X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

Kieran Daly, Entertainment Editor

It has been 14 years since Bryan Singer first brought the X-Men to the big screen, and since that moment we have seen six more films based around characters from MARVEL’s X-Men franchise. Singer only directed the first two films and produced 2011’s X-Men: First Class, and since then other directors have littered the X-Men film franchise with countless continuity errors (I’m looking at you X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Now Singer is bringing one of the biggest comic plots of all time to the big screen in an attempt to save the franchise, and he does.

X-Men: Days of Future Past follows the X-Men in two different timelines, the younger group in the 1970’s and the classic cast in our world’s 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, this plot line is done extremely well and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the perfect character to bridge the gap between the two casts. The plot is executed so well, every twist and turn had me grinning from ear to ear and at some points getting wide eyed from sadness, this is due to the impending doom that the original cast faces in our future.

The action sequences are executed perfectly, each one is captivating and exhilarating as the last. The stand out scene has to be the scene in which we get to see new comer Evan Peters’ Quicksilver at full speed in a slow motion fight scene involving tasting soup, forcing a guard to hit himself and redirecting bullets.

The only negative I can say is that Singer possibly brought in too many characters, which forces some beloved characters to lose some screen time; this sacrifice leads to fan favorite Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique not getting as much screen time as she previously received. Other than this one thing the film was great and it reinvigorates the franchise.

I am very excited to see where Singer will take the X-Men films from here. It has already been announced that the next film will be named X-Men: Apocalypse, will release in 2016 with most of the cast of this film returning along with the addition of Channing Tatum as the card tossing Gambit. I’m going to say that X-Men: Days of Future Past is a must see and, as of now, in my top five films of this year. I’m giving the film 4 out of 5 stars.