The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
The X-Men movies are usually seen as the first series of comic-book-based movies to properly introduce the general audience to the world of superheroes at the beginning of the 21st century. The first two films in particular, X-Men (2000) and X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), laid the groundwork for all future superheroe movies that would come later, with some even bettering those two pioneering X-Men films. The latest addition to the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, builds on that history and delivers a terrific motion picture that easily makes it the best X-Men movie to date and one of 2014’s standout motion pictures.
Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2: X-Men United) once again demonstrates how deeply he understands these characters and knows how to showcase them in a strong and gripping manner that provides great entertainment. Working with a wonderful, smart, and witty script written by Simon Kinberg, Singer’s controlled pacing throughout the film really makes the action standout whilst also giving a lot of attention towards building the diverse characters especially in major scenes such as the Quicksilver sequence, the battle at Washington D.C., and the epic final showdown. Singer also brings back the eclectic ensemble cast that has helped elevate X-Men: Days of Future Past to greatness. Returning acting talents – Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto) – in addition to the newcomers – Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask) – play their respective roles extremely well and seamlessly establish the emotional connection with the audience, something that many superhero movies have failed to do. All of these aspects clearly show a director at the top of his game. Simply superb work from Bryan Singer.
One of the most powerful themes I have found in the X-Men movies is how being different could make one an outsider amongst his or her society because their community is not used to something so unfamiliar. This is a very strong theme that all the X-Men films have explored but X-Men: Days of Future Past takes things a step further and gives us a profound narrative that stays with us long after the credits roll. It is not only the best X-Men movie to date, but also one of the best superhero movies ever made. It is right up there with the genre’s greatest – The Dark Knight Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, and The Avengers – as it does what these classics have done so well; it surpasses the confines and limits of the superhero genre and becomes something much, much more. X-Men: Days of Future Past has that right mix that makes it a film that all movie-goers can strongly feel, experience, and respond to. An exceptional piece of cinema that needs to be seen by everyone.
- Hugh Jackman (as Logan / Wolverine)
- James McAvoy (as Charles Xavier)
- Michael Fassbender (as Erik Lehnsherr)
- Jennifer Lawrence (as Raven / Mystique)
- Ellen Page (as Kitty Pryde)
- Peter Dinklage (as Dr. Bolivar Trask)
- Evan Peters (as Peter / Quicksilver)
- Ian McKellen (as Magneto)
- Patrick Stewart (as Professor X)
2 hours and 11 minutes
Action / Adventure / Superhero