Being a fan (though not a huge one) of X-Men film sequence, there was no way I could skip X-Men: Days of The Future Past. Being a movie geek and hearing all the buzz being created around the film, there was no way I wouldn’t sit down and write a review of it, especially after so many people praised this movie so much. I personally have quite mixed feelings about it, so I decided to sort them out in this post.
Don’t get me wrong, there many things about this movie that make it great. First of all, I was very happy to know that Brian Singer finally returned into director’s seat for the X-Men series film. The last movie Brian directed for the franchise was X2: X-Men United, which by the way still is my personal favorite of the whole film series. Also, this was probably Hugh Jackman’s best Wolverine performance ever since that movie as well. Hugh is jacked as never, alive and kicking, even though he get’s most of the screen time as usual you don’t get tired of seeing him fight bad guys and raging out.
The performances of both James McAvoy (young Xavier) and Jennifer Lawrence (Raven) also deserve a special notion. I’m not sure how genuine were all the tricks that Lawrence had to do in the film (meaning how much of the jumping she did herself (my guess would be not much, since she such a big fan of pizza)), but acting of those two was definitely at the top, making the characters more believable. I’m not a big time comics fan, in fact I’m not one at all, but from from my perspective almost all of the characters present in the film were quite well developed.
A strong character, surely noted by everybody was Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters). Peters managed to put life in this alive and charismatic character, which was supplemented by a great Magneto escape scene, which was the character’s culmination in this film. Speaking of CGI, it was great throughout the whole movie – not too much and always mixed with live-action scenes.
Now, I want to talk about things I wasn’t too thrilled about. First of all, my main complaint about this film is Charles Xavier being alive again without any explanation. Let’s not forget, that this film is not a sequel to the film X-Men: First Class, but it is also the continuation of original film trilogy, that ended with X-Men: The Last Stand, where Professor X dies from the hands of Jean Grey. The return of old Xavier ( played by Patrick Stewart) in Days of the Future Past was never explained to us, but I guess it’s really hard to keep everything in mind when creating a plot so complicated. Also, HOW DID HE BECOME BALD? Professor’s paralyzed legs were explained in First Class, but never the baldness and personally, that a detail I’m dying to know about. Hopefully X-Men: Apocalypse, the next movie of the franchise planned for 2016, will clear out that part a bit more.
Another thing I didn’t like so much were many notable characters that had their presence in the film, but were given way too little screen time. I’m talking about Storm (Halle Berry), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Bishop (Omar Sy) and of course older versions of Professor X and Magneto. Despite I’m not happy with the amount of screen time they got, I can easily explain this director’s move with the fact that these characters were shown a lot in previous films of the franchise and now it is time for the new actors to take over. From the new characters, I think Quicksilver should have played a bigger role in the whole operation and it seems a bit far fetched that they let him go after he releases Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from the Pentagon prison – yeah he’s a kid, but wouldn’t he be just a little bit useful for the rest of the film too, considering the do-or-die situation?
The last thing that captured my mind is actually quite and important one, and it is the persona of Bolivar Trask. Portrayed beautifully by Peter Dinklage, this character still leaves a lot to ask about and I personally think he is the most undeveloped character of the film. That has nothing to do with Mr. Dinklage’s work, who I think could play Kobe Bryant and still be persuasive, but rather with the script. Yes, he is the main protagonist of the film, but why does he hate mutants so much he wants to destroy them all? What is his story? William Stryker had a wonderfully explained background, but Trask – we know basically nothing about him. Again, maybe the next film will clear this out a bit more.
So there you have it, I lay down all the positive and negative parts about this film I could see and it’s up to you to decide what you think of it. All I can say is that if you’re a fan of X-Men film series, this movie is definitely worth spending your precious time for, but it can also be very entertaining if you know nothing about X-Men universe whatsoever, so go ahead and watch it.
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