Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is an apology to all of the X-Men fans for pretty much all of the previous entries in the franchise. While there are still countless inaccuracies, in comparison to the comics, there are enough engaging action sequences, entertaining story lines and a fantastic cast that make this latest addition worth anyone’s time. Days of Future Past flings us far into a post-apocalyptic future, where both humans and mutants are being subjugated by the government. Using giant robots, dubbed as Sentinels, the X-Men decide to try one last plan, in order to change their grim fate. By sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) into the past, to try and stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the creator of the Sentinels, in order for the Sentinel program from ever being implemented. He’s joined by the youthful versions of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), in order to save the future of both Man and Mutantkind.
What previous entries lacked in both action or cohesiveness, Days of the Future Past makes up for by also embracing what came before and actually making a compelling story out of the X-Men franchise entirely. There are a few elements that come off as a bit silly, in regards to the alternate history angle, but for any faults of the film, it makes up for with how spectacular the other pieces work together. The very intro to both the film and a major chunk of the heroes from the future, out do anything that’s ever been to this point in the X-Men films. Remember how awesome it was when Nightcrawler tried to kill the president in X2: X-Men United? You might as well forget it, because the spectacle that both the cast and Singer lay out just wipes the floor with any of that.
The entire cast makes sure to do each of the characters justice, whether they’ve been playing these characters for years or have only recently become part of the series. Actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan do a fantastic job at bringing these characters to life once again. Both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender do an incredible job at the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, as they did in X-Men: First Class and continue to explore the characters in a different light. Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique is very much a bad ass and brings a fantastic physical presence to the role, much more than Rebecca Romijn ever had to.
Where many other films have failed by having multiple stories and timelines happening simultaneously, Days of Future Past succeeds and does it while juggling elements from its earlier renditions. I certainly had many issues with the writing of First Class, but writer Simon Kinberg manages to throw in every element that makes the X-Men tick, as well as ensuring the stability of the franchise as a whole. While many of the characters in the film don’t get much character development or screen time, their powers are on full display that manage to captivate and showcase what fans have wanted all this time, mutants just doing their thing.
I had plenty of doubts for X-Men: Days of Future Past, due to the erratic, cinematic history of Marvel’s band of mutants. Consider me a complete convert, with the viewing of this film, because it’s one of the best summer movies to come out this year and one of the best X-Men films to date. Highly Recommended!