I was pretty excited for this movie. I may have hated X-Men: The Last Stand but I loved both X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine. I was curious how they would manage to adapt one of the most popular X-Men storylines into a big budget film. I wanted to see how they would handle the whole time travel element which is pivotal to the story. Besides, the trailers made the movie look so good!
It turns out that they did. The movie really looks good but the story is a little disjointed.
Before you read any further, please know that this review will be SPOILER-FREE FOR THE MOST PART. There are some troubling spots in the film that I have to discuss so I can properly express why I think there are problems. But, just so most people can read the review without me revealing major plot points, THE SPOILERS WILL BE WRITTEN IN WHITE TEXT. If you’re okay with reading spoilers, just highlight the entire page so you can read it.
Now that’s cleared up, on with the review!
X-Men: Days of Future Past starts in 2033 and mankind is slowly being eliminated by the Sentinels, self-aware androids programmed to hunt for mutants. Most of the world has become a desolate place and the X-Men are losing the fight. They hatch a plan to send Wolverine back to the past to prevent the war from ever happening.
The first thing I actually like to talk about are the action sequences. Why? Because they’re great! The fight choreographer made every battle look exciting and fun yet violent and dangerous. Every one of the X-Men use their abilities in fantastic and creative ways. But they best way they do use their abilities is when they use them to help each other. Even Blink, who has the purely defensive ability to create teleportation portals, becomes an offensive power when used with conjuction with her fellow X-Men.
The characters are also fleshed out as each of the major players always has something to do, at least for the mutants. It’s great seeing Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan back as Future Professor X and Future Magneto, respectively, as the chemistry between the two is pretty evident even though they don’t get to really interact as much as their younger selves. Speaking of that, the returning cast of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicolas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence) all give phenomenal and believable performances once again. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is still the best version of Wolverine out there and it’s hard to see anyone else in the role.
Most of the new mutants introduced are pretty cool, overall. The only sore spot would be Warpath since I never got to understand what his powers are besides being able to sense when the Sentinels are about to attack. However, the mutant that steals the show is Pietro Maximoff AKA Quicksilver. He gets, hands down, one of the best action sequences put to a superhero film. And, no, I’m not talking about the commercial where he shills for a fastfood joint.
Unfortunately, most of the human cast aren’t given that much to do in the film. While you can clearly see Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask (creator of the Sentinel program) great acting ability shine through, there’s not enough meat for his character to hold your interest. His assistant, William Stryker (yes, the same one who gave Wolverine his Adamantium skeleton and claws) is even worse off as he’s pretty much a background character and doesn’t do anything interesting at all!
However, if there’s one thing I am annoyed with is the plot since there are a lot of contradictions that pop up. This is a movie that deals with altering the past so it was bound to happen at one point in the film. But the thing is, the issue reels its ugly head early on in the movie! I don’t think most people will notice it but I’m pretty familiar with the continuity established during the prior films.
Now, this is where I place the SPOILER WARNING! Like I said the Spoiler is hidden in white text so you need to highlight the section noted below to read it. If you don’t want to know what the spoiler is, you can just skip ahead.
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So, at the start of the film, they establish that Mystique assassinates Bolivar Trask, which results with the Sentinel project being approved. They also establish that Mystique was captured soon after and they add her shapeshifting ability to the Sentinels so they androids can adapt to each mutant’s capabilities…
Now, is it just me or didn’t the original X-Men trilogy of films have Mystique running around and working for Magneto? This causes a huge continuity issue since she couldn’t have been with Magneto if she was being experimented on way back in 1973! And I couldn’t say this was an alternate timeline since, when Charles Xavier dives into Logan’s/Wolverine’s mind, Professor X does see the events that transpired during the original trilogy!
While this may be written in just as a convenience to give Mystique a bigger role, it makes no sense to me and took me out of the film for the first half of the entire run.
While this problem is a huge deal for me, it wasn’t exactly a dealbreaker. Once I “recovered” from it, I did enjoy the rest of the film.
Overall, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an excellent film and definitely makes up for the atrocious X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine: Origins. It’s a great action movie overall but it would’ve been greater if it weren’t for the timeline problems. I say give it a watch because of the awesome fights (especially the one with Quicksilver!) and great acting.
Oh, by the way, stay and wait for the credits to end since there is a short scene that plays afterwards. Comic book fans will recognize what the scene is referencing but people who are just familiar with the films will leave confused. So, be a dear and explain it to them, comic book lovers!
What did you think of X-Men: Days of Future Past? Did it make up for the awful The Last Stand and Origins movies? Whatever your opinion is, leave them in the comments section below!