Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ before its national release. It’s awesome, go see it as soon as you can.
When mutantkind is facing extinction by the hands of the Sentinels, the X-men decide to send Wolverine back in time in order to prevent these killer robots from ever being made. In order to do so he has to prevent Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels whose death fast-tracked the production process of these killing machines. But Wolvie can’t do this by himself; he requires the help of the young Charles Xavier and the young Magneto, who in 1973 are sworn enemies.
With ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ the X-men franchise is back in the hands of original X-Men-director Bryan Singer. His return created high expectations, and this mammoth blockbuster of a movie gracefully exceeds them. ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ is a mixture of ‘X-Men 2’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’ with a tad of ‘Inception’. And the result is X-ceptional! With a stellar cast, a clever and suspenseful screenplay, spectacular action, emotional drama and a stellar cast with enough witty jokes to lighten the mood, this is a powerhouse of a movie that fires on all cylinders. The stakes are high throughout, and Singer manages to keep the tension and the suspense going for the full duration of the film.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the heart of the movie. And Jackman has never been better (nor buffer) in his role-of-a-lifetime. The Aussie icon likes to say his portrayal of the rough antihero is inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, but Jackman has now played Wolverine more times than Eastwood has played Harry Callahan. And while Hugh was recently saying he would be done with the role soon, the star actor is now taking back these words as it turns out the critical reception for this film is through the roof. And rightfully so, Jackman can easily play the role another four times before his performance would start getting old. Who knows, an X-Men movie set in Outback Australia might even be a future possibility!
Jennifer Lawrence‘s brings emotional gravitas to the role of Mystique, yet at the same time she also kicks ass like few other female movie characters ever have. Michael Fassbender is excellent and you can really see how he’s starting to settle into the role of Magneto. And of course it is great to see Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen back in small roles as the future Xavier and Magneto.
But the master of magnetism is not the only villain here! As mentioned, the X-Men have to stop Mystique who is on a mission to kill Bolivar Trask, who wants to commit genocide on all mutants. ‘Game Of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage is a clever choice for the Naziesque Trask; he is a man who singles out a whole race as inferior while he has a physical shortcoming himself, similar to how many prominent Nazi’s had some physical handicap as well. Young Aussie actor Josh Helman convinces in the small but prominent role of Trask’s henchman William Stryker, a character played by Brian Cox and Danny Huston in previous X-films.
As good as all the individual cast members are, the showstealer here is newcomer Quicksilver (Evan Peters). This high speed high energy ADD superhero gets the finest moment of the film in a dazzling scene where he helps Magneto escape from a secure prison underneath the Pentagon. Magneto’s and Quicksilver’s father-and-son-relationship from the comics is briefly mentioned as well. It is a mystery why the X-Men send their newest recruit home right when they are about to go into a fight where they could use him even more .
The future scenes feature fan favourites Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Bishop (Omar Sy), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Warpath (Booboo Stewart). Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Halle Berry all return to their roles of Iceman, Kitty Pryde and Storm, and Chinese pop culture phenomenon Fan BingBing impresses without dialogue as the teleporting mutant Blink.
Their battle scenes are impressive, although there are only two big future scenes in the whole film. SPOILER ALERT while the trailers make it look like the future X-Men are fighting the Sentinels, it is not much of a battle since most mutants soon become cannon fodder for the Sentinels. And that is also one of the few flaws of the film: after we see a few X-Men die we get the point, yet the scene where the Sentinels are killing off the future X-Men goes on and on. It is also misleading marketing since what is presented as an epic fight in the trailers is actually just mass murder by the Sentinels END SPOILER ALERT
By the end of the film the X-Men franchise has managed to reboot itself in an ingenious way, undoing a lot of damage from the much-maligned ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and paving the way for 2016’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ In this 2016 instalment of the series the X-Men will fight their mightiest foe, one who has been on earth for thousands of years. According to what we know now, the film is supposed to feature Wolverine, Beast, Mystique, Quicksilver, Xavier and Magneto with new addition Channing Tatum as Gambit and new actors playing young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler. Make sure you stick around during the credits for a scene setting up ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’!
It is safe to say the biggest blockbuster of the year has arrived, since it is unlikely that the new Hobbit or even the new Christopher Nolan film will make as big an impact as this X-cellent blockbuster. Go check it out on the biggest screen possible.