UR REVIEW: “X-Men Days of Future Past” Lives Up to Hype
Written by Jason Dawson
Sometimes when you expect a nightmare, it ends up being a dream. I was expecting X-Men: Days of Future Past to be over bloated with characters. The trailers should members of both casts, the original X-Men Trilogy & X-Men First Class. So I just assumed this was a film that was going to be “LOLLOOKATALLTHESEPEOPLE.” It had a lot of old favorites & made some new favorites.
It had an amazing story based off of the Chris Claremont story arc “Days of Future Past.” While the film was different than the comic, it all made sense of why they were changed. It was nothing that made me roll my eyes and grunt (I’m looking at you unmasked Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
In the not so distant future, robots called Sentinels are hunting down & killing mutants because humans are scared of things that are different. It’s much like Terminator but they are racist, so Linda Hamilton is safe in this film. Stan Lee made the X-Men as representation of the civil rights movement, Chris Claremont’s work on original book continued on with that film. Not fearing those who are different from you. This showed what happens when fear of the unknown is taken too far.
Since the remaining X-Men are getting backed into a corner, they realize that have to go back in time to stop this from all happening. While in the books it was Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page), in this film it was Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Now, you think this would make nerds shake their fists & tip their fedoras but I think even the most neckbeardy person think it was well done. They explain that only Wolverine could physically survive having his consciousness sent back to the ’70s because of his healing ability. Plus Hugh Jackman is the stare of the franchise.
We meet new character to the series, Quicksilver / Peter Maximoff (played by American Horror Story’s Evan Peters) who stole the show whenever he was on the screen. Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Bingbing as Blink, Booboo Stewart as Warpath & others. Back to Quicksilver, Evan Peters killed it. When I first saw the pictures of him, he looked nothing like the comic book version but after seeing it on screen, it makes sense why he’s dressed like that. It added to his charm. Evan Peters’ Quicksilver will be returning for the next X-Men filmed titled X-Men: Apocalypse. Since Marvel Studios & Fox Studios can’t get over themselves & give the fans a break; Evan Peters won’t be playing Quicksilver in the Avengers film. Best of luck to Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play his version of Quicksilver. Sadly because of Fox & Marvel Studios being enemies of fun, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine won’t be in Avengers 2 despite the actor wanting him to be.
While this movie has some great characters & story, it doesn’t lack on action by any means. The mutants all use their abilities in really fun ways to help them combat their foes & future.
If you like comic book movies, fun summer blockbusters – GO SEE THIS NOW. Go go go.
I give this film 5 Time Traveling Hugh Jackman’s out of five.
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