This year FOX delivers brings us the latest installment int the long running X-Men franchise with Days of Future Past. For those unfamiliar, the reboot sequel is a mix of both old and new. Days of Future Past, takes place (respectively), in the future and past of our Mutant friends, trying to end a war before it begins. Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence alongside a massive list of other stars jump between past and current X-Men timelines in an attempt to rewrite their dark future.
After getting their asses handed to them by Mutant-adapting Sentinels, (best bros IRL) Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen send Hugh Jackman back in time to save Mutant-kind.
From a writing standpoint, Days of Future Past is a solid balance between both timelines. I’m not only saying this because I was able to keep up, but because I was able to see what they are trying to do for the franchise. The sub-par ending to the original X-Men trilogy has essentially been erased from Mutant history, leaving doors open for a new beginning. The series entry succeeds at portraying a darker time in Mutant history with occasional, and tasteful, comic relief.
Michael Fassbender, as usual, nails a young, angry Magneto, bent on revenge for his fallen brethren. There are a few scenes that really showcase Magneto’s power, in case you didn’t already know how awesome he is. I certainly wouldn’t scoff at more action, but there was enough to keep me satisfied, although, I’m sure that we’ll be seeing plenty of action in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. After an entire movie with no hints towards the next in the series, lo and behold, we get something nice after the dreaded credit crawl. It’s well-worth your time and your money, go see it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and stars, Marc’s man-crush, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. I really want to make out with Jennifer Lawrence.