More than anything else, this movie clarified for me that Bryan Singer leaving X-Men was the worst thing that could have possibly happened to the franchise (and the Superman franchise as well). Perhaps if he had of stayed on X-Men 3 would have been as good if not better than X2, and maybe, just maybe he could've stopped Satan from conjuring up X-Men Origins. But then again, had he not left he would've never been able to make a triumphant return, and this is, indeed, a return most triumphant.
As you can probably tell, I have mixed feelings about the X-Men movies as most people do. The first film is a decent movie that kicked off the superhero craze that has continued for over a decade. However I never really cared that much about it, and prior to me re-watching it in preparation for this film, I had almost completely forgotten about it. X2 was the movie that got me into superhero movies, and I think anyone will agree is a great film. X-Men 3 is a mess, but I don't despise it like most people or even think it's necessarily terrible, it was just a very disappointing wrap up to the trilogy. X-Men Origins isn't even worth talking about, if you actually like this movie, I'm sorry but there`s something wrong with you. X-Men First Class was what got me back into the franchise, and I think was slightly better than X2. I watched The Wolverine the day before I saw this one, and it was pretty good. The whole "losing his healing" thing was handled poorly, and the ending was kinda scholck, but as an attempt to make a stand alone Wolverine movie, well it worked a lot better than the first time.
Now that I've wasted your time reviewing movies that aren't in the title of this review, lets get to Days of Future Past. Wow, this was probably the best movie of the year so far. I say probably because the child in me refuses to bump it above the lego movie, but regardless the second I walked out of the theatre I wanted to see this again. The movie opens in the future (very Terminatorish) and this is what drew me into the movie almost immediately. Every scene in the future was great and they easily had the best action scenes of the movie, hell I dare say even the whole franchise. For me, one of the main reasons for this was 1) the look of the sentinels was fantastic and 2) Blink (that one Mutant who can make portals), that is officially the coolest power in X-Men. It's also just nice to see Wolverine with
, and to see all the more minor mutants like
, Iceman and Colossus return.
The majority of the movie however, takes place in the 70's, which was good because it made the few scenes in the future all the sweeter when we saw them. But anyhow, Wolverine goes back in time to the round up the First Class crew, and I know this doesn't need to be said but god-damn Hugh Jackman is great as Wolverine. More than any of the other movies, this one gave him some of the best lines, and watching him interact with young versions of people he knows is often times hilarious. Moving on though, one of my favourite things about First class was that we go to see a side of Xavier that we never have, seeing him trying to hit on women, getting drunk, just things you could never picture the older Xavier doing. This movie does the same thing but shows the complete opposite side, Xavier is an angry, depressed bastard in this movie. It's honestly hard to watch, seeing the mentor figure of the entire series, the voice of reason having completely lost all his hope and just sinking into depression, this along with First Class made Xavier a much more interesting character.
Another thing I loved about First Class was Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Now Magneto was a villain who I was always on the fence about, I never saw him as a straight up villain, and could actually see myself sitting down and perhaps talking out the problem. This movie however, made me go "Screw Magneto", because this movie shows that Magneto will do whatever it takes to do what he thinks is right, regardless of the consequences. Again, making me look at the older version of Magneto and find myself more interested in him. Speaking of Magneto, in order for Wolverine and the Professor to break him out of prison, they have to get Quicksilver to help them. I'd just like to say, the scenes with Quicksilver (especially his big action scene) are the best in the movie. He's played by Peter Evans and I've always liked him from American Horror Story, and he absolutely killed it as Quicksilver, and quite frankly I don't see how they are going to do it better (or even as good) in the [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035).
Peter Dinklage was also good, I mean, it's Peter Dinklage, he's always good, and I think it's really cool that he's such a good actor that no one at the studio cared that Trask was not a dwarf in the comics. I liked this movie more than almost all of the MCU movies, not that it's a contest, but this movie has that fun atmosphere that something like the Avengers had but it mixed actual drama into it perfectly. There a numerous scenes where there is some heavy stuff laid on, and to be honest, other than the Dark Knight, I think this is the comic book movie that handles more dramatic elements the best (I'm positive there are others you could name, but I don't feel like thinking really hard to remember them, and I don't really care). And for a time travel movie, I honestly cannot think of any paradoxes or contradictions or plot holes or any of the stuff you can find in pretty much every time travel movie ever made.
If I had to think of a complaint about this movie, it would be that because it's such a large cast and it joins the old X-Men cast and the new together, a lot of the mutants don't get used that much (I'm pretty sure Storm had like 2 lines in the whole movie), but it was never at the point where I felt like they were wasted. Oh and Wolverine has adamantium claws at the beginning of this movie, even though he had bone claws at the end of the last one. And Anna Paquin is like the 5th name in the credits and she is literally in it for 2 seconds. Yup that`s about all I have to say that`s negative, moving on.
Overall, [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) is a fantastic movie that handles all the elements and characters of the previous movies perfectly, and leaves plenty of exciting things in store for the future of the franchise. In my personal opinion, it`s undoubtedly the best of the franchise. Welcome back Bryan (unless you actually raped people, in which case go fuck yourself)