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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

131 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Marvel Entertainment/ Bad Hat Harry Productions/ The Donners’ Company/ Ingenious Media

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  5-23-2014

 

STARRING James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewwart, Ian McKellan

DIRECTED by Bryan Singer

The movie opens in a dystopian world of 2023 where the Sentinels are hunting the remaining mutants.  Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) are working together as they hatch one last plan to send the mind of an older Wolverine/ Logan (Hugh Jackman) back into the past of 1973 with the help of Kitty Pryde/ Shadowcat (Ellen Page) to stop Raven/ Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the creator of the Sentinels.    Logan wakes up in the past and he must convince a disillusioned Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to break out a young Magneto/ Erik (Michael Fassbender) out of the Pentagon with the help of Quicksilver (who is one of the scene stealing characters in the film) to help stop Mystique from killing Trask in Paris.  Their plan goes wrong when Magneto decides Mystique must be killed, but she escapes and Hank McCoy/ Beast tries to stop Magneto from killing her.   Their actions seem to keep the future of 2023 on course instead of helping to stop it.

 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST acts as a sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and the other X-MEN films resulting in an ambitious narrative and one of the best X-MEN films ever.   Michael Fassbender continues to be great while Bryan Signer directs his best X-MEN film to date.   It manages to blend history with the mutant storyline like the last X-MEN movie did.   It sets the stage for another X-MEN film (which is briefly teased at the end of the end credits) while creating a story that is good as or better than X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.  The team dynamic is even stronger in this film than it was in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and I hope they continue to build on that for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.  Other than that, the production design, characters, writing, and direction is perfect.  It is the best movie based on a Marvel comic this year so far (pulling ahead of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER).   They manage to bring together both casts while playing fan service to the various characters you never seen before like Bishop and Blink (who does some incredible things with her teleportation skills).    This X-MEN sequel is firing on all cylinders to deliver one of the best X-MEN films yet.   I’m excited to see what they do for thee next one.

 

This review is 5-25-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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