Over the Memorial weekend, Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" took the world and box office by storm. The movie is estimated to have earned a little over $300 million worldwide.
Director Singer, despite his personal legal troubles, takes the reigns again. He is able to satisfy fans of the comic books and general audiences alike. After the previous movies, audiences have an idea what to expect yet this sets the stage for all the movies to follow.
An all star cast headlines including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, and other familiar faces. Many of these actors return in their pre-established roles and new actors/characters fit in perfectly to the ensemble.
"Days of Future Past" offers a welcome relief for comic book fans. Although not a fan myself, up until the recent Marvel studio movie successes, it's amazing to read into the rich history that has been set out for these movies to fall in line with. Comic book fans know there history and it helps keep the movies both entertaining and crowd pleasing when they follow the already determined story lines as closely as possible. It makes sense to not deviate too radically so that you don't alienate fans and it ensures that future movies have a clear direction to go.
The movie opens in a near future in a destroyed world filled with robots we learn are called Sentinels creating "order" and irradiating mutants. The "X-Men: First Class" crew is attempting to defend and defeat as many as possible. Kitty (Page) has the ability to project a person's consciousness into the past, where the "First Class" crew attempts to escape an attack. Coming back to present day, they must find a new location to fight from and others who will help.
Logan/Woverine, Professor Charles Xavier, Magneto decide the only way to end the war and destruction of the mutant race, ultimately the world, is by venturing back to 1973 where it all began. Logan the only one capable of making the trip is tasked with going back finding the young professor and a detained Magneto reunite them and stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask, the scientist and creator behind the Sentinels. This must happen in order to change the worlds future and hopefully save them all from destruction.
Although I did not see this movie in 3D, I imagine it would be quite impressive. The impressive visual effects, namely the scene with Quicksilver as they attempt the break out of Magneto, when he must stop a room full of cops and their bullets from killing them so they can break free. Moments like this and others scattered throughout, merge all the successful elements of this movie the visual effects, plot, humor and action.
This movie draws surprisingly well on the emotion heart strings of the audience as we struggle with the torment of the young Professor, Mystique (Raven) and at times even Magneto. These characters bring out the true human emotions in us all as they fight for survival, understanding and what they believe is right.
There are fun, interesting Easter eggs throughout the movie as well, which you can find through various Google searches, if you missed them in the movie. The line as Quicksilver breaks out Magneto who says "that he can control metal, [Quicksilver] says that his mother used to know somebody who could do that," stating the obvious father and son link. The Magneto and Wolverine scene when Magneto runs metal rods through his body, apparently is mirroring that of the comic book drawing. Of course there are many more that can be found by reading the IGN article. This helps to learn a bit about the movie and the comic book, but if you haven't seen the movie yet, there are spoilers so beware.
Like all comic book movie, this works on multiple levels and creates appeal wider than just the comic book fans. These movies stun visually and provide a relate able story (even if our world doesn't actually have a mutant race), it's about the differences in one another and living together without destroying each other and the world.
Like all Marvel movies, be sure to stick around for the clip after the ending credits. This clip provides a glimpse of the enemy for the next movie due out in 2016 entitled "X-Men: Apocalypse". No matter if you are a comic book fan, fan of the movies or you just want to see how far Marvel can intersect their universe, we will all be awaiting the next franchise installment. With the way the studio is creating hit after hit, one thing seems certain it will be poised to claim the number one box office spot and hopefully bring in an even better opening than it's predecessor.