Like many an X-Fan, X3 slaughtered any hope that the X-Men movies would be good again. Then X-Men: First Class restored a lot of my faith in the X-Men franchise, only for The Wolverine to come along and gut it again.
Now we have X-Men: Days of Future Past and oh, my, god. It’s been a very long time since I saw something so good that I watched it twice (I’m pretty sure the last movie was Pacific Rim) but Days of Future Past is so good, I already have plans to go watch it again.
In Days of Future Past, the future is a terrible place. Humanity has developed Sentinels (robots) which are designed to target the mutant gene, and have the ability to adapt to all of their powers. Mutants are getting wiped out and the only chance the X-Men have to save the future is to change the past.
- Great action scenes
- All-star cast delivers some really memorable performances
- Unexpectedly funny
- A really unexpected tweak to one of the major characters
- Quicksilver’s role in the film, and the scenes that he’s in, are just awesome
- There are some incredibly emotional moments in this film
- Interesting story that surprisingly makes sense (as far as time travel movies go)
- Undoes all the fuck-ups from all previous X-Men movies
- Introduces most of the key players for The Age of Apocalypse
- The sequence after the credits (holy shit I creamed myself)
- Oh yeah, Jeniffer Lawrence is basically naked this entire movie (sorry, I just had to throw that in there)
- And for the ladies you get to see Hugh Jackman looking even more ripped than in The Wolverine, and they even give you a shot of his chiseled butt
- Some slightly dodgy CG
- Some iffy dialogue
- The movie is more event driven than character driven, which means that it’s a little light on character development
- So good it makes me want to see the next one which doesn’t exist yet… screw you Days of Future Past!
The Amazing Spiderman 2 was fun, but disappointing, and Godzilla was a major let-down. So when Days of Future Past came along I was going “Fuck it. This movie will probably suck as well.” Thank God it isn’t just decent, but at this point is without a doubt one of my top 3 movies for this year. Not only was it an exceptional film in its own right, but it’s leading up to a storyline from the comics that was groundbreaking at the time. When the end of credits scene came along and I saw who it was, I was literally giddy with excitement. The movie itself was so good, and then they reveal… let me stop before I say anything that wanders into spoiler territory.
If you’ve seen the earlier X-Men movies but missed First Class, you may want to check out that movie first before seeing this one. It does follow on from that film so you may be a bit confused if you haven’t seen it. For those of you who have already seen First Class, call in sick to work tomorrow, skip school, or get out of whatever it is you have to do, because you need to see this movie as soon as possible.