X-Men: Days of Future Past Film Review

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Despite how I usually am with franchise movies, I wasn’t THAT excited for this. I just felt like it could go wrong trying to fit in both sets of cast members, it was trying to do too much and personally, the X-Men movies aren’t the best. I still had to see it, naturally.

I was surprised how seamlessly the two worlds, past and present, gelled together. I really didn’t think they would, or it would be jarring, some characters wouldn’t have much to do etc. That wasn’t much of a problem. My main issue, however, was that I hadn’t seen the previous movies recently enough. I have seen each film twice but that wasn’t enough. They needed to be freshly in my mind. I could have done with watching them all again. However, I didn’t have time and it wasn’t a huge problem – it just would have been nice to not have niggling questions in my mind that I had to Google later on.

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Basically, the older X-Men, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magento (Ian McKellen) etc are under attack from Sentinels, robots that are so advanced they can adapt to any mutant’s ability. They were created by Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage) and then made indestructible by scientists who captured Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) after she killed Trask in the 1970s. The only way to beat them is to go back to the 1973, stop Raven to ensure the Sentintels could not be made and rewrite history. Of course, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the man for the job.

What I love about this is the humour and the 70s fashion. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is not how Wolverine expects him to be and Charles can’t believe Wolverine knows him in the future.  I loved all the 1970s TVs and video cameras. My favourite character is Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and his appearance is rather brief but he is so funny. I would have loved to see more of him.

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The power struggle between Xavier and Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is great but they did seem to make up very quickly. You knew stopping Raven wasn’t going to be as easy as planned. Lawrence has a starring role in this – she really is used more than I imagined. There were times, especially towards the end, that I felt the plot was drifting slightly and not as tight as it could be. Everything was going wrong, you felt the future might not saved and yet, you didn’t seem to care that much until the very end. Quite a few of the stumbling blocks were a tad ridiculous and I couldn’t always understand Erik’s motivations. I know he is the villain per se, but he seemed to want to help and then he didn’t…it was confusing trying to understand. I didn’t really get the purpose of his stadium moving, although it looked frickin’ cool.

Anyway, it is entertaining, there are some amazing stunts, it is funny and witty and it didn’t try to involve too many characters. It kept to the core few that were essential to the plot (besides some extra future cast that I didn’t recognise) but managed to secure some great cameos from fan favourites at the end. There’s also a shock cameo that could have implications for future films (but that’s a secret). I don’t really know where they can go from here. I know there is another movie but I felt like it wrapped things up well. It could do with finishing here – but I know they won’t, in this day and age. A must-see for any franchise action fans!

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  1. […] The X-Men came back and there was a lot of in-fighting between the mutants as Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) moves to the dark side to be with Magneto (Michael Fassbender). I loved the humour, the action and effects. Impressive sequel – the Quicksilver scene is a standout. Read review here. […]

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