Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past


Release Date: May 23,2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 mins.
Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Action, Adventure
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit

Imagine a world where you are hunted by an enemy that can instantly adapt to anything you can throw at it. That is the future of mutant and humankind. Mutants are on the brink of extinction and the few remaining X-Men must find a way to stop them. The last ditch effort plan is to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in to his younger body back in 1973 (before all of the Weapon X business. That’s why he has bone claws in the trailers) to help stop the moment that started the end of it all. Now, Logan must convince the younger versions of Magneto and a very broken Professor X to come together to help save the future.

The cast is huge, but it’s handled well. The future versions of the X-Men are shown sparingly and used as a tool to add suspense. The majority of the film focuses on the past and gives the film more focus than most fans expected. Could have done without Halle Berry as Storm (I’ve never had much love for her in the role) but the rest of the cast fit well. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Mystique / Raven. They made her more Rebecca Romijn as she is a total bad ass now. Fassbender and McAvoy as young Eric and Charles are awesome together. The onscreen love/hate relationship is incredible. Hank McCoy or Beast (Nicholas Hoult) gets a much larger role this time and plays his part well. The fight scenes are done pretty well but there isn’t an overbearing amount of fighting and power usage which allows for the story to shine through far better. Peter Dinklage as Trask the creator of the Sentinels and pretty much mutant doom is a fun treat for moviegoers but ultimately the role seems like it could have been played by anyone.

Needless to say, this movie delivers on all fronts. The acting is passable to fantastic and the cast fits almost all the way across. The writing is what really impressed me this time out but then again after X-Men: First Class I had high hopes for what they would deliver with this effort. I definitely recommend going to see this film it’s a good time and just a good movie. Oh, and you’ll have to watch the entirety of the movies’ credits to see the bonus scene. Believe me it will make comic nerds excited.