Movie Review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” – Mutants at Their Best

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 25, 2014

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen an installment of the X-Men franchise with the original cast together, and this film has them in a much darker place than before. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” shows us a bleak future for mutants and humans alike. In a future that is eerily reminiscent of the Holocaust, the last of the original X-Men – and some new mutants, too – find themselves left with only one small sliver of hope: to re-write history as they know it.

 

What really sold me on this film is the depth of the characters. We’re shown very different sides of well-known characters – like Mystique and Professor X – and these moments in their lives are pivotal. What did Charles (James McAvoy) go through after losing his legs and his friends? How did Mystique become a killer, twisted by hate? Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to only a few years after the events in “X-Men: First Class,” but so much has changed for these characters since we last saw them as their younger selves.

“This is our last chance.”

Surprisingly, Mystique plays a central role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” after being a secondary mutant in previous films. She is given more complexities and we can see the shift in her from sweet Raven to angry Mystique. Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of the blue mutant includes subtle facial expressions that speaks volumes. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg and the story writers show us Mystique’s pain which elicits sympathy and understanding despite her dark path.

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One of the new mutants featured in the film is Quicksilver who is simply referred to as Peter (Evan Peters). While the majority of “Days of Future Past” has a very dark tone, he is one of the few characters who provides comedy to lighten things up a bit. Peters plays the role easily and with flair which is good for a character who is every bit a sarcastic teenage mutant. There’s more to the character than we’re shown, so hopefully his depth will be explored in the next X-Men film.

“Sometimes we all need a little help.”

Director Bryan Singer certainly knows which shots work for each scene. The numerous emotional and larger action scenes are well directed, with an awesome focus on slow motion shots during fights. A film that is both visually captivating and has a strong story is amazing to watch.

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Another aspect of the film which was done very well is the CGI. This isn’t surprising considering that X-Men films are known to have top-notch special effects. Here, though, there are extremely intricate details. For example, the futuristic Sentinal models have complex armour. Of course, the work on the futuristic world itself and, as always, the different mutants’ appearance and abilities is impressive.

Overall, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a strong installment in the X-Men franchise. The characters are even more complex, with a script that provides depth, action, and a little comedy. The casting is on-point for new characters, and the combination of new and old cast members is brilliant to watch. I would say that this is the best X-Men movie yet.

My Rating: 9/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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