Review #463: X-Men – Days of Future Past

The most ambitious, if not the best X-Men film so far

To create an amazing follow-up is one thing, but when you’re also simultaneously correcting past mistakes, that’s unheard of in a franchise. ‘Days of Future Past’ is not a direct sequel to First Class, at least for me. It’s an entry that stands on its own, the glue that allows all the X-Men films to co-exist, while at the same time creating a new past that wipes out most of the maligned events in X-Men: The Last Stand (X3, if you’re counting).

The film’s story was tightly-written, knowing that a change in history could cause several continuity problems. Indeed, director Bryan Singer and his writers deserve so much praise for making it all work. Not only does X-Men 7 repair the past, it rejuvenated the franchise completely. I for one will no longer be treating X-Men: Apocalypse as just another sequel.

Dealing with time and time-travel has its problems though. There’s bound to be some plotholes and DoFP is not exempted. Questions will arise such as how the old Professor X was able to survive after his apparent death in The Last Stand. Avid fans would point out the end credits scene in X3, but after 8 years I can hardly recall it. But in the end, does it really matter? No. In fact these are questions you’ll more likely raise AFTER watching the film as you’ll be too caught up with what’s going on with the mutants.

This leads us to the stars. You can’t go wrong with a cast as awesome cast as this. An amalgamation of the past and present elevated this project to a higher level. Both actually play on equal footing, with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender proving they’re just as good as Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Other actors impressed as well, such as the returning Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) and newcomers Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Peter Dinklage (Dr. Trask).

I won’t be able to mention every mutant (Blink, Storm, Beast, etc.), but I enjoyed their appearance just as much. Having so many people involved surely made the action much more exciting, and it never went over-the-top. For every second of action there’s a corresponding moment of exposition. The narrative is just as intriguing as the effects, and that’s what makes this superhero film different. It has everything balanced out and once you embrace its ambitious intentions the more you will enjoy. It may be the best X-Men film yet, I think. And even if it isn’t, it’s still an incredible film on its own.

GRADE: A-

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