Before seeing this movie, the only X-Men movies I’ve seen are X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine. While X-Men Origins avoided sharing the origins of Wolverine, the latter two prove they can be more than just your typical superhero action films. They are fascinating character studies about how the mutants use their powers, and end up being conflicted. X-Men: Days of Future Past continues with this pattern. The idea of bringing the old characters from the original trilogy and their younger selves from First Class is awesome. This movie contains enough action, character development, and historical evidence to make it the best movie of the summer so far.
Two years after the events from The Wolverine, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen) call upon the mutants when a threat comes to ravish the world. The threat is a group of robots called the Sentinels, where they have the power to adapt with the mutant’s powers. Logan offers he would send his consciousness back to 1973, kudos to Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). In 1973, he joins the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and young Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) to save the future by changing the past.
There is no other actor who can play a better Wolverine than Hugh Jackman. Like in The Wolverine, you forget that he is playing the immortal mutant most of the time. Without him, there wouldn’t be any X-Men movies. Jennifer Lawrence steals the show as Mystique, the blue-skinned, orange-haired mutant who can shape-shift into anybody. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender return delivering great performances as the younger versions of the two leaders of the X-Men clan. You could tell how much suffering Xavier deals with after Lehnsherr ended their friendship in First Class. Although they aren’t in the movie a lot, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had enough screen time as the older Xavier and Lehnsherr.
What I liked about these movies is how it connects to the historical events. It gives an in-depth look of how the characters’ stories became originated. The movies do a good job connecting to the American Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. X-Men: Days of Future Past does a great job with handles the time-travel theme so well that it makes it easy to find out what is going on. The movie is really funny at times, including one scene involving Quicksilver that had me in stitches. If you liked the original X-Men movies, you’ll love this movie. If you liked X-Men: First Class, you’ll love this movie. Or, if you are new to the franchise, you’ll love Days of Future Past.
Bring on X-Men: Apocalypse!