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[Review] – ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

 
 
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Release Date: 23 May 2014 [USA]
 
Director: Bryan Singer
 
Writer: Simon Kinberg [Screenplay] - Jane Goldman - Simon Kinberg - Matthew Vaughn [Story]
 
Cast: Patrick Stewart - Ian McKellen - Hugh Jackman - James McAvoy - Michael Fassbender - Jennifer Lawrence - Halle Berry - Anna Paquin - Ellen Page
 
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Review:

When you get two generations of an iconic series in Marvel Comics, one can assume that the movie will be a hit. That assumption is rather spot on with Days of Future Past and it hits all the right spots. What Matthew Vaughn did with X-men first class, Bryan Singer kept that same pace in Days of Future Past. Minor spoilers follow.

Continuing the theme with the human mutant wars, Days of Future Past starts off in a world where mutants are almost wiped off the map or put in internment camps along with the humans who protect them by the Sentinels and are closing in on the last bastion of the original mutants. The sentinels work by targeting the mutant x gene and adapt to the mutants abilities, which make them an unstoppable force.

In the comic universe, the premise follows the 1981 Uncanny X-men comic of the same name where Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) can transfer her consciousness to go back in time and essentially change history. In the movie adaptation, we see Wolverine go back and this is explained quite well why. They plan on stopping Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask and thus not allowing Trask from ever getting her DNA and changing the outcome of the war from never letting it happen to begin with. Now this is a lot to take in but the film alternates between the two timelines with ease.

Back in the past, the movie spares no expense in changing the tone from a dark and dreary dystopian future to a polarizing day in the 70’s. It began to entertain us with a lot of laughs and action sequences and that begins with Quicksilver. Evan Peters does a fantastic job within his limited time and we see him shine breaking out Magneto from the Pentagon to the perfect tune of Jim Croce’s Time in a bottle playing in the background and I was really sad to see his role end so early in the film. There is the controversy regarding Quicksilver’s appearance in Avengers 2 played by differently as the son of Magneto and thus is casted differently with Aaron Taylor-Johnson. While it would have been nice to see references in the marvel films, different adaptations are not a bad thing. Even Peters does return in X-Men: Apocalypse due to release in 2016 so it won’t be the last we see him.

This is the strongest film in its entire series (just above X2) to focus on the depth of the few important characters of First Class and how they change. As a nod to the previous movies, we see Wolverine dealing with events in the past that take us back to the scenes of the previous titles, happening when he sees a young William stryker. The most prominent part in the film however is where we see two generations of Xavier meet and interact.

The film is really about the characters from First Class but the action from the future substitutes it. We see old favorites such as Storm, Bobby and Blink, who I thought was personally the coolest new mutant to feature in this movie. Other major characters from the previous films make cameos that give the characters much needed closure. Surprisingly enough, wanton destruction and death are down to a bare minimum. Additionally there was a lot of political elements intertwined in this film that referenced historical elements to the assassination of JFK and to the Richard Nixon era.

Fassbender’s portrayal of young Erik is as captivating as ever and he and James McAvoy have their moments. This film however revolves and belongs to Jennifer Lawrence and rightly so. Her portrayal of Mystique becoming the badass she is, is done wonderfully. If Hugh Jackman has a good reason to stick on with being wolverine, this film is it, as he’s more buffed up than ever and even brings a class of humor. Peter Dinklage’s casting of Bolivar Trask was an audience hit but his character’s views on mutants and his wavering morality didn’t help him command the nemesis role and if the comics are anything to go by, I hope he makes an appearance in the next film.

I watched X-Men: DOFP in 3D and while visually appealing, the 3D could have been a notch better, there were moments they could have capitalized on the use but didn’t. The CGI work however, is compelling. The Sentinels bring that foreboding presence. Easing between the two timelines you will notice the screen go from widescreen to 70’s square box home movie style.

A final word goes out to the audiences to sit all the way to see the post credits scene which gives us a look at X-Men: Apocalypse that shouldn’t be missed and will have you taking to the comic wikis to figure it all out as I did, shortly after watching. X-Men Days of Future Past wraps things up nicely in an entertaining and dramatic flair.

 

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