After the mixed reviews of 2013’s The Wolverine, and acting as a sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, Bryan Singer takes a break from being hated by the general public and brings us X-Men: Days of Future Past, and with it all the loved characters played by the most loved actors at present. All. In one. Film.
It’s the future. Things aren’t going great for the world in general. Mutants are being fought with some bad-ass robots that can adapt to each mutants’ skills and bring their defeat. Professor Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine (welcome back Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman), plus a considerable amount of friends from the previous films, are on it. It appears the only way to avoid the impending doom of Humanity is to send Wolverine back to 1973 to talk some sense into younger Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and imprisoned-under-the-Pentagon-with-no-metal-around Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and stop Mystique from killing gun-maniac Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage aka Tyrion Lannister), which would cause the gun program to go ahead.
So, how do you make money out of an established, and already explored mythology? Make the prequel rewrite the whole timeline! And you know what, we don’t really care. As with all films that dwell into time-traveling, some attention and effort is required to follow up the storyline, but not too much. Of course, any Marvel fan girl or boy that has seen the previous six installments will get an extra pleasure out of the film, but for people that only have a vague Sunday afternoon on TV idea of the X-Men world, fear not – the film is enjoyable by itself. McAvoy is excellent portraying the young, inconsequent Xavier and Fassbender needs to be aware, if he keeps being this good playing the villain, he’ll be typecast for eternity, and deservedly so. Other person that can’t exactly escape the shadow of previous performances is, obviously, Dinklage, but kudos for playing a character that has nothing to do with being a dwarf.
The film has plenty of action and funny moments, including the piss-taking out of the 70s (with the bonus of having Jennifer Lawrence involved in it) and every single moment with Peter/Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Honestly, do a spin-off already. For fans of slow-motion action sequences, you’re in for a treat when Peter helps Magneto escape the Pentagon at the sound of 1973’s Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce. Just for those brief expanded seconds, I believe we can forgive Singer for Superman Returns. Also, someone call Oliver Stone on the phone for a new theory regarding JFK’s bent bullet.
And yes, stay in the dark after the long, long credits. It will be worth it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in UK cinemas in May 22nd.