You know what my biggest gripe right off the bat with this movie is? Because Bryan Singer directed it, it just proves that if he stuck around for the third X-Men movie, it could have been amazing and not what Brett Ratner gave us in 2006.
After six X-Men movies whose plot lines don’t entirely line up all together, fans of the comics and the franchise in general have been treated to Bryan Singer (Director of X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003)) returning to the franchise to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and bring all of the prequels and sequels together with this sequel to a prequel that also serves as a sequel to the other sequels making said sequels prequels (It makes sense, trust me).
DOFP is based off a very famous comic arc for the X-Men in which Kitty Pryde AKA Shadow Cat sends her consciousness from a 2013 dystopian future back to 1980 (when the comic was written) to warn the X-Men of an impending war between Mutants and Mutant-hunting machines known as Sentinels; and all of this is set off by an assassination of a political figure. The only thing they really change from the source for this movie is Kitty Pryde’s (played by Ellen Page) consciousness sent back, instead she uses her powers to send back Wolverine’s (played once again by Hugh Jackman) consciousness to his body in 1973 (The end of the War in Vietnam), 10 years after the events of X-Men: First Class (2011); and the future in this film is 2023 instead of 2013.
I’ll just say it and I’m not afraid to: This is the best X-Men movie ever. DOFP indeed ties up all of the loose ends that this franchise had an answers all of the questions fans have had on their minds. It’s a very dark movie right off the bat as we see a grim look at the future as mutants and humans who helped them as they’re processed in what resembles concentration camps. But we also get to see a good amount of the X-Men from the original movies here and, as lame as this sounds, it’s just cool to see how they’ve changed. Whether it’s a different hairstyle, or a beard instead of clean shaven; it’s cool. Then, once the movie gets rolling and we go back in time to the 70s and catch up with a younger Charles Xavier AKA Professor X (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr AKA Magneto (Michael Fassbender) have been up to. Xavier is a broken man and we’ve never seen him like this before. The War in Vietnam took its toll on his school as students and teachers were drafted. It’s sad to see a man who has always been so full of hope and wisdom at by far his lowest point in the series. Now it’s up to Wolverine to bring him back… Which we all know isn’t really something Wolverine is used to doing. Meanwhile Magneto is being held prisoner in the Pentagon for committing a murder and… Well… He doesn’t stay there long.
For a summer blockbuster, there isn’t as much action as you’d think. There was one point where I was like, “Not a lot of action has happened yet… But I’m totally invested in this story.” That’s just proof that a good story beats good action any day of the week, and this is all thanks to the writers, which includes Matthew Vaughn, the director of X-Men: First Class. However nothing compares to the direction of Bryan Singer. Even with the opening credits. John Ottman returned to compose the theme from X2: X-Men United for the opening and I was sitting in my seat smiling like, “Holy crap that’s the X2 theme!” Which was perfect because it was Singers way of saying, “Move over, people, this is MY franchise, I started this, and I’m here to take it back and show you how it’s done.” And Hell, he sure did.
X-Men: DOFP is everything an X-Men fan wants, and deserves. It has an unbelievably emotional story about hope and the classical narrative of cause and affect. Everybody nails their parts, and you’d think after seeing Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and the other original casts members reprise their roles, that they haven’t left their characters behind at all in the past ten years. This movie makes me very hopeful for the franchise’s direction as seen in the post-credits scene, and I can say in full confidence, again, that this is the best X-Men movie to date.
Overall Rating: 9/10 – Awesome
It fits perfectly into the franchise, offers emotion, intrigue, and pays a great deal of service to the fans.
Also, one more note. Peter Dinklage is incredible in this movie as the founder of Trask Industries and developer of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask. Trask is not a dwarf in the comics, but it doesn’t matter because Dinklage is that good an actor. I love that he’s getting roles that wouldn’t immediately call for a dwarf to play solely because he’s such a good actor. Warms my heart, you know?
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