The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.
I meant to get this review finished sooner, but rather than work on it last night I went back to the movies to see X-Men: Days of Future Past a second time. From that information you can probably tell this will be a positive review. I also want to preface the review by saying that if you’re one of those annoying sticklers who complain when filmmakers don’t stick 100% to the source material, you probably won’t agree with my opinion. I’m okay with that; because I bet you probably also complain when Facebook makes minor changes to the layout.
As I said X-Men: DOFP definitely takes some liberties with the story and characters that are completely expected considering the continuity that has been set from previous films. Kitty Pryde wasn’t born yet in 1973. Her parents were still enjoying their youth, tripping on acid, listening to their new Aerosmith album and talking about that big tower they were building in Toronto. That’s right, I did some Wikipedia research of the year 1973. So yes, sending Wolverine back instead of Kitty was one of the changes they made. Much like it’s predecessor X-Men: First Class, you forgive the changes they made because they made a damn good movie.
You should also know going in that this movie is the darkest X-Men film yet. This isn’t your Grandma’s X-Men. Your Grandma’s X-Men is probably Last Stand. The future world is a dark place where most of our favourite mutants are dead and the sentinels have basically destroyed man and mutant-kind alike. The past isn’t such a pleasant place either, especially if you’re a fan of Professor X and you don’t want to see him at rock bottom. Fox seems to have realized what many production companies have noticed before them: darker is better when it comes to comic book movies.
As expected, the cast of DOFP is incredible. They have brought together a true powerhouse of acting talent for familiar and unfamiliar characters, lead actors and bit parts. The new cast shines as they did in First Class. Fassbender is as good, if not a better Magneto than Sir Ian McKellen, and Nicolas Hoult and James McAvoy definitely do their iconic roles justice. Huge Jacked Man clicks well with his old and new co-stars and looks more like Wolverine than ever having bulked up big time for the role. Mystique plays a much bigger part than in the original Days of Future Past story, most likely because she’s America’s new sweetheart and the world fell madly in love with her when she tripped her way onto the stage to accept her Oscar. Not to say she isn’t great in this role. Her murderous rampages and downward spiral to the dark-side are just adorable. Much to my surprise, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver is absolutely fantastic. His scenes are some of the best in the film despite his stupid looking costume. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has some big shoes to fill when he takes on the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This movie seems to be Bryan Singer’s response to X-Men: The Last Stand. His take on the events of that film will make you seriously rethink the previously set up continuity. It’s a time travel movie so of course there are some changes to what we know from previous X-Men movies. I highly recommend watching it, but go in with an open mind that this isn’t the Days of Future Past you may have read in the comics. All the major important parts are there, but most details have been changed. And I probably don’t have to tell you this but stay through the credits.
- Great Cast
- Great visuals and special effects
- Strays from the source material (mostly forgivable)