchise is going? Yes! Would I buy this movie? Yes. Want to hear more? Read on.
In 2000 director Bryan Singer impressed movie and comic book fans alike with his adaption of X-Men. As a just out of high school, not yet adult, I was nostalgic in the best possible way. Sure I had seen other comic-based movies such as Superman, Batman, Darkman, The Crow, etc., but this was the first that really grabbed me. X2 came out in 2003 and solidified the X-Men franchise as a powerhouse. After 2003, Bryan Singer went on to other projects and left X-Men to flounder for awhile until the franchise was rebooted with a prequel in 2011 with X-Men: First Class. First Class introduced fans to a young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) as well as several younger versions of X-Men originals.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the continuation of the storyline in First Class featuring cast from the original movies as well as the reboot. With Singer back in the directors chair, are we in for a treat? I’m happy to say yes!
X-Men: Days of Future past takes place between First Class and X-Men. Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) has created the ultimate, mutant-killing machine (Sentinels) that is wiping out all mutants. The movie starts with a few remaining X-Men fighting a losing battle, and a last ditch effort plan to save human and mutant kind alike. The despair and hopelessness of their fight is felt and well represented through a familiar and solid cast. The majority of the movie focuses on Wolverine as he attempts to stop the event that caused the Sentinel program to be initiated. Jackman owns the role as well as he ever has, and works well with the First Class cast. McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence cement their roles with very engaging, sincere performances. In the battle for Lawrence, who will win? Xavier, or Magneto? Only time will tell! Oh, time travel puns… Newcomer Evan Peters (Quicksilver) has some hilarious and amazing scenes that make me look forward to his future in the next X-Men movie.
Days of Future Past is not without its issues, but man was it fun. I was taken along for a ride where and, though I knew it would work out, I seriously wondered how it possibly could. I felt a sense of tension in this film that I simply don’t remember experiencing in earlier X-Men films. If you like big budget action, see this movie. If you’re a fan of comic based live action movies, see this movie. If you don’t enjoy happiness, skip this movie.
If you were curious, yes there is a clip at the end of credits, comic fans rejoice! What were you thoughts? Did you like X-Men Days of Future Past? Did you like the end credits scene? Leave a comment below.
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