X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

446823-x-men-days-of-future-past-box-office-report-memorial-day-weekend-pusheWhat happens when you create a successful saga, finish it, then start a new saga that is equally successful but is set in a different time period? Well, you make a time travel film, of course!

Time travel, though, is a concept that can go horribly wrong, but X-Men: Days of Future Past manages to handle it quite well. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the McKellen-Stewart and Fassbender-McAvoy combos in the same film? Plus Hugh Jackman? Plus everyone else from both sagas?

For the uninitiated, this movie would be impossible to understand. Not to treat it as something that profound, but this is, after all, the seventh film overall: there is already a mythology behind it that is required to understand and care about the story.

x-men-days-future-past-kitty-pryde-icemanThe plot is very straightforward: Wolverine’s consciousness needs to be sent back into his 1973 to prevent Raven (Mystique) from killing military scientist Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), because if she kills him, she will get caught and her DNA will be used to create the Sentinels, the mutant-hunting robots that are causing the present-day war.

As expected, the beginning is slightly confusing, but as soon as Wolverine travels back to the 1970s, the action goes smoothly. The biggest task is to get back together Charles (McAvoy) and Erik (Fassbender) who, as Professor X states, are going to have to work “side by side at a time we couldn’t be further apart.” And so the adventure begins.

The budding chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender is enough to carry the whole film, although there should be a special mention to the brief appearance of Quicksilver, to whom some of the funniest gags belong.

Of course, an endless number of actors from both sagas show up again, making fans melancholic –especially the appearances of the members of the original X-Men.

Needless to say, this film changes the entire plot of those original movies, but I guess that does not matter anymore, right? The only thing left to do is see what happens in the final instalment. I cannot wait. And more bromance scenes, please.

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

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That slow-motion scene with Quicksilver was one of my favourite parts by far, so out of nowhere and charming. Aaron Taylor-Johnson better be ready to top it.

Third movie: what happens to Magneto? Fassbender will be back, right? RIGHT?

Dinklage’s charisma was enough to make me not hate him. It is materially impossible.

Best plot-twist possible: the JFK revelation.

Beast acting as Wolverine’s new Cyclops (the dynamics of their relationship) was adorable and hilarious at the same time.

Thoughts from that plane scene: Is Michael Fassbender’s voice morphing into Ian McKellen’s?

As always, fitting score. Congrats, John Ottman –he also composed X2.

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6 thoughts on “X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

  1. Eilidh

    So do you think they’ll start the whole saga again? Will Jean turn into Phoenix in the same manner?! I thought it was okay, but in terms of story it was never going to measure up to the Avenger movies in my humble opinion. It was entertaining, and the Quicksilver stuff was hilarious. Good review 🙂

    • Virginia Cerezo

      The Avengers films are clearly superior in quality and script, but I must say the new X-Men movies are not being dissapointing. The next one will still be set in the past, with the things that now Logan can’t remember. It’ll be interesting, and I guess they will include the present day characters for some scenes.

    • Virginia Cerezo

      My guess is the things from the original ones happen, but somewhat different (without the hatred from humans and such). Quicksilver was priceless 😛

  2. I saw this movie two consecutive weekends in a row. The last time I did that was in 2008, when I saw The Dark Knight on two consecutive weekends. I love this film, and McAvoy was amazing as Prof. X. I’ve never been a fan of his, but he really impressed me in this film.

    I also love McAvoy and Fassbender together. They’re so great, I would watch them do a movie about filing taxes. I really would.

    And as you said, it’s amazing to think of how terrible this film could have been, and how well it turned out. I certainly hope that Transformers: Age of Extinction does not supplant it as the highest grossing film of the summer.

    Oh, like Bruce Dickenson and the cowbell, I could have used a little more Quicksilver.

    • Virginia Cerezo

      I agree with everything you said. I could watch 3 hours of McAvoy and Fassbender playing chess and it would still be better than a lot of films (including Transformers 4 -and I haven’t seen it).

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