‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Review: Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence

Posted in Film, Reviews by - May 22, 2014
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Review: Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence

If you are a Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence or Hugh Jackman fan, a Marvel comic book fanatic or just someone who loves superhero movies in general, you will love X-Men Days of Future Past. If you adored 2000’s X-Men and 2003’s X-Men 2 and couldn’t take all of the craziness in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, you’ll most definitely love Days of Future Past. 2011’s X-Men: First Class was an outstanding welcome return to the popular Marvel film franchise and if you can believe it, Days of Future Past is even better.

The film opens in the dystopian future, where gigantic lethal robots known as Sentinels are destroying mutants. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Storm (Halle Berry), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) are all part of the small group of remaining mutants. They devise a plan to send Wolverine back to the 1970s in order to prevent an event that is disastrous for their future. Kitty Pryde uses her unique power of transporting through time and sends Wolverine back decades.

Now in the 1973, Wolverine will have to convince a now powerless (and alcoholic) Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) and an imprisoned Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to trust each other again and work together as they hunt down Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Mystique, now forcefully fighting to protect fellow mutants, is planning to murder scientist Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) for his experiments on mutants that have lead to death. With the help of a newfound fast-friend Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and trusty intelligent Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto join forces to save their species.

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Director Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn’s film is visually magnificent, with colorful and intense action scenes between the X-Men and the Sentinels to the incredible slow-motion Quicksilver sequences, which are easily the best in the movie. Quicksilver may be the most likable character in Days of Future Past and Peters is fantastic in playing the fast-moving mutant, who gets Magneto out of prison.

Michael Fassbender can do no wrong and I would go as far in saying that his Magneto is perfection. Is there a more badass scene in the history of film than that “Blood & Honor” scene in X-Men First Class? Now, three years later as he reprises the role, Fassbender has risen to the top of Hollywood’s best with roles in films like Prometheus and 12 Years a Slave. He’s more comfortable than ever as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, the metal controlling mutant doing whatever it takes to protect his race. Fassbender is easily one of the best parts of the film and watching his relationship with James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence on screen is everything.

With that being said, Jennifer Lawrence is completely badass as Mystique and this is the first X-Men film where the screenplay finally allows for some appropriate Mystique action! Her character is given a lot to do here as she battles for her race, but also longs for the friendship she had with her old friend Charles. We all know that there will never be a greater Wolverine in the history than Hugh Jackman, and he is perfect in leading this film, but Fassbender and Lawrence definitely have a lot to be celebrated here.

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As for the 3D, don’t waste your money. A 2D ticket is ideal for this movie since the 3D doesn’t add anything to influence the story. Also, stay all the way after the end credits for a special end credits scene hinting at 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. I already can’t wait for that one!

Though there are a few plot holes, especially one revolving around Professor X (how exactly is he alive in the future anyway?), Days of Future Past is exquisite and will delight X-Men fans to no end.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has everything a summer movie blockbuster should have: An incredible star-studded ensemble paired with an equally intriguing screenplay, time-travel, wicked action scenes, especially those featuring Quicksilver and most importantly, Jennifer Lawrence continuing to be a badass. This film has something for everyone and is easily one of Marvel’s best. 

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