X-Men: Days of Future Past was a huge gamble for director Bryan Singer, but it paid off. Not everybody who saw it was amazed, especially the comic book purists, but that group is rarely satisfied with anything on the big screen. I will say that if you haven’t seen it and don’t want anything spoiled, read something else. This X-Men: Days of Future Past review isn’t holding anything back.
If you don’t mind spoilers, then you’re welcome to read my thoughts on what is probably the best X-Men film made since X-2: X-Men United.
The latest X-Men film seems to be cleverly shifting its focus away from Wolverine and opening up the storyline for something different involving Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique. She is the other focus of this movie because her actions are the focal point of the plot. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) seems to be nothing more than the projector used to tell the story, and the masses who are tired of seeing Wolverine front and center in every movie might just be relieved with where this could be going.
X-Men: Days of Future Past also gives us only a few minutes of Quicksilver (Evan Peters), whose scenes are actually funny for all of the right reasons. While the film didn’t state it outright, it did give a nod to Magneto (Michael Fassbender) being his father when Magneto did something in the same room with him. Quicksilver pointed out how his mom used to date a guy who did the same thing.
If this film has one sin on its platter, it’s the fact that they gave Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) a power she never had before, not even in the comics. Bishop (Omar Sy) is the one who is able to travel through time portals, but instead, they decided to use the combination of Wolverine and Kitty Pryde, which almost backfires on both of them as they wait for the sentinels to arrive.
The story also delves a little further into the relationship Raven (Mystique’s human name) has with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto, and you can tell she’s on a “do or die” mission to stop a man from initiating the sentinel program. That man, Bolivar Trask, may be played by Peter Dinklage, but there is nothing short in his acting. Even at his relative height, he seems to have a presence that dwarfs everybody else.
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The ending to X-Men: Days of Future Past was pure genius, setting up Wolverine for the Weapon X program as William Stryker begins his plans for the berzerker. We also get some comebacks which show us that Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Beast, and Professor Xavier are all back in the modern day, and what happened in X-Men: The Last Stand never took place.
With X-Men: Apocalypse being a direct sequel to X-Men: First Class, it’s unknown if any of those characters will be back in future films. If they’re anything like X-Men: Days of Future Past, you can bet we will be excited to see them.
Thank you, Bryan Singer, for giving new life to the film franchise.
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