Big fan? X hits the spot

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - CARIS BIZZACA

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.

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