Published on May 27th, 2014 | by Anthony Price0
When Old Meets New – X-Men: Days of Future Past Review
Welcome back Consumers, it’s time for another movie review. This time we’ll be looking at the epic blockbuster released last Friday; X-Men: Days of Future Past. Checkout the trailer for yourself below…
For those not in the know, X-Men: Days of Future Past (DOFP from now on!) is a direct sequel to the 2011 film, X-Men: First Class this time focusing on the characters from the original X-Men film trilogy joining forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. 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 alike. But it’s actually so much more than that. DOFP is 20th Century Fox’s attempt to emulate Marvel’s Avenger success by creating their own cinematic universe by tying two strands of the same franchise together. No easy task considering the scale of both the new and old X-Men films. I have to say though, Bryan Singer does a fantastic job.
Like the character Quicksilver (arguably one of the best highlights of the film!), the pace of the film moves at a breakneck speed, jumping between the past and the present without ever becoming too confusing for the audience. For me, the best part of the film was the future scenes and getting to see the original cast play characters they were born to be. It helps that Singer has rendered a visually stunning post-apocalyptic world for the scenes; the opening sequence is beautifully shot and puts the exciting opening to X2 to shame. However, that’s not to say that the scenes set in the past, the main focus of the film, are poor. In fact, the far from it. ’70s America is wonderfully recreated and the scenes are helped by the fact that they focus heavily on the best parts of each franchise, namely James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman. They’re all on top form and the chemistry between them is brilliant, particularly in the lighter-hearted scenes of which there are quite a few. In fact, al of the cast is fantastic, including new villain, Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, creator of the dreaded Sentinel robots. You can tell that everyone is having fun in this movie.
Overall, DOFP is a brilliant blockbuster that should do well at the box office. It’s by far the best in the franchise since X2 and goes a long way to eradicate the stain of X-Men: The Last Stand. That’s not to say that it’s a film without faults; several parts of the story feel underdeveloped and there’s not nearly enough Ian McKellen. And it would be nice to learn more about Trask and his reasons for hating Mutantkind. But what we’re given works and rejuvenates a flagging franchise. It’s looking good for the next instalment, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. 4.5/5 Until next time…Keep consuming!