[Movie Review] X-Men: Days of Future Past

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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From left to right: Young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The way that X-Men: Days of Future Past balances time travel, a huge cast, seriousness, and humor is nothing short of genius. Director Bryan Singer brings together just about every single actor and actress from the first X-Men over a decade ago to the most recent X-Men: First Class, in a dramatic tale where the mutants of the year 2023 struggle to survive against unbeatable robots called Sentinels.

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has his consciousness sent back in time by the older and wiser versions of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen), who have set aside their differences in order to save mutants from extinction. Upon “arriving” mentally in his younger body during the 1970s, Wolverine must convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to stop fighting one another, and help prevent the shapeshifting Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from setting a tragic chain of events into motion.

As the film cuts back and forth between past and present, Singer keeps the suspense high, the plot moving forward with unexpected twists and turns, and the action crackling with impressive visuals. Just when the breakneck pace threatens to exhaust you, the speed slows down for emotional scenes with McAvoy oozing “broken-yet-unbeaten”, Fassbender brimming with cold anger, and Lawrence electrifying with unpredictable wildness. Then, when Peter Dinklage busts out his evil genius routine as the Sentinels’ inventor Dr. Bolivar Trask, you can’t help but smile.

From start to finish, X-Men: Days of Future Past hooks you, tickles your funny bone, hugs your heart, and really challenges your brain with its complicated and serious story. Our final verdict? We give this film an “A+”.

Images courtesy of Marvel Comics and 20th Century Fox.