Cert: 12A Runtime: 131 mins Director: Bryan Singer Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Ellen Page, Even Peters, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore and Peter Dinklage
Mutants, we now find ourselves on the edge of extinction…
The new and the old all in one film, for me X-Men: Days of Future Past was meh possibility. After a heavy presence in the film community from conception to finish we have our movie. At the beginning of the process I was rather excited at the premise of the film, but as time drew by more and more people were being cast and the trailer didn’t really do it for me. For me X-Men: First Class is the best of the films, I found it very fresh and riveting. Bryan Singer has brought both companies together for one epic film, for me he was the man to do the job (let’s be honest when he didn’t make X-3, we were very angry people). So what is Days of Future Past all about? By 2023, mutants are on the verge of extinction. Giant robotic Sentinels stalk this devastated future world, hunting down the few survivors. Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) hatch a last desperate plan. They send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 on a make-or-break mission. His challenging task is to unite the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) at a time when they are at one another’s throats. In order to prevent the war ever taking place, it will also be necessary to stop Sentinel inventor Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). The wild card is the agenda of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Despite the story being just another time travelling tale, X-Men Days of Future Past has great delivery to pull it off well. The first twenty minutes set the stage in an explosive opening, setting the pace and time limit of the movie. Once back in the past, Wolverine sets out to accomplish his goals, bringing in the rest of the crew gradually. This is where Singer’s work speaks for itself as he somehow reveals more of his character’s, while still keeping the film moving. I didn’t see too many scenes where the mission had to stop while the group had a heart to heart.The returning cast from both companies was to the standard we would expect, Jackman, Stewart, McAvoy, Fassbender and Dinklage impressed me. My main issue with Dinklage’s character he didn’t truly feel like he had a motive to hate mutants. His performance was great, but the malice behind his methods just wan’t present. Jennifer Lawrence is a good Mystique, I have no doubt there. But she seemed rather hollow in this film.I do feel that Singer made her the epicentre of the film, cash cowing her for her epic stardom and current. Ian McKellen was a bit dull for me also, he was such a bastard in previous films. But here he seemed a bit to frail and not the Magneto we all know. All in all as a whole, it was a great cast effort.
Yet the thing I really loved about this movie was how balanced everything was. Singer once again brought a blend of traits to his project that was done in the appropriate amounts. The comedic timing was top notch, having both old, new, and X-Men reference styles present that were not overdone nor rubbed in my face. Drama was spread out evenly, not focusing on one character’s drama for too long nor was it focused on a single type of drama, keeping me interested instead of asking when will this end. Even the action was done well, with the opening getting the pace of the movie started, and ending with heated excitement to wrap up the intense story line. Such balance is key to many movies my friends, and something that many other genres lack.
Of course there is no perfect movie, and X-Men does have a few flaws for me. While they did a great job tying the three stories together, Singer and company had a few story stretches that were a bit too far-fetched for me. The explanation for how Xavier could walk, or how the X-Men could so easily sneak about were just two examples. Another flaw included how some of the characters, primarily first class, were written off, requiring some close attention to detail to determine their fate. I know there are probably good reasons for this approach, but they best be careful for their next films to avoid any conflict. As for the action, while very balanced I wanted more. Special effects wise it was great, but the scenes lacked some excitement, and were surprisingly shorter than I had anticipated from the trailers. Overall Days of Future Past was one of the best X-Men movie I’ve seen. All three stories are integrated into a tale that will keep you on the edge, and is one of those suspenseful movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With a balanced plot line, well done action, and some great acting, fans of the series may have their faith restored that this series can be good.