As usual, this is another review of a blockbuster movie that I was excited to see, and as usual, never did. So… let the question be posed, is it worth the wait?
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Marvel Film Review
The future world for X-Men’s mutants is anything but safe. Bobby (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty (Ellen Page) and their friends are being hunted by man-made robots. Created by the scientist, Trask (Peter Dinklage), with help from mutant DNA, their purpose is to eradicate mutants. Into this massacre walks the man who brought these students all together, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his formidable friend-turned-foe, Magneto (Ian McKellen).
Charles realizes he needs to, along with his students, stop this from happening and with the help of Kitty they plan to send Charles back into the past to warn his younger self. Concerned for him, Kitty warns him doing so will tear him apart. This brings Logan (Hugh Jackman) into their plans; a mutant who has the ability to heal nearly as quickly as injuries pierce his body.
Waking up in the 70’s introduces Logan to a completely different era in the lives of his future mutant students. Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) is still figuring out his mutant powers and Charles (James McAvoy) is a broken man totally opposite of the man Logan now knows as the professor. His school is closed and he no longer hears the voices; losing his sister broke him. But their mission is to track and find Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) before she murders Trask and unknowingly forever alters the future.
Considering some of the “ho-hum” reviews I’ve read, I’m really not surprised at my reaction to the film. Most of the time, I know this genre is going to test the limits of realism because, simply put, superheroes defy realistic expectations. Their purpose (in my opinion) is to entertain. That said, yes, basically the whole time watching this, I was 100% a fangirl over this movie. Dare I say it, this may be my favorite of the bunch yet.
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Right before watching this, I finished up my first-time viewings of the old films with ‘The Last Stand.’ This one just isn’t quite as good (poignant) because it’s more of a look backward, however there is a lot good about the production and that’s more than enough. Whoever dreamed up the marriage (writer Simon Kinberg has Sherlock Holmes credits as well as This Means War) of the original X-Men franchise and later the ‘First Class’ origins is brilliant. Seriously. Aside from just about everything, what I love best is seeing everyone together and their reactions to each other before they become their future selves. For example, after seeing Beast and Logan hackle each other in X-Men The Last Stand, it’s a blast to see the two “meet” here. Since I also love Raven and Charles’ complicated relationship (by Lawrence and McAvoy), it’s lovely to revisit their younger selves.
Especially interesting is to see the dynamic between Logan and Charles. Instead of Logan being the broken one, the tables turn, meaning Charles is the subject of Logan’s help and guidance. It’s really quite an interesting switch that asks new questions, giving us more insight into both characters.
I think overall the best of this installment is how it rewrites some history. Instead of merely resurrecting characters, it gives us a plausible (just don’t expect the timelines to make any sense) reason as to why some characters return. There are cameos by Scott and Jean; an introduction to Quicksilver (Evan Peters); and a brief appearance by Rogue (Anna Paquin), which is a bummer since I really like her character. But on the upside, Storm (Halle Berry) is back. Beyond this, I really love (have I said this a lot!?) the staging of many pivotal scenes. Primarily, the fantastic “big sequence” for Quicksilver which is as crazy as it is epic and also the climax is quite impacting.
Injected into most of this is also a lighthearted sense of humor that’ hard to miss. The way things end even with the post credits shadow of bad to come, leaves a happier picture and where Logan is always the tragic figure, there is a sense of “hope” here, and for that, I’m ridiculously happy with X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s worth the wait and then some.
Your turn: have you seen this installment, if so, comment, rave or gush about your thoughts. It’s all welcome.
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Content: a shot shows a nude man from the backside as he wakes up in bed with someone. There’s a few other innuendoes, too. Lots of things that blow up; Erik in particular destroys many things, especially near the end. There is some profanity – h*ll, da*n, sh*t, abuse of God’s name and one use of the f-word. The film is PG-13.