X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review; "Bryan Singer Has Finally Made A 5* X-MEN Movie"

We've all had our doubts and Quicksilver in particular has been a hot topic, but with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer has made perhaps the best movie in the franchise yet and one which certainly tops his previous efforts. Hit the jump for my spoiler-free thoughts!

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By Josh Wilding - 5/22/2014

As someone who liked but didn't love Bryan Singer's X-Men movies, I was very disappointed to learn that it would be him helming the follow-up to Matthew Vaughn's far superior X-Men: First Class. However, with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the director has proven that he is capable of making a 5* X-Men movie, and it's a movie which will deservedly find a place in many a Top 10 list of great comic book adaptations moving forwards. Perhaps the biggest issue with what has been called an "inbetweenquel" is Singer's decision to just pick and choose the elements he wants from both the comic books and the previous movies. No explanation is given as to why Wolverine has his adamantium claws in the future after the events of The Wolverine, while characters are conveniently killed off and powers are altered and played with simply to serve the plot. Instead of writing a story featuring the X-Men we all know, Singer and writer Simon Kinberg change them to suit themselves. It's lazy storytelling, but the unfaithful adaptation remains one of the best instalments of a unfaithful series of movies.

The plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past works, and the time travel elements are well explained and handled nicely. Though the future scenes all look a bit bland and Matrix-y, Singer does a mostly solid job of bringing the 1970s to life and the soundtrack is killer. While we only pick up with a few of the First Class cast members (the explanation behind where the rest are is extremely satisfying though), they're perhaps the best ones and Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence are all on top form here. Contrary to popular belief, this movie isn't the Wolverine show, and while he does play a prominent role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the relationship between Magneto, Professor X and Mystique is still very much the focus. New and old cast members alike are all very good in fact. Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask doesn't get the same sort of powerful material we've seen from the actor in Game of Thrones, but as a lead villain of sorts, Singer couldn't have found anyone better.

Bryan Singer seems to have finally mastered the art of delivering solid action scenes as well, and this movie contains some of the best fights from not only the X-Men franchise, but superhero movies as a whole. The special effects are top notch, although it's disappointing that Singer went for such a futuristic design for the Sentinels in both the past and future scenes. Sure, they look great, but seeing the classic designs would have been so much more satisfying and they would have worked a lot better in the 1970s. Again, the director seems to just want to do things HIS way, and that includes using technology which is ridiculously too advanced looking for that time period. Then again, Captain America: The First Avenger did the same during its WWII scenes, and in this type of universe, it's hard to be too critical about that. It's just a shame that the director didn't quite embrace this time period as much as Matthew Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class.

Perhaps X-Men: Days of Future Past's greatest achievement is what it sets up for the future by the time the credits roll. There's a possibility we could see two new franchises spinning out of the events of this movie, but it more importantly manages to make up for so many of the X-Men movies' past mistakes, and the last few minutes are immensely satisfying. At two hours, the movie flies by and it leaves you wanting more. It's obviously not clear whether or not Bryan Singer will return for 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, but I for one hope he does (and that's not something I thought I would ever say). Now, one thing that has to be mentioned here is just how great Evan Peters is as Quicksilver. Called "Peter" here for some reason, his scenes are actually some of the best, with a slow-motion sequence particularly incredible visually. He was a better choice than Juggernaut for Magneto's breakout, and it should be very interesting to see if Joss Whedon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson can now top this in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It perhaps doesn't top Captain America: The Winter Soldier as 2014's best comic book movie (so far), Bryan Singer's latest effort comes VERY close, and serves as a great way of washing away the taste left by the not so amazing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a much watch!


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McNyagano - 5/22/2014, 12:09 PM

Indy - 5/22/2014, 12:11 PM
Sounds Awesome I am getting to see it tonight can't wait!
0megaDaGod - 5/22/2014, 12:12 PM
I'd say X2 is a five star X Men movie but whatever

Can't wait
ekrolo2 - 5/22/2014, 12:13 PM
Totally deserves it, [frick]ing awesome movie.
Brainiac13 - 5/22/2014, 12:13 PM
Happy to hear!

In B4 the Trolls! :)
batz11 - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
Excited to see this...wonder if Gusto's Peter can still change?

Sure the name "Pietro" is owned by Marvel Studios so Fox had to change it to "Peter"...
DefcoN - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
Friday is the day. I have big expectations!
NovaCorpsFan - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
GoldenOne

How 'bout you don't spam the article with spoilers.
Starfox - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
@GoldenOne33

NOICE!!
MrMartinMarvel - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
Still not looking forward to seeing this, but when I do at least I'll know it won't suck.
write33 - 5/22/2014, 12:14 PM
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haha, what an awesome / accurate way to describe the Fox movies.....not that they are bad! but, maddening in terms of following the comics' continuity / stories
Omarvls - 5/22/2014, 12:15 PM
This movie was Amazing
Not better then TWS (Best CBM of all time)
I think Fox has planted themselves right in the middle of Marvel and DC/WB as shared universes we can't wait to see with this film

I can't wait for Apocalypse and Fantastic Four now

May of 2016 will be Ballistic

Batman v Superman "Dawn of Justice' (Epic Title)
X-Men Apocalypse
Captain America "Operation Rebirth" (Personal Title)
tumbler - 5/22/2014, 12:16 PM
@GoldenOne33 who is that??? I may get lashed for asking that...
ckal - 5/22/2014, 12:16 PM
The following review on RT is given 2/5 yet is listed as Fresh, not Rotten.


Conspiracy.


"After a chunky, [derivative] opening, Bryan Singer's return to the world of 'Mutants are people too, only better' settles into a '70s-style actor's showcase."
ckal - 5/22/2014, 12:16 PM
;)
Starfox - 5/22/2014, 12:16 PM
Apocalypse is Going to be DOPE!

