In theatres this Friday from director Bryan Singer, Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox comes the continuing story of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
This film tells the story of a world in the future where the X-Men are being hunted by machines called Sentinels. With survivors reaching their very last stronghold they are visited by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik/Magneto (Ian McKellan) and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Once frenemies, Xavier and Eric now have a plan.
Using the Kitty Pryde’s (Ellen Page) powers, they will send Logan back into time to the 1960’s when Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) creates the original sentinels using a drop of blood from Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Jackman arrives in the 1960’s only to discover that Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) is a mess being cared for by Hank (Nicholas Hault), Erik (Michael Fassbender) is in an air-tight prison and Mystique is all over the country creating havoc. He must convince the Professor and Erik to put aside their issues to bring Raven in before Dr. Trask can get his hands on her!
One drop of blood causes ripples and old grudges rear their ugly heads while trying to save the future!
FINAL WORD: Jackman as Logan/Wolverine brings another stellar performance. It is clear that he will always be considered the one and only Wolverine because with each film Jackman takes it one step further in character. Audiences cheer when he is on the screen and that is memorable!
McAvoy as Charles Xavier gets a serious chance to show another side of the Professor. Dealing with his own demons with the loss of friends and colleagues, McAvoy brings a more human, if you will, side of a complicated character. It is extremely well done. His counterpart Patrick Stewart as the elder Professor X brings such an elegant quality to his character and I don’t think anyone else could play this role again either.
Fassbender as Eric/Magneto has such a duality to his character. One moment a man in pain for his own past and mistakes and the next he remembers all the pain and wills top at nothing to make those responsible pay. Fassbender is wickedly delightful with an evil charm that serves him well. The friendship between Charles and Eric is amazing to watch with these two fine actors. McKellan as the elder Magneto doesn’t get to say much but let’s his presence be known.
Lawrence as Raven/Mystique is a woman with anger issues. Her focus is on Dr. Trask and now that she is apart from both Charles and Erik, her way becomes muddled. Lawrence plays her role to the hilt but is that really a surprise? Page as Kitty has a straightforward role here that doesn’t ask a lot of her but in a storyline that works.
Dinklage as Dr. Trask is a twisted scientist! Personally I think he had a thing for the very lovely blue Mystique but it turns out he just wants her DNA. Trying to be the creator of the mutants destruction, the future shows it gets out of hand. I personally love Dinklage so I was thrilled to see him take this role head on! Hault as Hank begins as a caregiver to the good Professor but quickly takes his place among the X-Men. Playing opposite Jackman in many scenes, Hault stands strong.
Cameos are everywhere including Kelsey Grammer as Hank, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, James Marsden as Scott Summers and Morgan Lily as Young Raven.
Cast includes: Halle Berry as Storm, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Bingbing Fan as Blink, Adan Canto as Sunspot, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Lucas Till as Havok, Evan Jonigkeit as Toad, Jan Gerste as Gwen, Gregg Lowe as Ink, Omar Sy as Bishop and Josh Helman as Maj. Stryker.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST four tubs of popcorn out of five. The storyline is very intricate yet compelling with the future, past and complications of the relationships. Watching McAvoy and Fassbender take it to another level is fantastic and Jackman, once again, gets to bring a mixture of serious and a few jabs of comedy.
If you are looking for a peeve here and there mine would be the “Sentinels” being called sentinels and coming through the wall screw first reminded me of a little MATRIX wonky creatures (name and action). Second peeve was the change the past and you change the future STAR TREK action – it’s not a make or break thing but it does pinch irritatingly a little.
Now that that’s out of the way fans should be totally thrilled with the action, adventure, CGI (although the 3D is once again unnecessary), story with twists and turns that bring both casts of past and future together spelling success!
In the end – every hero and every power will unite!