This film spent a phenomenal $250 million, and I think it is going to reap the rewards, as it looks to be one of the top Marvel films to date.
The opening of this film depicts a dystopian future in which all the mutants are relentlessly being hunted down by sentinels. This scene shows the absolute power of the sentinels, and depicts the vulnerability of the mutants.
However this film does not only focuses on fighting, action and explosions, but rather centres around the psychology of the mutants, and ultimately the difficult ‘choices’ they have to make. This to me is what sets this film apart from other Marvel films.
Bryan Singer seamlessly balanced drama, tension and comedy, allowing more comedy in the first hour through the character of Quicksilver (Evan Peters), however phasing it out as the film progressed into a more serious tone. One of the highlights of the film was the fight sequence at the Pentagon, hilariously set to Jim Croce’s Time In A Bottle, in which Quicksilver moves so fast that time slows down as he rearranges bullets and flying objects in slow motion. This was my favourite scene in the movie.
Initially I was sceptical of the concept of time travel, as it is a difficult to pull off, however Singer skilfully parallels the past and the present, creating beautiful scenes that seamlessly flowed into one another, each building up tension within each other, a detail that is hard to capture. The special effects in some scenes looked astounding, however some other scenes seemed a little off. However it did not detract from my experience of the film.
Bolivar Trask’s (Peter Dinklage) character was severely underdeveloped, however it didn’t seem to matter, as the true enemy of the film was in fact the decisions of the mutants themselves. I felt that, other than Charles Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy) character, there was little to no character development, which would have made the film a little more interesting.
Some of the film will only make sense to fans that have watched previous X-men instalments, however this movie can be enjoyed regardless. I recommend you watch it in theatres with your friends or even by yourself. Yes, it is that good!
PS: I know the credits may seem long, but you might want to wait until the very end of the fantastic [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) movie.