X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men is one of the most popular franchises in movie history, and for good reason. Not only is X-Men a brilliant Marvel comic with powerful story lines and complex motifs, but it boasts an increasingly famous cast of mutants. Newcomers in this film were Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, and James McAvoy.

Not only did the film do well in the box office, as all X-Men films do, it received critical acclaim as well. Bryan Singer is an amazing director, he is best known for, “The Usual Suspects” but has comic book to movie experience with previous X-Men films and Superman Returns. He does not disappoint with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The plot sets this movie apart from the rest.

The movie is set in the future, and rather believably so, where sentinels are on the brink of exterminating not just mutants but the humans who dare to assist them. The sentinels are robots that can mimic mutant mutations, so as soon as they are attacked by a mutant they absorb that power and can use it from thereon. There remains a few mutants in this future and we finally see Xavier and Magneto come together to fight their common foe. To do this, they must project someone into the past to stop this from ever happening.

Let the spoilers begin: [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]

Every X-Men movie has to have Wolverine. This beautiful predictability leads the writers to send Wolverine back to 1973 to stop Bolivar Trask, the creator of the sentinels, from being assassinated by Mystique. This event sparks a mindset for humans of us vs them. This is another subtle but not preachy X-men motif pulled off with flawless execution.

X-Men movies are not going anywhere, they make too much money, and the market is too big. The other good news for X-Men fans is that there is 40 years worth of stories, and Hugh Jackman is as timeless as Wolverine.