X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

For all of you comic book fans out there: we have a winner. Up until now, The Avengers was my favorite super hero movie, followed by Man of Steel and Iron Man, but now we have X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it is nothing but 2 hours 12 minutes of awesome.

After the war with the Sentinels, the X-Men, and the humans who supported them, are facing extinction. However, Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) comes up with the idea to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time and stop this whole thing before it ever begins. But to do so, Wolverine must seek  the help of a younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), so you can expect a lot of trouble along the way.

When it comes to huge franchise installments, a lot of movies are bound to overlook a lot of enjoyable details and bring you a basic story that lacks creativity. And that’s one of the reasons Days of Future Past shines: it’s worked out to the last detail, it’s so creative and imaginative, and the movie is something you haven’t seen in the franchise before. Another reason as to why I loved this movie so much is the fact that being owned by Fox, X-Men did not follow in Marvel’s trail and did not become a Disney movie. It’s dark, violent, and most importantly, mature: you have no clichés and cheesy drama, no lame jokes that try to ease up the tension. And in fact, you wouldn’t want the drama to be interrupted, because it was so decently put together I even enjoyed the very emotional scenes.

However, those were not the only scenes I enjoyed, as the fights with the Sentinels (future timeline) were outstanding (mainly because of Blink’s portals). Also, one of the most entertaining scenes was the one where everything slows down so we can see the world from Quicksliver’s point of view. That was pure brilliance.

To complete Bryan Singer’s work with directing the movie and Simon Kindberg with writing it, the cast pulled a neat job portraying their characters. And for anyone who might say that introducing so many characters in a single movie would lead to many being underdeveloped, I say every character was developed enough to appease the role he played in the story. Besides, anyone who actually reads X-Men comics wouldn’t need many details to identify the mutants.

And of course, being the huge Magneto fan that I am, since he’s the best super villain ever, every time Michael Fassbender or  Eric McKellen were on screen made me happy.

The Verdict:

Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise is a glorious one. With the brilliant directing, the thrilling plot, the outstanding fight scenes and visuals, and the darkness in the movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past isn’t just the best of the franchise, but my favorite comic book movie to date. And with all the build up for what comes next, any hardcore fan will be waiting in agony for the next installment. I just wish Kitty could send me back in time so I can watch it again for the first time, and then send me to the future so I can watch X-Men: Apocalypse already.

Rating: 9.0/10. Best comic book movie to date.


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