X-Men: Days of Future Past
Running Time: 2 hours 11 minutes
Mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels have driven mutants to the edge of extinction and only a few pockets of resistance still remain. Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and the handful of surviving X-Men have one last hope of saving their species, but it is a true longshot. Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness is sent back in time to inhabit his body in 1973 in order to re-unite Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), so that they can stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from murdering a weapons designer (Peter Dinklage) who has killed and dissected hundred of mutants in an effort to create the ultimate weapon against them. The death of this man is the event that triggers the government’s launch of the Sentinel program and the end of all Mutantkind.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a very good telling of a classic comic book story arc. This story is rightly considered to be the creative apex of all X-Men comics, only rivaled by Jean Grey’s Dark Phoenix run (which wasn’t handled nearly as well in the movies). The major difference is that in the comics it is Kitty Pryde(Ellen Page) who goes back in time instead of being the conduit through which Wolverine makes the trip.
Bringing back Bryan Singer to direct this installment of the series was perfect as he has provided the most resonant tone in this franchise. He melds the original cast with the newer additions perfectly and is capable of making a gigantic movie feel intimate with his laser focus on the true nature of the characters and their motivations. The fact that you can understand Magneto’s righteous fury as clearly as Professor X’s dream of peaceful coexistence means the story is being told right. Dinklage continues his run of excellent work by infusing his fearmongering Dr. Bolivar Trask with just enough cold logic to make his arguments convincing. Lawrence’s Mystique is a swaggering badass who manages to have every man in the movie at her mercy in one way or another, and it shows a brand new facet of an actress who is quickly proving that there is nothing she isn’t capable of.
This movie is a very full 2+ hours with very little time wasted and my only hope is that we are able to see more of the new characters that got their first real screen time in this film, like Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Blink (Fan Bingbing), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto), Bishop (Omar Sy) and Warpath(Booboo Stewart). Ultimately, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an incredibly interesting story told with skill and purpose. A