The seventh movie in X men franchise was a total winner the moment its trailers came out. After the success of X Men- First Class, stakes were high and so were the expectations. Days of Future Past is an all-star ensemble which is better and more captivating superhero movie in recent times. Bryan Singer does a remarkable job of keeping the audience invested to the characters and there’s never a dull moment. Right from the future which is in midst of a Sentinel attack to the the time travel to 70s, the movie also has a good mix of original and new characters.
Adapted by Simon Kinberg from a 1981 comic series of the same title (with a story by Kinberg, Jane Goldman, and X-Men: First Class’ Matthew Vaughn) the film is set in a dystopian 2023, where mutants are being hunted to near extinction by the Sentinels. With only a handful of their kind remaining, the Original Prof. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) makes Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to transport Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the 70s to alter the events that led to the destruction of the mutant race. The bulk of the story occurs in 1973, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence take most of the spotlight. Fassbender and McAvoy again delivered amazing performances meanwhile Stewart and Mckellen give their reflections in the same excellent way that in the trilogy. Hugh Jackman finally gets a good role and holds everything together. Jennifer Lawrence plays smartly between Raven & Mystique very well, as she wavers between Charles’ offer of hope and Erik’s often bloody single-mindedness. Even the newbies like Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) , Blink (Fan Bingbing) and Bishop (Omar Sy) get an opportunity to kick ass alongside the veterans and widen the scope of Mutant characters. Beast (Nicholas Hoult) supports Wolverine while Peter Dinklage plays (Dr. Bolivar Trask), the anti-mutant scientist behind the Sentinel program played his part though not with the fear or intensity as I expected.
The movies goes on a well balanced pace without complicating the story and maintains the relationship between the characters quite well. Nothing feels squandered or easily earned here, and so many wrongs have been righted. Singer has weaved the threads of his narrative together quite brilliantly with a masterful blend of wit and wisdom, character and story. Every character has done justice to their characters and the chemistry between each of them is quite good. The 3D effects and the fight sequences are quite brilliant especially while portraying Blink’s ability to use multiple portals. The slow-mo effect is just wonderful especially QuickSilvers part of the movie and his movements. Shot in deep, crisp 3-D, with loads of super slow motion battles and shape-shifting transformations, the movie’s production quality is top class.
There are also plenty of references to the previous X-Men films, as Days of Future Past attempts to bridge the gap between the original trilogy and the reboot which might confuse some who haven’t seen the previous versions. And What I look forward to is how standards are set for Marvel to go even better now in their upcoming Avengers 2. I am more keen to see if we get to see X Men Vs Avengers on big screen, because if that happens that it will be something to watch. Until then go watch X Men: Days of Future Past. Don’t miss it for anything.
Rating- 4 out of 5