Movie Review: "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
- by Steve Garcia, 28 May 2014
School’s out for summer, and that means I can start reviewing movies again, my marvelous mutants! Let’s kick it off— spoiler-free X-Men style!
Eleven years, madams and mutants. Bryan Singer hasn’t directed an X-Men movie in over a decade, and the second that John Ottman’s X2: X-Men United theme accompanied the opening credits, it was a sure reminder that the king has returned, and he hasn’t lost his spectacular directorial touch when it comes to the X-Men. All the actors were at the top of their game in such a way where you forget that Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence were even there, and that you were watching the real-life, 1970’s versions of Magneto, Professor X, and Mystique (respectively), as they’re joined by Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in perhaps his greatest performance as the character to date. What’s more is that these guys were not only joined by almost the entire cast of the original X-Men films, but it also featured a few new characters such as Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask and Even Peters’s Quicksilver. Yessir, ladies and gents: this movie’s cast was huge, and it was spectacular.
As impressive as the film’s cast was, its story was plagued with the always-risky element of time travel. Time travel isn't an easy thing to pull off well, especially since the more you dissect it, the more complicated and crazy it gets. But this movie throws you into it in such a way that it more or less solved all those concerns from the get go, and it presented a very neatly told story from there on out.
The main character arcs were beautifully written, and you got a clear and striking sense of who these characters were, why they did what they did, and how that mattered in the grand scheme of the X-Men movie universe. And not only did the time travel provide a fun way to tell such a great story, but it effectively fixed all the mistakes that were made since Singer’s departure from the franchise. X3? Wolverine Origins? Not even once. This movie essentially New 52’d the X-Men franchise in the best ways possible, and kudos to writing team for pulling it off. I’m genuinely curious and excited to see where the franchise goes from here, given how much it changes the franchise’s timeline.
X-Men: Days of Future Past presented us with an amazing cast, an intriguing story, and a writing staff that completely eradicated X-Men: The Last Stand, and I’m sure that if you stuck around this far, you’re probably wondering what I found that could possibly be wrong with this movie. Well, ladies and gents, that’s the thing: there isn’t a whole lot wrong, here. The only real gripes I had with this movie were that it kind of dragged a bit for an action movie in the middle, and we didn’t have enough Peter Dinklage. But even still, this movie had so much to offer, that those two little things didn’t matter in the long run.
McAvoy and Fassbender’s chemistry can only be described as magical and kept the film alive with its intensity. The Sentinels were terrifying and menacing enough to present the X-Men with their biggest challenge onscreen yet, despite the huge team roster. Evan Peters’s scene (you know the one if you saw it) was not only the greatest scene in any X-Men movie since Wolverine’s cameo in X-Men: First Class, but it was worth the ticket price alone. Go ahead and throw your money at this one folks, because this movie proved once and for all that the X-Men are in good hands, and it definitely made my personal list of favorite comic book movies. Just be sure to watch or re-watch First Class and the first two X-Men movies beforehand, or the wacky action time travel will consume you!
…And I’m sure I don’t need to explicitly tell you to stay after the credits, but… STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!
That’s a wrap, ladies and germs! Have you seen Days of Future Past yet? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments below. Until next time, my righteous readers! Be good to each other!