MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past

MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past

MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past best of franchise
MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past

If you saw X-Men: The Last Stand  , than you agree that it was an abortion of a film. It literally killed off half of the major cast and essentially killed off the franchise as it existed up until that point. Fan boys hated it so much they wanted Brett Ratners head on a plate. Critics hated it even more. I’m pretty sure even Hugh Jackman’s mother wrote a damning review of the movie.

A couple of years later, Fox released X-Men Origins: Wolverine to continue the franchises focus on Wolverine before attempting a reboot of sorts with X-Men: First Class  in 2011. X-Men: First Class almost did everything right (although it wasn’t technically the X-Men’s first class). It was exciting and fresh and most importantly – a great movie. The Wolverine continued Logan’s solo story in 2013 and became the second highest grosser of the franchise. That may change with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past gives Fox the chance to retcon the horrible mistakes they made in the X-Men film universe with X-Men: The Last Stand, while moving the story forward the cast of X-Men: First Class…and it succeeds.

If you’re unfamiliar, X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on the classic 1981 storyline in issues #141 – #142 of The Uncanny X-Men titled “Days of Future Past”. In that storyline, Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self to prevent a moment in history that would trigger a dystopian future where mutants are incarcerated or eliminated. For the the film version, we certainly couldn’t have an X-Men film that didn’t focus on Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), so the story has changed a bit. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is 2023 and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Paige) sends Wolverine’s mind back to his younger self circa 1973, to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from shooting Dr. Bolivar Trask and starting an anti-mutant hysteria that will essentially wipe them from the face of the Earth. The problem is, that Dr. Bolivar Trask, played by Peter Dinklage, has created a fleet of mutant hunting machines called Sentinels, that will literally wipe out any mutant in their range. The drama of the film lies in the battle of fighting the same fight from opposing views. Both Magneto and Professor Xavier know that Trask must be stopped, but they sincerely differ in how far they are willing to go to stop him.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past brilliantly connects both X-Men casts into one cohesive universe and sets the stage for future movies with both casts. As expected, Jennifer Lawrence, Paige, Fassbender, Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen all perform solidly. The two who truly steal the film though are James McAvoy and Evan Peters – but both for very different reasons. Peters steals his scenes as Quicksilver who has the gift of super speed. His scenes are truly a highlight of the film and one of the most memorable of the franchise. McAvoy brings us a side of Professor Charles Xavier that we hadn’t yet seen in the X-Men movies. This lost, dark, Professor Xavier is haunting and human.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is everything that fans could hope for. It rights the wrongs of the original franchise, while continuing the fresh, exciting direction of the reboot. By merging the two worlds, Fox has set themselves up for two very intriguing options – they are able to continue doing sequels with the original cast or prequels with the new cast (or both). It is an exciting time to be an X-Men fan, so make sure you see X-Men: Days of Future Past. It is easily up there with X-Men: First Class as the best in the franchise.

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