There’s no way I can be impartial when it comes to the X-Men. It’s been one of my favourite comic books to read for about thirty years and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the big screen presentations of this franchise. In many ways Days Of Future Past is made exactly for fans of the film franchise, typing together everything from the past … and even the future.
Days Of Future Past is a time-travel tale, primarily set in the year 1973 with events trying to prevent the chaotic future 50 years ahead in 2023. Combining actors from the entire franchise, including representatives of both past and future versions of some characters, this is by far the most star-studded line-up seen in any comic book movie.
Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender headline this amazing cast, all delivering sympathetic performances to a complex storyline. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Cudmore reprise their mutant characters and are joined in the cast by Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy and Fan Bingbing, but it is Evan Peters as Quicksilver that often steals the show.
The story moves along at a brisk pace and peppered with many great action sequences, key character exposition and comedic moments. The X-Men narrative has always dealt with mankind’s morality … and here we have a tale in which there is genuine debated consideration toward the society we are and the future we want.
The finale is truly emotional. It’s the viewers reward for caring so much about these characters. Nonetheless, this chapter does plenty to stand alone and does not alienate viewers unfamiliar with the franchise, also.
As a fan of this film series, or as fans of the franchise beyond that, this is the perfect X-Men movie. It brings together everything we have wished for … whether it be the wait of 15 years on-screen or the 30 years of dreaming that one of the most stunning X-Men stories would find a worthy adaptation.
Score: 8.5 out of 10.