Hi! There are only three words that I can say about Days of Future Past… OH! MY! GOODNESS! Such a fantastic film!! This review will contain SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read it yet. And go watch the movie. Now.
The basic premise is this: the mutants are pretty much extinct thanks to the Sentinels, which are things that can adapt and kill mutants in the most effective way possible. The X-Men and the Brotherhood (or what is left of them) are united in order to survive. They discover that the only way to change what is happening is to send someone to the past and prevent a murder from happening. The candidate is Professor Xavier, but since that would damage his mind, Wolverine volunteers… so they send his consciousness to his 1973 body, so he can find both the Professor and Magneto and together they can prevent Mystique killing Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels.
This movie is full of great acting and amazing special effects. And the fact that pretty much ALL the characters that we have come to know and love are there is just the cherry on the top. Maybe my only complaint is that many of them only appear briefly, but I understand that it would be impossible to give all of them the time they deserve. And even like that, everybody shines in their moment.
We get to see some new mutants, like Warpath, Blink, Bishop, Sunspot and the magnificent Quicksilver. And speaking of Quicksilver, I do have to make a special mention. This guy had the best, funniest and full of awesome scene of the whole movie, in my opinion. I have seen Evan Peters before in American Horror Story, so when I learned he’d be playing Quicksilver, I knew he would be good. But nothing prepared me for just how brilliant he would be. He was in the movie for a short time, but it was worth every second!!
Something else I liked is that from the very first moment of the movie, you are in tension. This danger the mutants are in is very real, and very present. And this guys are already friends to you, especially if, like myself, you’ve followed them since their first movie (which was the first movie that treated comic book stories seriously). I fell in love with comic book movies thanks to the X-Men. And now, they’re falling like flies. You just want it to go away; you want them to be safe. But the path to safety, if there is indeed one, is very rocky. From a Professor Xavier who doesn’t think of himself as a professor anymore and is hooked on his drugs to a Magneto that is kept in a maximum security prison in the heart of the Pentagon itself, Wolverine will have to overcome serious obstacles in order to prevent the future from happening. And it’s just amazing to see all these people in action together.
It would be unfair to say who I think did better, since everyone was incredible. However, I’ll just say James McAvoy earned a new place in the palace of my geekiness, along with Evan Peters… but hey, it was an amazing ensemble.
I’ll tell you now about some great moments… the funniest was definitely Quicksilver going to get Magneto. Just the best. And learning that in this universe he is indeed the son of Magneto. That was great. There were plenty of emotional moments, like Raven looking at all her friends’ autopsy pictures, seeing your favorite mutants be slaughtered, seeing Jean, Scott, old Beast, Rogue and many others again… very, very satisfactory.
I’m also excited that thanks to this movie, a whole new world of opportunities opens. We could conceivably have more X-Men movies with characters that weren’t there anymore… I really hope so. But first, let’s “patiently” wait for X-Men: Apocalypse.
If you haven’t figured this out, I highly recommend this movie. It might just be the best of the X-Men movies.
Well, that’s all for now… see you soon!!