First off, let me just say hello! As you may have noticed, I am not Jarrod. My name is Mandi and I hail from another blog. Like Jarrod, I help the Nerd Army as a Commander and I’m super excited to be guest blogging over here. So it’s nice to meet you all!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to my (mostly spoiler free) review of X-Men: Days of Future Past. I have been beyond excited for this movie since it was announced and it did not disappoint. The performances are amazing, the writing is amazing, the effects, the storyline, the subtle “Easter Eggs” for fans are all amazing. And yes, this movie does erase the utter and complete train wreck that was X3.
X-Men: Days of Future Past begins in the future with a voice over from Professor X that’s completely reminiscent of the original X-Men movie. Xavier explains to us that there is a new threat out there: the sentinels. If you grew up on the comics or the Saturday morning cartoon like myself, then you know what the sentinels are. However, if you are one of the few people that feel completely lost, they are mutant hunting robots that fight the X-Men through several story arcs.
It’s revealed, though, that these sentinels not only hunt mutants and their human allies, but also any humans that may have a mutant child/grandchild in the future. Eesh! We see mutants and humans being forced into what can only be described as an internment camp and truck loads of dead bodies are being unloaded into piles because that’s just how many of us they’re exterminating. I can easily say the future is looking pretty horrible!
We cut away from this chilling scene to find several recognizable mutants holding out in a bunker: Bishop, Blink, Colossus, Iceman, Shadowcat, Sunspot, and Warpath. I was very excited to see Daniel Cudmore return as Colossus. Seems to me, seeing him “metal up” in X-Men 2 was just not enough for the fans. If you agree, then you’re in for a treat!
The sentinels have tracked them to their location and send down three bots to destroy the mutants. Kitty Pryde and Bishop take off running and let the others deal with the bots as they hide in a vault so Kitty can use her ability on Bishop (more on this later). The action that takes place between the mutants and the sentinels is exactly what I was hoping for! Iceman skates on ice and freezes one, Sunspot roasts another, and Colossus beats on the third with Blink and Warpath. Take that bots! But wait, don’t celebrate yet. The frozen sentinel adapts to emit heat, the roasted sentinel adapts to shield itself with ice, and the last adapts to being covered in organic steel. That’s right, they can change to defeat any mutant! The sentinels fight their way to Kitty and Bishop but it’s too late for the bad guys, because they fade out of existence. In fact, everything fades out of existence as if the whole thing never happened.
The movie takes us to China where we see all of our mutant friends are actually alive and well. The X-Jet lands and Professor X, Magneto, Storm, and Wolverine pile out to chit chat. Let’s face it, in this future you can’t just sit down over coffee to discuss your mundane goings-on. Instead you talk about how you avoided being skewered by sentinels. Turns out, Kitty Pryde has been sending Bishop’s consciousness back in time to warn them all that the sentinels are about to find them so they can relocate. Which is perfect, because something happened very long ago that needs to be changed. Xavier explains to them how the sentinels were created and how he wants Kitty to send him back to fix their awful future. Unfortunately, doing so would completely rip him apart and I don’t know about you but I don’t feel like watching the Professor be demolecularized again (in that terrible, awful movie-that-must-not-be-named). If only there was a mutant in the room that could heal almost instantaneously… oh wait!
Kitty agrees to send Wolverine back while the rest protect them. This will be their only chance to do this and once the sentinels slice their way to Kitty, they’ll just have to hope Logan was successful. Xavier explains to Wolverine that he must get the younger Charles to help but that he was a very different man in the 70’s. On top of that, he will also need the help of Magneto who might be pretty difficult to get to. But best of luck to you bub! This is where I will leave you in the story line because you absolutely must see this movie.
I must say, this is a really great way to handle time travel. It completely removes the wibbly wobbly issue of running into your younger self and the younger consciousness doesn’t remember a thing after the fact. In Logan’s travel through the past, you will see some familiar mutants as well as new ones. My favorite newcomer to the movies is Quicksilver; he’s a total smart ass and completely emulates a teenager that moves way too fast.
There’s even a really cool Easter Egg with him. If you know who his father is, you’ll enjoy his exchange with Magneto in the elevator. I wish there had been more scenes with Quicksilver but to be fair, this movie is so jam packed that it probably would have been too much.
The best performance easily goes to James McAvoy. He once again portrays the younger Charles Xavier and after the events of X-Men: First Class, he is a very broken man. His school has lost all of its students, his family has fallen apart, and he just cannot handle facing it. Instead, he uses a serum developed by Beast to remove his ability which in turn gives him back the use of his legs. McAvoy delivers incredible performances, from practically spitting obscenities in Wolverine’s face, to showing the audience his internal struggle when it comes to the serum that he feels he needs. Any time McAvoy was on the screen, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the emotions he was able to evoke and I can’t wait to see what he does in the next movie.
Sadly, the worst performance goes to Jennifer Lawrence. This makes me so sad because I love her as an actor. It’s my theory that the makeup and prosthetics that create Mystique somehow dampen her performance. Lawrence always gives subtle facial expressions that really enhance her acting and I can’t help but think that the dark blue skin of Mystique makes that difficult to see. That being said, her best scene is when she’s broken into Trask’s office and a single tear rolls down her cheek as she looks through his files. That one tear is full of hatred and pain and it’s absolutely chilling.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is easily the best X-Men movie to date. It’s a reboot that completely puts Trek‘s JJ Abrams to shame. Don’t get all huffy, I love JJ Abrams. And I enjoy the new Trek movies for what they are: amazing action movies. It just seems to me that if you’re going to reboot a franchise, you should do so with the fans in mind and not to bring in a new audience. When you go see this movie, remember to watch for the scene after the credits. Even if you have no idea what you just witnessed, you will still have a pretty good idea of what we’re in store for in the next movie. If you ask me, 2016 cannot come quickly enough!