X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST – EDGE OF YOUR SEAT ACTION!
X-Men: Days of Future Past Review
View date: 12.05.2014
Location: Odeon Leicester Square, London
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Michael Fassbender as Young Magneto
James McAvoy as Young Xavier
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Patrick Stewart as Xavier
Ian McKellan as Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a thrill ride from the opening scene all the way through to the final credits, with hardly any breath taken in between.
The movie opens with a scene of a damaged Earth but quickly pans to a fast-paced battle between our favourite mutants and the much anticipated Sentinels.
Fans have wanted these pieces of industrial machinery in a true form since the film franchise began with X-Men back in 2000 and boy does Singer deliver them!
**SPOILER WARNING – There are spoilers to the film from here on in. Do not read if you do not wish to know key points and the plot of the movie! SKIP TO REVIEW SECTION**
A meeting between Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine determines the plot line for the film, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan Bingbing) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) meet with Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellan) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Humans have been eradicated and there are few mutants left to take a stand.
Kitty is to use her powers to send Xavier back in time to alter the history of events which cause the Sentinels to be created. A well matured Xavier is not strong enough to handle the jump back in time and instead Wolverine is sent in his place to get Magneto and Xavier to band together in a time where they couldn’t be any further apart.
Upon arriving at Xavier’s deteriorated school, he meets a young Beast (Nicholos Hoult), who is caring for a somewhat down-trodden Xavier. The Professor (don’t call him that) is now addicted to a specially formulated syrum that not only allows him to walk after the events of First Class, but also prevents him using telepathy.
Wolverine’s mission is to bring Xavier and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) together, to stop a confused, hurt and corrupt Raven/ Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing anti-mutant figure Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and putting into motion the building of the Sentinals.
The performances from all the actors involved in the film are flawless, from Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellan, Hugh Jackman, to Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Peter Dinklage.
The plot and it’s subtle twists work perfectly in the X-Men universe and everything falls into place, answering every question that has been asked on the run up to this films debut and consolidates the previous timeline issues that have been noted within the franchise.
The filming and special effects of the movie are both explosive, inspiring and at times (mainly the “Kitchen Scene”) hilarious, and Hugh Jackman delivers his one-liners as Wolverine as dry and point-blank as ever.
The film explores real life history, tying in with the assassination of JFK, the Vietnam war and Richard Nixon’s brief stint in the White House, which adds an element of realism. It also delves deeper into the feelings of both young Magneto and young Xavier, allowing the viewer to empathise with both of the leaders.
With nods to all the franchises previous films, costumes included, Days of Future Past makes for an excellent spectacle, with plenty of edge-of-your-seat action and leaves you begging for more.
Review by Brett Watkins | MFO