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.
The 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
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.