X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) directed by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg. Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
Synopsis: The story begins in a dystopian future where mutants are fighting antagonistic robots called Sentinels. Their main purpose is to destroy mutants and human beings who possess the genes to carry on the mutant race. A small band of mutants including Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Bobby Drake/Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) fight the Sentinels. This is when we see their true destructive abilities. After successfully eluding the Sentinels, they converse with Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and Magneto (Ian McKellen). They decide that in order to prevent the eradication of mutants and to prevent this dystopian world, they send Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973. This is to prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) murdering Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the creator of the Sentinels as her DNA is used to give them their abilities. Wolverine will seek help from the likes of the younger Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to assist him.
I was quite impressed with this instalment of the X-Men franchise. After watching X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), I was quite disappointed with the way the trilogy ended. However, after watching X-Men: First Class (2011) and the latest Wolverine (2013) movie, I feel the franchise has been invigorated. There are a number of reasons as to why I found this latest instalment enjoyable.
Firstly, there is a lot of humour in this movie. One great character for comic relief is Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters). The way he uses his superhuman speed is very comedic, and compliments the story well. The majority of this occurs when they try and break Magneto out of prison. Wolverine also has numerous funny one liners as usual which introduces some comedic elements to the story. He was always my favourite character growing up, and Hugh Jackman seems to play this character effortlessly.
Peter Dinklage plays antagonist Bolivar Trask well, and is the paradox of his Tyrion Lannister character in Game of Thrones (2011). This really secures him in the top flight of television and movies.
With regards to the story, Mystique has been made the main focus. She is of extreme importance due to her genes holding the key to forming the deadly Sentinels, and is also the object of Professor Xavier’s/Magneto’s affections. This was also part of the last instalment’s story.
This movie ticks all the boxes for me because it not only has a good storyline, but also involves all of the integral X-Men characters without feeling too crammed. I felt that with X-Men: The Last Stand, there was so much going on which was detrimental to the storyline. However, this does not happen with this movie. This also appeals with its nostalgic elements because we gain insight into Professor Xavier’s mutant academy, and see all of the initial characters from the original movies. This really brought that element of catharsis which I felt the series needed. I urge anyone to check this movie out as you will not be disappointed.