So far it has been one disappointment after another this summer movie season. It all began with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Memorials Day Weekend is now here and it brings us another comic book movie, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." This outing combines the cast of the original X-Men movie and those from "First Class" from a few years ago. This movie does not disappoint!
The future is bleak for all humanity, mutants and humans alike. Picture a world that was featured in the early Terminator movies. Robots knows as Sentinels have wiped out almost all living beings. The rest live in captivity. Some mutants, many former X-Men, still fight for our survival. A plan is hatched to send Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) conscious to himself in the past to help prevent the events that lead to the current apocalyptic future.
The first action sequence that takes place in a comic book movie will often set the tone on how the remainder of the movie will play out. For example the one that opened Spider-Man at the beginning of the month was pretty lame and the rest of the movie followed. The one that opens "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is one of the best ones ever put on film in an X-Men movie.
Director Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies returns to helm this feature. Fans will be pleased because this is by far the biggest X-Men movie created and he really delivers. Sometimes there are action sequences going on in both the past and future simultaneously and Singer balances the sequences well delivering some edge of your seat moments. He is a very well rounded filmmaker because while this is also a much darker chapter in the series, he also injects a lot of humor too.
It was an inspired idea to bring back cast members from both movie series and fans will not only enjoy seeing some of their favorite mutants return to the big screen, but take delight in getting to know some of the new faces as well. Before we mention any of the new mutants, Peter Dinklage who plays Dr. Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels deserves first mention and praise. Unlike other human antagonists in the film series who appeared to have an unrelenting hatred of mutants, Dinklage's Trask is more unassuming. He is a very focused man who believes he is just helping humanity out and has nothing personal against the mutants.
There are plenty of new mutants to get to know in this movie. Some of the more cooler ones include Blink (Bingbing Fan) and Bishop (Omar Sy), but the one who really steals the show is Quicksilver (Evan Peters). The character is also going to appear in the next Avengers movie, but played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It is hard to imagine Johnson doing a better job than Peters because the Quicksilver in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" easily steals all the scenes he is in.
Some moviegoers may have continuity issues because when we last saw Magneto (Ian McKellen). he no longer had his powers and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) was dead. The resolution of these topics are not explained in the new movie. To help defuse this confusion, and aren't you lucky you are reading this review in case you are, here is your explanation: Te very last shot in "X-Men: The Last Stand" shows that Magneto's powers were beginning to come back. Audiences are now sitting through the end credit sequences of Marvel movies expecting to see a little extra footage ever since Nick Fury showed up that way in "Iron Man." However, if you bothered to sit through the end credits of "Last Stand" you would see that Professor X did survive his encounter with Phoenix.
There are not too many complaints to be made against "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and the flaws it does have are mostly technical and some of those can be forgiven. In this movie people get shot and even stabbed but the results of those wounds bear very little bloodletting, if any at all. While this is hardly realistic, you can understand how the filmmakers did not want anyone gushing blood in fear of getting an R rating.
It was revealed recently in Entertainment Weekly that Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Mystique, had her time in the makeup chair cut down considerably because she wore a body suit instead of having makeup applied from head to toe on her. You can really notice the difference and it looks like she is wearing something rather than you believe that is her actual skin. Hopefully this will be addressed before any future X-Men films featuring her character.
The end credits reveal that the movie was converted into 3D during post-production. However, there were reports that the movie was going to be shot in 3D. The 3D effects are quite impressive in this movie leading one to believe that it was shot in 3D or it was an excellent conversion. Unlike the Disney Marvel movies, which usually do a terrible job converting their movies into 3D and thus not making it worth the extra money to spend to see it in that format, the effects here do enhance the experience.
It took more than a few weeks to start getting worthy summer movies to see. Comic book movies are now such a large part of the season and it is a relief that "X-Men: Day of Future Past" has helped give a reason to hit your local cinema during the long weekend. It is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.