X-Men: Days of Future Past begins in the near future where mutants are near extinct thanks to Sentinels, robotic like machines that target and destroy mutants. Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), now back from the dead, insists on sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the past to stop the war before it even begins. In this past time period its up to Wolverine to convince the younger version of the X-Men to join forces and help end a war that doesn't yet exist.
X-Men: Days of Future past could arguably be the best X-Men film to date. I was trying to get my reviews up for all the X-Men movies prior to reviewing this one, but unfortunately the only one I didn't get around to reviewing was X-Men First Class and up until today that was my favourite. X-Men Days Of Future Past grabs the best elements from that film as well as the best elements from the first two movies and blends them together in what is arguably the best one yet. It doesn't exceed the others by a long shot, but it gets bloody close.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past doesn't glorify our eyes with explosions, but instead focusses on the human drama. There have been many superhero films in previous years that have taken the unfortunate decision to pour action into our faces, Man of Steel is an excellent example of that, and for the most past this just doesn't work, Man of Steel only just getting there for me (although on first viewing I loved it). This film only has a couple of scenes of full on action and instead it wisely decides to make us care for the characters and want to follow along with their story. It's much more of a character driven drama than an action film as the trailers suggested.
Quicksilver just blew me away. Early reviews for this film were raving about how great a character Quicksilver is, but he has to be seen to be believed. When his character gets into action he just doesn't stop impressing. He's fast taking, fast moving and sublimely witty. Evan Peters, most famous for Kick-Ass (before now), is the perfect choice for the role. Aaron Taylor Johnson, who will be playing him in the upcoming Avengers sequel, has a lot to live up to.
Once the film concludes there's plenty of questions relating to the timeline that begin to spring in your head. Once the film's credits role my friend and I instantly begun an in depth conversation as to the timeline of the movie in relation to previous films and how those films were altered. There are plenty of questions that we eventually realised an answer, but there's also plenty that are, presumably intentionally, left unanswered. I will not take this away from the film as a whole because I presume it was deliberate, but it is fairly annoying.
To sum up, X-Men: Days of Future Past is arguably the best X-Men film to date with a more character driver storyline than the trailer suggests, a blend of the best aspects of the series and Quicksilver, a character that blew me away.
4 1/2 Stars