Remember when I said that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a gamechanger for the superhero genre? What that movie did with SHIELD (the homebase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) has the potential to change every movie in that franchise. Will it, who knows?
Well here’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, a movie where we don’t have to wait for future installments in the franchise to see if it really turned everything around. Not only does this movie go back and fix the problems with the previous films in the franchise (something I’ve never seen done before), it’s just a damn good movie. From the performances, to the story, to the action, to the dialogue, to every aspect of this film, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a masterpiece that is 100% an early contender for movie of the year.
Dealing with time travel in a franchise with prequels and sequels galore is a challenge, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg made it look easy. Wolverine is brought from the “old” X-Men (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, etc.) to the “new” X-Men (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, etc.) in order to save the world.
Simon Kinberg did such a remarkable job here for an endless amount of reasons, but his biggest triumph is fixing the whole franchise. I love these X-Men movies, but there is some serious garbage in here. This movie gives a huge middle-finger to that garbage and changes everything for the better. Looking back at myself thinking what happened with SHIELD in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was this unbelievable thing, is laughable. DOFP changes everything, literally.
Aside from that aspect, this movie stands on its own as a fantastic film. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time with great dialogue to boot. The movie is intense, badass, and emotional at all the right times and maybe it has to do with me not knowing the Days of Future Past storyline from the comics, but I was so engrossed in this movie. I have my nitpicks, but there’s no point in telling you them when I have nothing but praise for the screenplay.
The performances here are also remarkable. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender once again dominate the screen with their chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence really going all-out with the character of Mystique. Hugh Jackman once again kills it as Wolverine, and for as much as I want to see what else Jackman can do, his portrayal as Wolverine is one of the highlights of this franchise. Newcomer Peter Dinklage is great as Trask, and you might be surprised by Evan Peters’ Quicksilver who delivers one of the best scenes in the film.
The Quicksilver scene among many other action scenes are great. The camerawork is excellent and the visual effects are magnificent. There is so much happening in these action scenes with robots flying around and everybody having their own set of powers. What’s great is that the action never felt cluttered and out of control. The viewer always knew what was happening which is a real testament considering what was happening here.
If you have not watched this movie yet, I question your sanity. You made it through this whole review without dropping everything and buying the ticket to the next showing. For the sane ones who have seen the movie, HOW AWESOME WAS THAT?