[ Movie Review ] “X-Men: Days of Future Past” By Blade Brown
X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review
Plot– The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Review– In the year 2000, Bryan Singer(The Usual Suspects) brought the very first X-Men movie to the big screen. While being a average film, it, along with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, helped spark the current wave of comic book movies. It also launched the career of Hugh Jackman, who’s gone on to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. 14 years, and 5 movies later, the franchise comes full circle with the release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Coming off of two of the best received films in the series, DOFP had a lot of hype to live up to. With a plethora of returning characters, and Singer back in the director’s chair, it not only lives up to the hype, but turns out to be the best X-Men film in the series spanning almost two decades.
This being a huge ensemble film, there are a lot of characters to follow. Naturally they all don’t get a lot of screen time, and some have been almost cut completely from the theatrical release. So if you’re a fan of Anna Paquin, you’ll have to wait for the final season of True Blood to get your fix. Fan favorite Bishop finally makes his film debut. But like Gambit in 2009’s Wolverine, he is poorly represented in the film. The look and lack of screen time will leave fans of his furious. Trust me, I sat next to one when I saw the movie. The movie spends most of its duration in the past, as Logan must unite mutants who are at odds to stop an assassination attempt that will directly cause the extermination of almost all mutants in the future by giant robots called Sentinels.
The cast, those who get sufficient screen time, due their characters justice. Hugh Jackman is always great as Logan, but its James McAvoy & Michael Fassbender who carry the movie. Fassbender’s performance as Magneto is Heath Ledger like. Not in the sense of award worthy, but he blows his predecessor’s version out of the water. McAvoy delivers a much different Professor Xavier than we’re used to seeing, but he is fantastic with his portrayal. One new character that IS done right, is Peter Maximoff, aka Quicksilver. Played by Evan Peters(American Horror Story) he is easily the films gem. He has the best sequence in any of the X-Men films since Nightcrawler’s White House invasion in “X2“, that ends with a funny hint at his connection to Magneto.
The Bottom Line– This is the X-Men movie fans have been waiting for. With a great story & impressive effects, this will hopefully be a springboard for the franchise moving forward. Although Bishop is mishandled & other characters have been cut out of the film in general, I can foresee a extended cut when the movie hits Blu Ray. Even with its flaws, this is one very entertaining movie. With the new the film already set to come out in 2016, the franchise seems to have gotten its mojo back. Get ready for the “Age Of Apocalypse”
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