Batmaniac Reviews X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-Men: Days of Future Past has finally arrived, but does it live up to the hype? Hit the jump to check out Batmaniac's thoughts!

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By BatManiac - 5/22/2014

As a fan of the X-Men film film series, I've been anticipating X-Men: Days of Future Past since it was announced, and I'm glad to say the movie hit all the right marks, and more.

For such an ambitious story, it's rather simple, making it easy to follow, but compelling nonetheless. The future is bleak for the X-Men, and to save their future, they have send Wolverine into the past, 1973 to be precise. The plot revolves around Wolverine helping broken Xavier get back on his feet, so he can prevent his old friend from making a mistake that will cost them their future.

Singer strikes a perfect balance between humour and serious drama. The movie is genuinely funny, but at the same time, it takes itself seriously. Kingberg's screenplay is fantastic, providing the audience with witty, yet realistic dialogue from the characters.

The incredible cast deliver some of the best performances in the genre thus far, with the main players, Fassbender, Jackman, Lawrence and McAvoy, bringing their absolute A-Game. McAvoy convincingly portrays a broken Xavier, which makes watching him get back on his feet on the more gratifying. Lawrence's delivers great performance as Mystique, who is now just as lethal Romjin's ever was. However, unlike Romijn's Mystique, we get to explore Mystique's character more, which provides us with an understanding as to why she does what she does, or intends to do.


Fassbender's performance as Magento is incredible. Fassbender perfectly displays Magneto's passion for mutant kind, as well as his villainous nature. Jackman, once again, provides another great performance as Wolverine. After years of playing the Wolverine, Jackman's performance feels more natural than ever.

The smaller stand out performances for me were Evan Peter's Quicksilver and Fan Bingbing's Blink. Quicksilver's setpiece was phenomenal, rivalling Nightcrawler's White House scene from X-2 as one of the most visually impressive setpieces in the genre. It was fantastic seeing Blink in action, who uses her portals creatively enough to provide for some thrilling action sequences.

The action sequences are superb. It gets brutal and has a lot of emotional weight to it, especially in the future segments. The Future Sentinel's are lethal killing machines who show no mercy, and are easily capable of overpowering the X-Men. Let me put it this way, The Sentinels would give Superman a run for his money. Yeah, they're that badass.

The new future mutants, such as Warpath, Sunspot, Bishop and Blink aren't developed that much, but they serve their purpose, which is to fend off the Sentinels to provide Wolverine enough time to save the future. However, I didn't really take issue with their lack of character development, due to the fact they're supporting characters that served their purpose to move the plot forward. Visually, it was fantastic to watch them work together, as the action sequences were very team orientated.


To be completely honest, I don't have a bad word to say about this movie. It's a fantastically written and directed movie, with stellar performances all around. It provides superb action sequences in a compelling story that's perfectly balanced with humour and serious drama. X-Men: Days of Future Past exceeded all my expectations, and ranks among the best instalments in the genre.

I score X-Men: Days of Future Past a well deserved 5/5!




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batz11 - 5/22/2014, 12:25 PM
Didn't read yet, is there spoilers? If not, I'll read :)
Mike89 - 5/22/2014, 12:25 PM
good review! haven't seen the movie yet, but i will be seeing it tomorrow when its out.

McNyagano - 5/22/2014, 12:26 PM
Great review man. Thumbs up from me;)
ndwwrestler2 - 5/22/2014, 12:27 PM
^ Honestly I just skipped to the score. Although seeing how it's written by Bats, I'm pretty sure it was a great review :)


This movie is getting major praise. Kind of sucks that I might have to wait until Saturday to watch this.

The anticipation is killing me.
Mike89 - 5/22/2014, 12:27 PM
My local theater has an early screening but its not until 10pm. ugh!

I have to go work tonight. :(
ndwwrestler2 - 5/22/2014, 12:27 PM
There isn't any spoilers right? I need to know before I start reading.
BatManiac - 5/22/2014, 12:30 PM
There's no spoilers! :)
ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:31 PM
batmaniac-this has been apretty good year for u, you have given positive reviews to all 3 superhero films thus far,hopefully guardians is good too so it can end the year for superheroes on a high for u :)
ndwwrestler2 - 5/22/2014, 12:32 PM
Ok good. Reading time then.
batz11 - 5/22/2014, 12:37 PM
Great read BatManiac...hope to see this tonight or tomorrow for sure...I'm concerned about the humor though, that can't exist in CBMs and still be taken serious, right? ;)
ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:38 PM
batz-ohhhhhhhhhhh batz....;)
ndwwrestler2 - 5/22/2014, 12:41 PM
Great review. I don't want to get too spoiler-y, but do Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart have much screen time?
Klone - 5/22/2014, 12:45 PM
Did not read. Thumbs up to get it on main however.
BatManiac - 5/22/2014, 12:46 PM
@Ezio

Yeah, I've enjoyed all 3 comic book movies so far. It's been a good year. I'm looking forward to GOTG. I think it looks great!

