X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

(2014)

Time-travelling storyline brings together the two X-Men universes created by directors Bryan Singer (X-MenX2) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy reprise their roles as Professor Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender will return as Magneto. Halle Berry and Ellen Page from Singer’s trilogy and Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult from Vaughn’s film also star. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage will play the main villain.... More

Based on Marvel's 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.Hide

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With Bryan Singer returning to the X-Men series and the film tapping into one of the comic books' most well-regarded storylines (written and drawn by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the guys who made the X-Men cool), X-Men: Days of Future Past represents the franchise's best opportunity for something special in a while.... More

The resulting work does a pretty nifty job of tidying up the series' convoluted and contradictory chronology, and features a couple of pretty cool set-pieces, but it's not the triumph it was surely designed to be.

Despite the ambition of the time travel story, the narrative feels narrow. The epicness is stated rather that shown, and the world created consequently feels a bit small. The films' treatment of the Mystique character has always veered away from the source material, but it's hard to see her centrality here as anything more than a reflection of Jennifer Lawrence's rising star.

Evan Peters makes am impression as Quicksilver, but he checks out of the movie early on, suggesting that he was perhaps a last-minute addition. The awe-inspiring set-piece focused on his super-speed abilities is the best thing in the movie, and nothing that happens afterwards lives up to it.

X-Men: Days of Future Past veers between interesting and insipid for much of its running time. Singer's affection for the characters is clear, but the script is mostly sombre platitudes, and lacks the critical playfulness that Joss Whedon brought to The Avengers.

Could've been much worse though.Hide


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BY Colttany superstar

Hubby & I loved this film. We had recently watched all the X Men & both Wolverine's before going too see it. Its a fantastic film. Will watch again. Love Marvel Films & comics


BY flapper123 superstar

First film that I have seen from this franchise. I thought the storyline plot was brilliantly slotted into the right places and scenes that kept the flow of the film going and kept me enthralled. I also noticed that where there were scenes with lines seldom been spoken was made up for in the characters actions, facial expressions and settings. I am thinking of Halle Berry who had few lines in this movie but made up for it in actions and expressions.

Overall the acting performances by all the... More cast members was excellent.Hide


BY GrahamP superstar

This is a complex story to try and turn into a movie because of the number of super heroes involved.They did well explaining the story to the viewer as it is set in the future and the past.It all works and holds together well but does focus more on the heroes rather than involving the surroundings.


BY Lythys grader

Letting aside some of my comics-reader expectations (The Wolverine versus Kitty Pride), I enjoyed this one as I thought I would never enjoy a X-Men movie anymore.
All I wish now is for them to keep it this way.


BY JackWallace superstar

Years after directing X2, Bryan Singer returns for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the most ambitious, complex X-Men film yet. Perplexing strangers to the X-Men universe. Catch up on your mutant knowledge before watching this one. For the fans, Days of Future Past is incredibly entertaining. The movie opens in a Terminator 2: Judgement Day type future where the world has been taken over by the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to destroy the mutants. Just like every other X-Men movie, the plot is... More Wolverine-centered. It's hard to call that a negative, because Hugh Jackman plays the character with such perfection. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are legendary as Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Yet James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are just as terrific playing the younger Professor X and Magneto. Despite not having much screen time, Quicksilver stole every scene he was in. Jennifer Lawrence nails it as Mystique. Peter Dinklage is great as Dr. Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. The storytelling is invigorating. The action is exciting, leading up to a destructive climax. X-Men: Days of Future Past is exhilarating superhero escapism. Next up, X-Men: Apocalypse.Hide


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