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This summer is going to be a good year for films. With new interesting movies coming out each week, it’s hard to be excited for all of them. X-Men: Days of Future Past, however was an exception to this for me. Days of Future Past was the movie that I was looking forward to the most all year (that is, until the Interstellar trailer was released). Well before the release of the movie, I purchased tickets to the Thrusday night UltraAVX premiere showing of the film. Sitting in the theater waiting for the movie to start had me as pumped up as I was when I left the movie. I guess the main reason while you guys are here is to know if the movie was able to hold up against all the hype I had been building for it in my mind. Short answer: Hell Yes. Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise results in what is arguably the best film of the whole lot of them.
The basic premise of Days of Future Past might seem a bit complicated, so bear with me as I explain it before going into detail about the movie’s merits and weaknesses. The movie takes place in both the future (post X3 and The Wolverine by 50 or so years) and the past (before X-Men and Origins: Wolverine, but after First Class). In the Terminator-esque future, mutants are not having a good time. Machines called sentinels have been killing mutants and even humans who would have mutant children. Upon Future Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) and Magneto’s (Ian McKellen) recommendation, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to the 70s, to prevent the event that led to the war: Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) killing of Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). To do so he needs the help of Past Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Past Magneto (Michael Fassbender).
Where the film excels the most is in its characters. Both the character depth and the character portrayal is phenomenal. Each role for this massive (not to mention expensive) cast was written with such care and consideration. Despite the film’s complicated plot, the true story is about Charles Xavier finding hope again, and Raven/Mystique’s redemption. All the cast members in this film did such a great job with their roles. Hugh Jackman has proven his ability to act time and time again, and this movie is just another example of it. Jennifer Lawrence also did a great job with her role, and demonstrated much more range than her portrayal of mystique in First Class. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were both phenomenal in the movie as well. Both these actors happen to be some of my favorite up and coming actors right now. To see them on screen together brings me an unhealthy amount of joy. Seeing Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on screen together again had the same effect on me. the movie also featured some truly great supporting actors.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is also an incredibly impressive writing feat. With such a complex premise, the film had the potential to either be great or complete rubbish. Thanks to writer Simon Kinberg (and others), it was the former. To take such a complex story and still manage to write a very character-oriented, moving, thought provoking, and humorous movie is thoroughly impressive. I tip my hat to anyone involved in the writing of this movie. Same goes goes to Bryan Singer’s work as director. This movie felt like Singer coming in, pushing aside all the other [crappy] X-Men movies, and showing them who’s really the boss. It was very refreshing.
I hate to say it, because I have too many positive reviews on this site, but there aren’t too many issues that I can find with this movie. The only issues I can think of are more just things that the writers wrote in that I would not have put in myself. For example, I think they villainized Magneto more than was necessary. I wanted to see Fassbender’s Magneto redeemed. Besides that, with the exception of a few minor issues here and there, this film is airtight.
So. To sum this all up, if you like X-Men even a bit, or movies in general, see this movie. It’s insanely fun, full of some genuinely good laughs, and is everything I could ever ask for from an X-Men movie.