Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, etc.
I’ve never had much to do with Fox’s X-Men series. I have only seen bits and pieces of all of them (meh), while 2011’s First Class remained the only one I had seen all the way through (I enjoyed it thoroughly). That being said, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is simply an excellent superhero film, meshing together everything there is to enjoy about the genre, while simultaneously lifting the potential and acclaim of the X-Men series to new heights.
The view of the future we’re presented in the beginning of the film is a bleak one. Unstoppable beings called the sentinels have all but wiped out humanity. The remaining X-Men (including Stewart, Mckellen, and Jackman returning as Professor X, Magneto, and Wolverine respectively) develop a plan to use the powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine’s conscience back to his 1970’s self and assist the younger versions of X and Magneto (McAvoy and Fassbender) as well as past X-Men in making sure the sentinels are never created. The story is ripe for continuity errors, and, though it doesn’t come out completely free of them, it manages to work very well. By the end, in one of the greatest retcons I’ve ever seen in film, the slate of past X-Men films is all but wiped clean, leaving the door open for the series to go in new and very exciting directions.
Where the film shines the most is both its performances and set pieces. The special effects here are top notch here. The creativity in creating spectacular scenes using the various powers of the mutants is incredibly impressive, my favorites being the portal powers of Blink (Bingbing Fan) and an especially surprising debut of the ultra-fast Quicksilver (an extremely charismatic Evan Peters), who completely steals the screen in the short time he’s present. Speaking of stealing the screen, there almost isn’t enough to go around. The cast as a whole is practically perfect in their respective roles, with Fassbender and McAvoy leading the pack of unique and very enjoyable supporting characters. The film as a whole ultimately displays that there are still new heights for the X-Men to explore, and, despite a few missteps, the series is most certainly not out.
While the film leaves a few questions in terms of continuity unanswered (though i’m sure all will be explained in X-Men: Apocalypse, the next entry coming in 2016) it offers enough downright awesome entertainement as well as exceptional performances, spectacular action and excitement to make it one of the best superhero and action films of the year.