He Said, She Said: X-Men Days of Future Past Review

He Said, She Said: X-Men Days of Future Past Review (Image 1)
He Said, She Said: X-Men Days of Future Past Review (Image 1)

HE SAID:

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the ultimate love letter to comic book fans and loyalists to Bryan Singer’s franchise, as well as a huge heartfelt apology for Brett Ratner’s abysmal “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The movie is funny, intelligent and in my humble opinion, the best in the series so far. The scope is grand and the execution is flawless. Hugh Jackman once again portrays Wolverine and does so with such nuance and depth, that it’s going to be nearly impossible to fill his shoes when he does eventually become too old to play the character. He is the pilot of this movie, guiding the First Class performers (James McAvoy as young Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as young Magneto and Nicholas Hoult as young Hank McCoy/Beast). In case you don’t know the plot, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) come together to send Wolverine back in time to save mutants from the construction of the Sentinels, a.k.a. mutant hunting robots, the invention of Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Trask wants the blood and DNA of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) so he can infuse her ability to mold into any mutant and use their powers against them.

The cast is first-rate and Bryan Singer has compassion for these characters and the universe around them. He does a great job of utilizing both new and old X-Men (Quicksilver played by Evan Peters is a major standout) and the ending is one of the finest I can remember in any comic book movie. Actually, this is a movie that stands alone, regardless of its genre. It is a great piece of cinema and so far, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2014. I can’t wait for X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 (teased after the credits) and we can finally say that the wrongs of “X-Men: The Last Stand” have officially been undone and washed away from memory. However, I do recommend watching the trilogy and “X-Men: First Class” before you see “Days of Future Past” if you truly want to maximize your satisfaction and understanding of what’s going on here. There are several inside jokes for X-Men fans to appreciate and some pretty obvious nods to previous movies/mistakes made by Brett Ratner. FULL PRICE. 

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SHE SAID:

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is an imaginative, well-conceived, suspenseful film, a hybrid sequel to “X-Men 2” and “X-Men First Class.” It’s filled with all the X-Men characters and actors for die hard fans. But it can stand alone as a good film on its own.

Now I saw this movie with my family. So as a testament to its wide-ranging appeal, my 14-year-old sister, who’s seen only one other X-Men film, really liked it. And my parents who have seen all the previous movies in the franchise were wowed as well.

Science fiction movies in my opinion are either really good or really bad. There’s usually no in-between. This is an example of a sci-fi film that gets it right. The storytelling, acting, and special effects are to be commended.

This film tackles that question movies have been asking for generations, “Can I change the future by changing the past, or is the future already set in stone?” When Wolverine goes back decades in time back to the 1970’s to prevent a future apocalypse, he knows a few more things, and his life experiences make for some good humor throughout.

And I would be remiss if i didn’t mention the always entertaining and ever-evolving relationship between Professor X and Magneto. The movie ends with infinite possibilities for the next installment. And be sure to stick around until after the credits. FULL PRICE.

  

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