X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Running Time: 131 minutes
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence
Following up to X-Men: First Class, this time we’re brought into the year 2023 where the Sentinels, robots that were created for the purpose of hunting down mutants are attacking both mutants and humans. As a last resort, Professor X (Stewart) and his team decides to go back in time, back to 1973 to change things. Kitty Pryde (Page) sends Logan (Jackman) back in time as he is the only one who could withstand the harm. So, Logan must now convince the young Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik (Fassbender) to join forces and help convince Mystique (Lawrence) from committing an act that will ultimately change the course of both mutants and humans in the future.
What’s ultimately so great about this film, aside from being a great summer blockbuster, is its ability to supersede its predecessors. First Class did a wonderful job in reviving the franchise, and Singer did an amazing job to surpass the expectations by creating an even greater comic book film, filled with action, explosions, CGI effects, humor and a great storyline. It was not only entertaining, but also inspiring, just as comic books have been to its readers. The cast of both the older franchise and the current one were reunited to create an exciting film for the fans, and in some ways reinventing the course of the X-Men franchise. It was exciting to see some of the cast reprising their roles, from Patrick Stewart to Ian McKellen to Shawn Ashmore to Halle Berry. It was definitely a star-studded film. There were also a few newer characters introduced in this film such as Quicksilver played by the talented Evan Peters, Blink portrayed by Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Peter Dinklage as Trask, and many more. James McAvoy did a great job in reprising his role as the young and vulnerable Charles Xavier, and Jennifer Lawrence once again proved to the world, she’s more than just your average actress.
The visuals were stunning and impressive throughout the film, except for a few scenes in particular where the CGI was just a tad bit unbelievable. However, the wittiness of the characters was still going strong in this installment.
It is a wonder how the writers are planning to up the game for the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse. Overall, Days of Future Past did an amazing job to raise the bar from the previous films, reviving the series once again, and it’s definitely a great entertaining summer blockbuster.
Rating: 7 out of 10