"X-Men: Days of Future Past" begins its theatrical run in conventional and 3D theaters across the country starting today.
There was more than a little doubt going into "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The uniting of the cast from "X-Men: First Class" and the casts from the original "X-Men" films was the biggest draw, but it was also difficult to get excited about Bryan Singer returning to the franchise when he'd given fans nothing but crap since he left. After "First Class," it seemed like this franchise had reached its peak. But as it turns out "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is one of the best superhero films to be released in this or any year prior.
In the future, Sentinels have destroyed the mutant race. The remaining few are barely able to survive. After testing the ability with Bishop (Omar Sy), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) sends Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) conscience back in time to the 70s where Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) attempts to get the funding he needs to complete his research on the Sentinels. With Magneto (Michael Fassbender) imprisoned and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) crippled by depression, Wolverine must find a way to unite the two to help alter the path Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is on to save all of human and mutant kind.
The writing of "X-Men: First Class" is phenomenal. The story is not only able to bring together this overflowing cast of characters, but it also blends the two timelines together in seamless fashion. It also throws in connections to the previous "X-Men" films that not only makes sense, but also explains every question you may have regarding the new film (like Xavier walking and Beast suddenly being more like The Hulk).
The humor is accentuated in comparison to "First Class." Maybe that has something to do with Singer returning, but Wolverine especially has more sarcastic one-liners than usual. The addition of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) was also questionable. The character was announced to be in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" first and the character was seemingly just thrown into the new "X-Men" film just to capitalize on the same buzz. But Quicksilver is a highlight of the film. The character is a hilarious prankster that adds some much needed lightheartedness and also delivers one of the most awesome scenes in the film.
As amusing, well-written, and entertaining as the film is, the film seems to be lacking that one big action sequence that wows or takes your breath away. The Quicksilver scenes are fun, there's a ton of creativity in the way Blink (Fan Bingbing) uses her teleporting portals, and what Magneto does with an entire stadium is fairly clever, but as much as the film resides on mutant death and expensive looking special effects it never has that one goosebump-inducing sequence that will keep you talking.
Even with its massive cast and its constant transitions between the past and the present, "Days of Future Past" is able to deliver a cohesively brilliant film that is sure to be entertaining for both comic book and movie fans. The contrast of humanity evolving to save itself versus the evolved human specimen clawing and fighting to continue existing helps drive the film into an even more satisfying experience. Dig out your favorite superhero cape or mask, the best X-Men film to date is upon us and oh my stars and garters is it good.