X-Men: Days of Future Past Review: A God Among Insects

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Clunky title aside, the latest adventure with the X-Men is one of the best superhero movies of all time, combining humor, action, emotion, nostalgia, and political prowess to make for a highly rewarding experience.

Many fans worried that the film would be overcrowded, much like 2006’s nearly franchise-killing X-Men: The Last Stand. But Days of Future Past flawlessly weaves both parts of its title to give us a plethora of unforgettable character moments.

As with all of Bryan Singer’s X-Men films, this being his third, we begin with a short speech from Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). But instead of some prophetic mumbo jumbo about human evolution, we are shown a bleak aftermath to the events of Singer’s two films and Brett Ratner’s Last Stand. Robots known as Sentinels have destroyed most of the mutant and human population, leaving only a few to fight for survival.

We meet up with some key returners, including Xavier, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Storm (Halle Berry), and Magneto (Ian McKellan), now fighting alongside his former enemies. The time travel aspect comes when Kitty sends Wolverine back to 1973 to stop an assassination that will ultimately lead to the dark future they live in now.

That’s when we meet up with the younger cast of 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Here, the younger versions of Xavier and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) are at odds. But the most tangible arc of the film comes from Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), who is behind the assassination that sends the future to hell.

Yes, it is just about the most complicated superhero movie ever made. But all the moving come together just about perfectly, leading to an edge-of-your-seat climax that rivals anything you saw in The Avengers.

My only real complaint is that the newest recruit, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), doesn’t find his way to said climax. His scenes early in the film are visually stunning and contribute to the popcorn tone that keeps this franchise in successful-summer-blockbuster territory.

Most of Days of Future Past is high on action and humor, but the emotional core of the film comes with the rich mythology that has been built upon since 2000. It’s odd actually, this entry would not have been nearly as rewarding had The Last Stand not been such a failure. The resetting the future plot works outside the story as well, this film being a potential reset for the entire franchise, which took some displeasing turns once Singer left after 2003’s X2.

But patient fans that have put up with the lesser films’ decisions will find a lot to love in this entry. Days of Future Past is a celebration of the entire X-Men franchise, telling a story that will most definitely entertain the casual viewer, but will deeply affect those that adore this world. There have been some hiccups since the franchise’s inception, but this film rivals the best of the bunch, X2, possibly even surpassing it. It’s the only other film to do so in this seven film series. Fans that are willing to retract their claws will be in for one hell of a treat. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

2 Responses to X-Men: Days of Future Past Review: A God Among Insects

  1. Definitely Not Hugh Jackman says:

    This was good, but it would have been better if they’d left in Wolverines big dance number.

  2. Definitely Not Halle Berry says:

    It was good, but the fact that they cut Storm’s epilogue where she opens a nightclub in Miami called “Stormy Nightz” was disappointing.

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