Tuesday, May 20, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Releases May 23rd, 2014
2 hr 11 mins
Rated PG-13



Bryan Singer


Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique:
Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat:
Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey Grammer as Hank McCoy / Beast
Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman
Omar Sy as Bishop
Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus
Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Fan Bingbing as Clarice Ferguson / Blink
Adan Canto as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
Booboo Stewart as James Proudstar / Warpath
Josh Helman as William Stryker
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Evan Jonigkeit as Toad
Mark Camacho as Richard Nixon

Review by Stephen M.

X-Men: Days of Future Past which is adapted from the storyline of the same name in Uncanny X-Men #141 & 142 published back in 1981 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.  It takes our favorite mutants time traveling of sorts.  But instead of Kitty (Ellen Page) in the comic books, we get Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) going back to prevent a fairly horrific future for both mutants and mankind.

The mutants from the future dystopia concludes that the turning point in their lives is when Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) kills Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) in 1973.  Boliver Trask is the man who created the Sentinels, the mutant killing machines.  Wolverine must convince a younger Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to work together to convince Mystique not to kill Bolivar.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.  Seeing a lot of the mutants not previously featured at least in the way this movie does had me excited for the X-Men franchise again.  Quicksilver (Evan Peters) long a "running" joke within the Marvel comic books was made cool again.  Blink, long a favorite character of mines was very cool to see in action despite the limited scenes.  And the scenes near the end where Magneto just tears up RFK Stadium and the White House shows us just how badass he was in the comic books from the 1960s through the 1980s.  The concept that they came up with the future sentinels and Mystique is quite clever as well.

What I didn't like was the confusing nature with the time travel especially as to how Kitty had the power to send back people's minds in time.  The character which they listed as Sunspot in the movie actually featured the powers of the mutant Magma in the comic book.  They introduced several mutants including Havok (Lucas Till) but never utilize them in the plot.  But the Kitty thing really gets to me.  Other things I didn't like included the part after the Paris conference dragging a bit as well the end fight scene was not as exciting as some of the fights in the beginning of the movie.  There are still some "oh my" moments towards the end but for me the most enjoyable part of the movie for me was with Quicksilver.

Overall, I would highly recommend the film if you're a fan of the X-Men.  Seeing how ripped Hugh Jackman was, makes you think there will be many more films with him in the near future.  The ending definitely leaves open the possibility of many new stories with a lot of the popular X-Men making a comeback.  You'll have to see the movie to find out who.  Make sure to stay for after the credits for a scene leading to the next movie Apocalypse.  


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