REVIEW – X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

I had seen the trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past and whilst I wanted to see the movie, I wasn’t in a rush. However, thankfully, my friend was. As we sat there during the commercials we thought back to the last X-Men instalment, X-Men: First Class, thinking about what direction this new film would take and what we could interpret from the trailers. I could have developed a thousand theories on how the film would have progressed, but nothing prepared me for the hours that followed.

I’ve always been a fan of X-Men, from the series, to the TV show, to the video game. The films have always been favourites and I can’t count the amount of times we’ve had marathons, trying to piece together certain clues and amazing story lines. I must say this film was no exception. The directing, screenwriting, special effects and performances were magnificent.

The movie which explores the lives of the X-Men, both past and present really takes the audience on a spectacular journey. From the present state of time 2023 where not only mutants, but those who carry the mutant gene are hunted and killed, we are introduced to new X-Men and reintroduced to old X-Men students who are now in the role of leaders and teachers.

The X-Men are trying to outrun robots known as Sentinels, this is when the first interesting part occurs, heightened powers are utilised, that trick not only the enemies but audience included. The story then takes us to a secluded area where the remaining X-Men meet to formulate a plan to go back in time and change the course of history.

Central to this change is Raven aka Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).  What follows is an interesting trip to the past where the ramifications of The Vietnam War are felt by humans and mutants alike. We are taken back to before the turning point, where a certain event would act as a trigger that produces the reality we were introduced to early on.

It is tasked to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to go back and convince Charles aka Professor X (James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart) and Erik aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender and Sir Ian McKellen)  to join forces and rewrite history. What follows is an extraordinary course of events that will excite all. New faces such as Peter Dinklage portraying Dr. Trask come into the picture as a key character to this story. As well as new mutant Quicksilver portrayed by Evan Peters, providing the audience with one of the best and funniest scenes seen in the franchise.

We see some brilliant parallels and interesting links to films previously released. Truly some remarkable clips are shown throughout this film, I had chills at certain points and the ending was perhaps one of the best I’ve seen in a while. We were so emotional by the conclusion. I have to admit at times when I see a film I think, wow, that was the best film ever, and I didn’t want to be the first and possibly only one to say it. So I turn to my friends and the first thing they say to me was, “that was the best X-Men film.”

The ending was pure brilliance. There are two stages to the conclusion and both were equally rewarding and spectacular to experience as an audience of fans. Make sure you stay until the final credits roll for a sneak peak into the next film. I’m definitely going to see it again, first I’m going to watch all the previously released films and cap it of with this gem.

Rating: 4.5/5

☆☆☆☆1/2

 

Here’s my condensed message I sent to everyone after I saw the film.

Attention X-Men fans! Actually no, attention everyone! I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t tell you to go and see X-Men: Days of Future Past. Seriously if you’re a fan you’ll probably pass out. What an ending!!! I’m not even exaggerating. Cinematic brilliance. Also I’m thinking there’ll be at least another two films to follow.

 

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