X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart

Rated: PG-13 (sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language)

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.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past

By Matt Greene

I love time travel science fiction; however, I’m wary of sequels based in travelling to the past in order to wash away problems created in previous films. The storytellers need to have a strong sense of purpose, some stylish originality, and a good amount of self-awareness in order to pull it off (think Abrams brilliant “Star Trek” reboot). Luckily, Singer has nailed it with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Granted, it teeters on convolution and an over-abundance of comic-lore, but the story plays out gracefully and the characters are a blast. Add impeccable sound design and some top-notch scifi action, X-Men:DOFP is a tight and fun superhero romp.

X-Men:DOFP follows Wolverine, sent to the past by old Magneto and Professor X to meet up with young Magneto, Professor X and other X-Men in the 1970s, in order to stop an event that sets course for a world war that destroys all mutants and much of civilization itself….confused? Don’t worry, the Inception-like levels of plot are better focused within the film, and the emphasis is more on the socio-political themes of the first two X-Men: equality, weaponry, freedom. On top of this, the period piece look is outstanding, and the performances are great, especially Fassbender, Dinklage, and Jackman, who is a Godsend as Wolverine.

The ultimate selling point here is the action, which while a bit overly violent for its rating, is stellar, especially with some truly unique use of bullet-time slow motion. This helps us overlook the silly and unnecessary over-explanation and exposition spewing. With strong direction, impressive visuals, and taut enthusiasm, X-Men:DOFP is the best X-Men yet.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past

By Cole Schneider

Shortly after watching 2010’s “Inception” (a film I was not a fan of) I had a conversation with a friend who I think pinpointed one of my struggles. The film was only as strong as it’s weakest dream segment. “X-Men: DoFP” doesn’t have much in common with “Inception”, but as it jumps back and forth between future and past it shares the same core problem.

While “X-Men: DoFP” is not a terrible movie, it’s also clearly not very good. It’s occasionally funny, features some interesting performances, and has an intriguing time travel premise. It’s also incredibly convoluted, features so many characters that each of them becomes bland, and a tone that shifts senselessly throughout.

While the dialogue is clunky and forced and Jennifer Lawrence is clearly just there to kill time before her next Oscar chance, the major problem with the 7th X-Men film is that it’s grounded in setting where Wolverine is asleep and Professor Xavier and Magneto stand next to him watching nothing happen. Meanwhile some mutants we don’t care about fight off enemies outside.

The real plot, happening in the past is immediately hindered by this boring cypher, yet it fails on its own terms as Wolverine teams up with younger versions of the friends by his side to stop an enemy’s advance before it becomes too dangerous. I think Quicksilver’s character serves as a microcosm of the whole film. He shows up drawing surprising interest for several minutes and then disappears for the rest of the movie–in favor of what, a floating stadium?

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

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