X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Hugh Jackman | James McAvoy | Michael Fassbender | Jennifer Lawrence | Nicholas Hoult | Sir Patrick Stewart | Sir Ian McKellen | Ellen Page | Halle Barry | Peter Dinklage | Josh Helman | Daniel Cudmore | | Evan Peters | Shawn Ashmore | Fan BingBing | Omar Sy | Booboo Stewart | Adan Canto |
We can all agree that the X-Men continuity is a mess, with countless inconsistencies done throughout the years after Singer’s departure from the franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past is seemingly the fix the franchise needs as Bryan Singer has come back to helm the once beloved franchise to give it a fresh new start.
The plot is based on the classic X-Men story arc of the same name by Chris Clernmont and John Byrne as It jumps to the year 2023, a future where both human and mutant kind are nearly wiped out by living weapons known as the Sentinels. The few remaining X-Men of that future decide to put Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to the year 1973 to convince a young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) to join forces and prevent the key elements that paved way to the mutant genocide from happening.
PLOT ANALYSIS: A
To the film’s credit, Director, Bryan Singer and Writer, Simon Kinberg brilliantly balanced an action-packed sci-fi drama as they both deliver a spectacular entry to the franchise. The time travel arc is not necessarily a problem. It is actually quite plausible, having a natural flow to the film and not entirely convoluted. Other than that, this movie is not exactly all dark and brooding either, the film does have its fair share of comedic moments where they play the comedy subtly, just don’t expect it to be like the Marvel Cinematic Universe where the jokes make the whole movie.
This film is not necessarily a Wolverine heavy film as most people claim it to be before the movie comes out. Hugh Jackman plays a more reserved Logan this time around, no longer the bub-snikt-stab Wolverine we’ve come to know and most of the time he takes the back seat. The film is ultimately about Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, being the emotional core of the overall film.
Xavier’s quest to becoming the man we have seen him become is quite moving, while Lawrence being the key element to the grim future is actually a good nod to the original source material with a lot of compelling material this time around, as for Fassbender he is a commanding presence as always being the big villain with more layers that you’ve come to expect. If there is really one problem I had with the plot is that Trask’s motivations on why he started becoming this “mutant fascist” still needs a few tweeks to it to make the film work a lot better.
Though this film may be “plot heavy”, the film still had its fair share of engaging action sequences and visual eye candy. The action scenes were actually integral to the plot; they’re not there for the sake of having visual flare. Right from the first scene you are immediately invested in the movie as it starts with an awesome fight scene in a Skynet-like future. There were also many other brilliantly thought out action sequences throughout the film, one of which that truly stands out was the pentagon scene that is easily going to the history books as one of the best action sequence in a comic book film much like Nightcrawler’s White House siege in X2 and The Battle of New York in 2012’s Avengers.
There’s nothing much to say about the score other than the fact that it is great to hear John Ottman’s theme again, I cracked a smile when I heard that in the opening credits. You truly feel Singer’s return to the franchise right from the start.
THE PERFORMANCES: A
Bear in mind, this movie has humongous a cast of people where both Singer and Vaughn’s cast come together in one film; the way they balanced all the characters was actually surprising. Like I said McAvoy, Lawrence, and Fassbender are this film’s big 3, the three of them have a commanding presence along with Stewart’s Professor X and McKellen’s Magneto in most scenes. There were still a few characters where they barely say one line, but the scenes still makes up for the little development that they have, it is after all expected since this film has a humongous cast.
Notable newcomers like Fan Bingbing’s Blink and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver share the best action scenes in the movie, but it was really Evan Peters who stole the show as Quicksilver despite the little scenes he was in. If you thought Hugh Jackman played a different Wolverine in his self-titled film, this Wolverine is even more different. Like I said, Jackman plays a more reserved Logan; you can tell by his performance that his character has been through a lot without giving it away, that kind of subtlety is what I admired about Jackman’s performance in this film. Lastly is, Peter Dinklage though he is a brilliant in this film, he is very under-used in this film with very little material he is given. I just wish his motives were developed more for his character to work.
In the end, I think X-Men Days of Future Past is an on-screen achievement. There’s many things I find admirable in this new X-Men movie, one of which is that it made a lot of bold choices when it came to correcting the film’s continuity. This is definitely going up there as one of the best superhero movies ever made as it had a good balance of thrill and emotion from start to finish. The performances are brilliant and I thought it was nice to see Singer in the director’s chair again after his 8-year absence from the franchise. This film is an near-perfect experience and definitely sets-up a promising future ahead of them.
THE PLOT: A