x-men: days of future past review


Fantastic Stuff

It’s exciting stuff as the X Men return to the big screen with their biggest adventure to date.  Bryan Singer has returned to direct as the casts of the original X Men series unite with the cast from the First Class prequel to do battle with history and each other.  We start in the future with our mutant friends on the verge of annihilation, the situation so bad Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magento (Ian McKellen) have united.  They decide that the only choice is to send The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to bring their younger selves together to change history.  That is all in the trailer and I’ll go no further in order not to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it.

I always start my reviews with the positives so this could take some time.  I won’t beat around the bush … this is a brilliant movie.  Not just a good comic book movie, it”s a good movie full stop.  There are two things that lift this movie to hits heights – the layers in the narrative and the superb cast.  Beyond the main thrust of the story there are the various sub plots which centre around the different relationships between the characters.  The tension between the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is carried over from X Men First Class culminating in a very tense scene on board a private jet.  There is also the relationship they have with Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) whose soul they continue to fight for.  The Wolverine finds himself in the unfamiliar surroundings of playing peace keeper and mentor which takes his character into new realms.

If you have been paying attention to the name dropping throughout this review the cast for this film is very impressive.  For all that this is James McAvoy’s film.  This is impressive when you consider he spends large parts of the film sharing the screen with Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence.  He does a good job of showing the disillusionment of the Xavier character and the simmering resentment of the young Eric/Magneto.

I know I am supposed to write about negatives so here’s one – the film makes no attempt to explain how Professor Xavier survived the events of X Men The Last Stand.  That being said, using a plot device borrowed from JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot by the end of the movie it doesn’t matter.

The trailers excited me and when combined with the return of Bryan Singer I could barely contain myself when I entered the cinema.  Thankfully the film didn’t disappoint.  Good cast, good story, sets up a new future with new avenues to explore. Comes strongly recommended by this movie blogger.


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