Plot – The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Director – Bryan Singer
Released – 2014
By the time Days of Futures Past had come out, the X-Men franchise had been overshadowed by both Marvel and DC’s franchises, however, being relegated to third place in terms of stature and the quality dropping with the latter two films in the original timeline, hadn’t stopped Fox from spawning two different X Men cinematic universes, with this the seventh X-Men movie to come out since 2000.
As mentioned above, the quality of the original timeline had dropped significantly since the first X Men movie, but rather than taking the easy route and rebooting the series, Here they attempted to reconcile both timelines while also tying up the remaining loose ends created in X-Men: The Last Stand. The resulting film may feel a little jumbled, packed with a lot of different characters and multiple actors playing the same characters at different ages, which is to be expected with a film involving time travel as a major plot point, but surprisingly Singer somehow managed to do a good job.
One thing that has been excellent throughout the X-Men films is the effects and once again the makeup artists and special effects artists smash it out of the park, with all the character designs and powers wonderfully realised on screen and hold up excellently against the other Marvel movies, including The Avengers.
Another of the excellent aspects Days of Future Past that continues from the previous films is the exceptional performances from the leads, with McAvoy and Fassbender one again bring charm and charisma to their portrayal of younger more tortured versions of Charles Xavier and Magneto, which made Stewart’s and McKellen’s portrayals of these same characters feel all the more weighted.
The rest of the fan favourites returning from previous films were great. Jackman further proves that Wolverine is a character that was seemingly written for him, while Lawrence as Mystique was given the chance to expand the role beyond what was shown in the original films, through a series of poignant scenes, with the story hinging on her actions and sets up her character for bigger things in future movies. With such an expansive cast it was great to see that all were given enough screen time to shine.
Perhaps the film may be a little light on the action for some fans, however, it was great to see them make an effort to tie up loose ends and link timelines in an engrossing manner that streamlined the series and perfectly set it up for further instalments.