Big fan? X hits the spot
COMPRISING the best characters of the seven- part franchise, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Ian McKellen’s Magneto and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, X- Men Days of Future Past is the ultimate X- Men film.
Through time- travel to the 1970s, it brings in their younger counterparts – whom we’ve already met in the excellent reboot X- Men: First Class – including James McAvoy’s jaded young Xavier, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
If that cast wasn’t good enough, there is the addition of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as the scientist you love to hate Dr Bolivar Trask, while there’s also an Aussie in the mix, with Josh Helman starring as the much younger Major Bill Stryker.
On top of that, the director of the first and best two X- Men films, Bryan Singer, has taken back the reins. So, no pressure to make this work.
But even with the high expectations and huge scale, X- Men: Days of Future Past hits the mark.
It’s one of the darkest yet most enjoyable films of the franchise since 2003’ s X2.
Adapted from the comics of the same name, the story picks up in a bleak dystopian future, where mutants and humans alike are hunted and killed en masse by robots called Sentinels.
To change the present, Xavier, Magneto, Halle Berry’s Storm, Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde and several other X- Men, both old and new, send Wolverine back to the ’ 70s. If he can change the course of history, he could alter all of their fates.
The plot is complex and at times confusing, but it is generally well executed by its superb cast.
And just as X- Men: First Class linked to the Cuban missile crisis, this time it cleverly references Vietnam’s major power players.
It’s dark at times, but X- Men: Days of Future Past is also actionpacked fun. Once Wolverine lands in the ’ 70s, there’s a lot of humour – mainly thanks to Jackman’s dry, deadpan delivery, visual ’ 70s gags ( flares, lava lamps and waterbeds) and the surprisingly funny addition of the lightning- fast mutant Quicksilver ( Evan Peters).
This is definitely a film for fans, with references to each of the previous X- Men films and a few cheeky inside jokes from the comics. You’re kept guessing right up to the end as to how it will all play out, but when it does it also leaves plenty of room for future franchises.
Remember to stick around for a post- credit sequence – an
Easter egg for the next movies.