@batz

LOL! I think it works with the serious tone because the humour is mature. The humour is carefully placed, so it doesn't take away from the drama of the film.

@ndwwrestler

Majority of the movie takes place in the 1973. Future Xavier gets a fair amount, but Future Magneto doesn't get as much. The scenes they do get do are great.
BatManiac - 5/22/2014, 12:47 PM
Thanks for your support Klone.
ALegendaryPanda - 5/22/2014, 12:48 PM
Great review man! I'm seeing this tonight and I couldn't be more excited!
ALegendaryPanda - 5/22/2014, 12:49 PM
Oh and have a thumbs up from me as well :)
batz11 - 5/22/2014, 12:51 PM
Ha, ha...yeah, good to hear, though I'm definitely NOT one of the Humor-Nazis on this site :)
Marxman12 - 5/22/2014, 12:51 PM
Thumbs up! Great review.

My hope is Cable is included in Apocalypse and Bishop gets a bigger role.
Omarvls - 5/22/2014, 12:51 PM
Great Review

This movie was Epic
It made me ancy for Apocalypse
blackandyellow - 5/22/2014, 12:52 PM
Here's a thumb from me.

ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:54 PM
batz-humor is part of life at any stage whether it be as a child,adolescent or an adult and for people who say this film isnt serious or "grownup" i pity them if they take themselves so seriously
ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:56 PM
also .mannnnn.. we are already through 3 of the 4 superhero films of this year already..mannnnnnnnn...time is moving fast
BatManiac - 5/22/2014, 12:56 PM
@Everyone

Thanks for supporting the article.
ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:57 PM
batmaniac-no prob man....just keep being honest about your opinions and keep up wth those dexter gifs :)
ezio619 - 5/22/2014, 12:59 PM
EVERYONE!!!

THE AGE OF HYDRA IS OVER..NO MORE HAIL HYDRA...EVERYBODY CHANT..........EN SABAH NUR....EN SABAH NUR..EN SABAH NURRRRRRRRRR!!!
ralfinader - 5/22/2014, 1:02 PM
Good review, but a lil typo at the end:

"To be completely honest, I don't have a word to say about this movie"

looks like you are missing a word between 'a' and 'word'
McNyagano - 5/22/2014, 1:04 PM
@Batmaniac

No problemo;)
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/22/2014, 1:04 PM
Great review. I can't wait. I'll be going Friday night.
Nubase - 5/22/2014, 1:04 PM
apocylapse is coming
McGee - 5/22/2014, 1:07 PM
Cut the bullshit Batmaniac. Is it better than Baby's Day Out or not?



manofsteel1942 - 5/22/2014, 1:08 PM
UltimateHunt - 5/22/2014, 1:12 PM
I hate reading unless its interesting and well written. Your in a few I completely read the article. I will give you a applause gif but im in my phone lolz goood as review. Me reading your ENTIRE review thats a compliment (sounds stupid lol iknow but [frick] it thats me when it comes to long reviews, I will usually go all the way to the bottom for the final score nd verdict)
Great review
OstrichBane - 5/22/2014, 1:14 PM
Just got back from watching it and it was EPIC.
The fights were brutal and the suspense was intense.
Quicksilver FTW.
JillyMcBeam - 5/22/2014, 1:14 PM
@B&Y, I can't expect a Pittsburgh fan to understand what a good movie is.

UltimateHunt - 5/22/2014, 1:14 PM
Also, after this and captain america TWS and TASM2 (so far) what is top 5, top 10?
blackandyellow - 5/22/2014, 1:15 PM
I haven't even seen the movie. I was just busting Batmaniac's balls because he asked people to thumb it up.
UltimateHunt - 5/22/2014, 1:16 PM
I wonder if they acknowledge quicksilver parents or just hint it. mhmmmm
MrBlackjack - 5/22/2014, 1:19 PM

Damn fine review. I'll likely be seeing it Saturday or Sunday.
soforizo - 5/22/2014, 1:30 PM
Gives me the impression this review will give me more info that I want to know, so I stop reading it and jumped to the summary. Thanks for the effort though!
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