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!
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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