Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (4 ½ *’s)

X-Men: Days of Future Pastis the latest installment in the X-Men series of movies from Marvel Comics. It is directed by Bryan Singer and stars the usual people as the X-men mutants: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier (older), James McAvoy as Professor Xavier (younger), Ian McKellen as Magneto (older), Michael Fassbender as Magneto (younger), Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven (younger) and many more. The main character is, of course, Wolverine who has his consciousness sent back in time in the hopes of thwarting a massive war against the mutants with a new, deadly technology.

 

The movie begins in the future where the mutants are on the run from killer robots which have been designed by the brilliant scientist Dr. Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage) and unleashed to wipe out all the mutants, good, bad, and indifferent. The robots have been designed with the capability to transform to counter any mutant’s ability whatsoever. That trait comes from and is based on Mystique’s DNA, obtained by the humans in 1973 when Mystique tries to kill Dr. Trask but is captured in the process. It is Wolverine’s goal to go back in time and stop Mystique from her assassination attempt. In such an attempt, he will need the help of both Professor Xavier and Magneto at the height of their rivalry. So, while the other mutants prepare to hold off the final onslaught of deadly robots, Wolverine prepares for his journey, a journey which will take him into his past to a time and place where he does not have his legendary adamantium skeleton. He is simply bone and flesh: still formidable, but not quite as indestructable as he’s used to.

 

Strengths: the acting was good, the plot was engaging, the special effects were great, of course, and the action non-stop. I remain impressed by James McAvoy’s performance; he does a remarkable job as the young Professor Xavier—not that anyone else had a poor performance, I just think Mr. McAvoy stood out. Weaknesses: I can’t think of any specific weaknesses in the film except a trace of confusion concerning how and why Wolverine’s consciousness plopped into the time and place that it did at the end of the movie; it wasn’t made fully clear, at least to me. Besides that, everything flowed well, and if you can accept the basic premises of the movie (mutants and time travel) it made an exceptionally well-crafted tale.

 

Overall, I’ll give X-men: Days of Future Pastfour and a half stars out of five.

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