Movie Review: X-Men Days of Future Past *Light Spoilers*

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

In a dystopian future, robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants, as well as humans who harbor the genes that lead to mutant offspring. A small band of mutants manages to evade the Sentinels with the assistance of Kitty Pryde, who can project a person’s consciousness back in time to deliver warnings. Pryde’s group convenes with Storm, Wolverine, Professor Xavier, and Magneto in a monastery. They decide to have Pryde send Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from murdering Bolivar Trask, the creator of the original Sentinels. The assassination will make Trask a martyr, while Mystique will be captured and her DNA will be used by Trask’s followers to create advanced Sentinels that are near-invincible due to their ability to mimic and adapt to mutant powers. Xavier and Magneto advise Wolverine to seek out both of their younger selves for aid.
 
 
Cast:
Wolverine – Hugh Jackman
Charles Xavier (Young Professor X) – James McAvoy
Young Magneto – Michael Fassbender
Mystique – Jennifer Lawrence
Storm – Halle Berry
Beast – Nicholas Hoult
Kitty – Ellen Page
Bolivar Trask – Peter Dinklage
Iceman – Shawn Ashmore
Bishop – Omar Sy
Quicksilver – Evan Peters
Colossus – Daniel Cudmore
Blink – Bingbing Fan
Sunspot – Adan Canto
Warpath – Booboo Stewart
Magneto – Ian McKellen
Professor X – Patrick Stewart
Stryker – Josh Helman
Toad – Evan Jonigkeit
Havok – Lucas Till

 

3 Stars. Acceptable.

I honestly wasn’t in the mood to see this movie – I’m almost never in the mood to watch a movie, tbh. I’m really not a TV/Movie kind of person. I’m much, much more interested in books. Regardless of that, I ended up going to see this movie with some family members. I was a bit annoyed by this particular movie choice because I still haven’t gotten over my trauma from watching the first X-Men movie. “Do you know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning? [pause] The same thing that happens to everything else.” *shudder*

I thought the beginning was actually pretty good – the viewer is given a rundown on the current state of affairs: the world is in state of constant war in order to eradicate Mutants, Mutant Lovers and those who could give birth to a Mutant child. Considering that Mutantism is described as part of human evolution, the world’s population has been decimated and Earth has almost been destroyed. A little like overkill to me but you have to go with it.

The last remaining X-Men gather together to try and change the past – to stop the creation of the Sentinel program. Wolverine (my favorite!) is sent back to the past due to his healing powers. Wolverine’s goal is to gather young Professor X and young Magneto together despite their differences and together they would stop Mystique from killing Trask.

First, I just want to say that Peter Dinklage (Trask) killed his role: he was the perfect asshole genuis who refused to see the humanity in something different than himself. You could also tell that he was the kind of person who also looked down on everyone less intelligent than he – which is almost everyone else. I have to admit, throughout the movie I kept thinking, “How did he get enough time off from Game of Thrones to film a movie?!”

My favorite part of the movie was every scene with Quicksilver (Evan Peters). LOVED every moment of it. Peters killed his role, too. My favorite Quicksilver scene was the scene where he’s assisting in the breakout of Magneto from prison and is confronted by guards. It was a perfect scene.

The movie started getting a little slow and silly in the middle (for me) and through to the end. I thought the decisions that Magneto made – while allowing the director to team up young Magneto and Professor X but still stick to the original X-Men enemies storyline – were absolutely ridiculous. Ridiculous. Why in the world would Magneto try to kill Mystique directly in front of Trask?? What kind of dumbass sense does that make? And then he compounded the idiocy with the whole fight scene with Mystique and Beast in front of a crowd + news camera crews.

The ending was…a little easier than I expected so it wasn’t that satisfying for me. It just felt all weird. With that said, it was much, much better than the first X-Men movie and for that I am grateful. I was entertained. 3 Stars.

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