The X-Men are back!!! And this time, from two different time periods. 1973 and 2023. So after a slew of some failure (X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins Wolverine) and a different take on a successful back-story (X-Men First Class), the team are finally back on the big screen and looking better than ever before. So in this review, I will give details on a brief synopsis, the characters, my positives and my negatives about the film.
So the story takes place several years after the events that took place in X-Men 3: The Last Stand and a few years after the events of The Wolverine. But the film itself acts as a sequel to both X-Men 3 and X-Men First Class primarily. So in the future part of the film, the Sentinels have taken over everything and they are targeting the mutants all over the world. Especially those who have gone into hiding. So in order to change everything, Prof. X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to change a major event and save the future for both mutant and mankind alike.
The cast of characters in this film is exactly what I pictured this film's cast to be. Nearly everyone who has appeared in previous X-Men movies are in this new film. As always, Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Les Miserables) was Logan/Wolverine. And his role in this installment was phenomenal!! And the double counterparts of James McAvoy (Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men First Class) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, Prince of Egypt) as Prof. X and Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men First Class) and Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, The Da Vinci Code) as Magneto was an excellent take on both characters in the time periods of this film.
Other major characters in this film include the return of Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, X-Men First Class) as Mystique, Ellen Page (Inception, Juno) as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, Daniel Cudmore (The Twilight Saga) as Colossus, Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men First Class) as Hank McCoy/Beast and Halle Berry (Die Another Day, The Flintstones) as Ororo Munroe/Storm. And they each returned in their role after several (or a few) years and they fit them all perfectly.
New characters include Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Chronicles of Narnia) as Bolivar Trask, who is the main antagonist of the film, newcomer Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga) as Warpath, Fan Bingbing as Blink and Omar Sy as Bishop. And I thought of these guys to being a great addition to the X-Men characters in the film adaptations.
Now my positives on this film. I thought that this X-Men film was by far the best one since X-Men 2 back in 2003. It had great action, a good story set between two timelines, awesome character development, and a surprising twist that connected everything in this film (wait for the spoilers). The villain, Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask was the first time I've seen him in a movie since 2008's The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian. Though I haven't seen the HBO show Game of Thrones, he still fits the role of the villain for whatever superhero movie he gets. Everyone who was in the previous films still fit their roles perfectly. Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, and Nicholas Hoult all are still perfect as their respective characters.
My negatives about this film are very small. The Sentinels were mostly the active part of the villain's work while Bolivar Trask was just a bit low on my expectations. I expected Trask to be in the future setting of the film. But that's just the only negative I have about this film.
Now there's one thing that gets me about this film. It has a similar tone to 1989's Back to the Future Part II. (Spoilers ahead) This film's ending changed the timeline and made everything get erased from the original X-Men timeline. And I liked seeing that apart from everything that happened in the original trilogy and the Origins Wolverine film. I kind of see this film to being a sequel to X-Men First Class instead of X-Men 3: The Last Stand. But that's just me.
So that's my review of the newest of the X-Men films. Have you guys seen this film? What did u think? Write your thoughts down in the comments below.