Too many great movies coming out! I can't lol
niceguyeddie - 5/22/2014, 12:16 PM
I'm at 4.5

I think 5 star reviews are often misused
DanteSparda - 5/22/2014, 12:17 PM
Agreed with almost everything, except I liked X-Men: DOFP a little bit more than Cap 2.
Scorpion8125 - 5/22/2014, 12:17 PM
Fantastic!

And nice swipe at the Amazingly mediocre Spider-Man 2.

MrSuperheromoviefan - 5/22/2014, 12:17 PM
Sounds good
Mike89 - 5/22/2014, 12:18 PM
Looking forward to this!
ckal - 5/22/2014, 12:18 PM
X2 sucks. To this day I cannot comprehend how anyone thinks that movie is above 'average'. Certainly nobody who has been a X-Men fan reading comics for a long time. Not even that, but there is really nothing exceptional about it at all.
cipher - 5/22/2014, 12:19 PM
Yeah, so- who else is workin' on getting drunk at the moment?

Anybody?
PAF - 5/22/2014, 12:19 PM
Marvel already had dibs on Pietro. Fox knew this and wanted him so bad that they just named him Peter.
Negaduck - 5/22/2014, 12:19 PM
Good for Fox. If this is a good as everyone is saying than the studio will have a string of 3 good Xfilms in a row.

I didn't believe in this film after Vaughn dropped out, so it's good to read this review.
MercwithMouth - 5/22/2014, 12:19 PM
Josh, you're still a ______, but this review is a step in the right direction. Nice work.
TimL - 5/22/2014, 12:19 PM
A 5 star borefest I'd say. I totally expected more future fight scenes or atleast more fight scenes overall. It's all about Charles being a junkie and watching Wolverine sleep in the future.
McNyagano - 5/22/2014, 12:20 PM
"Perhaps the biggest issue with what has been called an "inbetweenquel" is Singer's decision to just pick and choose the elements he wants from both the comic books and the previous movies. No explanation is given as to why Wolverine has his adamantium claws in the future after the events of The Wolverine, while characters are conveniently killed off and powers are altered and played with simply to serve the plot. Instead of writing a story featuring the X-Men we all know, Singer and writer Simon Kinberg change them to suit themselves. It's lazy storytelling, but the unfaithful adaptation remains one of the best instalments of a unfaithful series of movies."

Amen to that brother. Not to mention the mishandling of the future mutants who did nothing that we really haven't seen before. Warpath took on Jaggernaut in the comics and here he's just there, he does nothing that makes you go HOLY SHIT. His powers were totally mis-interpretated. Why have Bishop, Sunspot, Storm and the other mutants if you're not gonna do anything special with them? Ice Man only uses ice slides once because of fan service. It was a waste but I agree with everything everything else. Despite pretty much under-utilizing some characters, the film is great overall. Poor X-Men film though.
Starfox - 5/22/2014, 12:20 PM
@Tumbler its spoilers so I won't post it in the Comment section. Check out that link.
SpiderFraud - 5/22/2014, 12:21 PM
Ramiel - 5/22/2014, 12:21 PM
Seeing it in 6.5 hours.

@Golden

So, Apocalypse is a female?
jj72 - 5/22/2014, 12:21 PM
Pretty much feel the same way about the previous Xmen Movies. They were ok but nothing spectacular. DOFP looks to change that.....pretty excited to see it now with the reviews starting to roll in.
BatManiac - 5/22/2014, 12:22 PM
Good review Josh. The movie was incredible!
AstonishingArachnid - 5/22/2014, 12:22 PM
This movie was awesome! I loved every bit of it. I had a few pet peeves but there's no movie I've ever watched which I thought was absolutely perfect. DoFP gets a 4.5/5 from me (no film is perfect). So far this year has been miles better than 2013. For me its; The Winter Soldier: 4.9/5 Godzilla: 3.5/5 DoFP: 4.5/5.
Maximus101 - 5/22/2014, 12:22 PM
I think that first class is the best xmen movie to date but it sounds like this one surpasses it! Excited to see this tonight at the midnight showing!!
Nubase - 5/22/2014, 12:23 PM
top movie, cbm of the year hands down, no one can convince me thats its not
batz11 - 5/22/2014, 12:23 PM
Yeah, that douche' bag Robbie Collin is back at it again, I knew before even looking he'd make this "rotten" -- 2/5. Just like Cap 2, but he actually rated Cap 3/5, but still gave it a "rotten" rating, this dude should just avoid cbms...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/10825791/X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-review-A-mess-of-mutants.html
charlie2094 - 5/22/2014, 12:23 PM
Great review, definitely agree!

Days of Future Past was fantastic! Never cared all that much for the previous X-Men films, other than First Class/The Wolverine, so wasn't exactly excited going into this.

Coming out of it though, super excited about where the franchise goes!
ckal - 5/22/2014, 12:24 PM
"Perhaps the biggest issue with what has been called an "inbetweenquel" is Singer's decision to just pick and choose the elements he wants from both the comic books and the previous movies. No explanation is given as to why Wolverine has his adamantium claws in the future after the events of The Wolverine, while characters are conveniently killed off and powers are altered and played with simply to serve the plot. Instead of writing a story featuring the X-Men we all know, Singer and writer Simon Kinberg change them to suit themselves. It's lazy storytelling, but the unfaithful adaptation remains one of the best instalments of a unfaithful series of movies."

This is part of the reason why the X-movies suck. These aren't the X-Men, these are Fox-Men; basically new characters instead of embracing what makes people love them from the comics.

[frick]ing hate it. I feel a similar way about Marvel's depiction of Thor.

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