X-MEN: DAYS OF THE FUTURE PAST – A Movie Review
Disclaimer: Yes, there are some spoilers in this one – I tried to leave them out but the review made no sense without them. Sorry. So please, read with caution!
I was lucky enough to squeeze in a screening of X-Men: Days of the Future Past into my, currently, very hectic schedule last night, and I immediately wanted to watch it again because it was as amazing as I imagined it would be after the first installment X-Men: First Class.
The film jumps right into the action, with the Sentinels being dropped on a war torn landscape, which gives a very dystopian-esque vibe of the future. Of course, the future is a dystopian which as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) puts it “only the worst of [humanity] in charge” and we know most mutants and some humans have been eradicated by the new government and their Sentinels.
The Sentinels were also pretty cool – they’re basically mutants themselves in some ways because they were built on the same principals – able to adapt to change, etc – and with some mutant DNA, so its ironic that they’re being used to wipe mutants out.
And I haven’t even gotten to the spoilers yet, because all this happens in only the first few minutes of the film and it evident in the trailer:
It’s also evident from the first part of the film that the future with Sentinels is NOT a good place to live. The characters are an edge away from death and their is a distinct lack of expanded dialogue in the scenes with the characters in the future that lend an urgency to these scenes. It isn’t until Wolverine is sent into the past by Kitty/Shadowcat (Ellen Page) that the film begins to incorporate some humour and the pacing slows down a bit. It’s almost as if now that the characters have some breathing space, so does the audience and I have to give props to Bryan Singer for creating a sense of closeness between characters and audience in this film. I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the most of it, so whenever there were small comic relief scenes I was grateful.
Speaking of comic relief, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) did an AMAZING job in this film. He was one of my favourite parts and the prison break where he’s sent to get Erik (Michael Fassbender) out of his Pentagon prison cell was perfect!
But, along with getting cameos from all the X-Men, one of the best parts of X-Men: Days of the Future Past was that the film kept moving from past to future and back, because it reminded the audience of the stakes should the Sentinel project go through and really build the pace and story as it build towards the all-important turning point. And when the film brought visual references from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film and the previous X-men trilogy it tied the whose franchise together into a coherent story. A really cool set-up considering that Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) is back and the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse (May 2016), is all about the first mutant and we get a glimpse of Apocalypse as a young man in the post-credits scene.
And I think I’m going to end the review here for fear of spoiling anything else. But I recommend this film to every super-hero fan because it was PERFECT, a true 5 star film…and that’s pretty much as good as it gets! 😀
But if you’re totally hungry for more details and/or a discussion, just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
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