Top 365 Films – #126 – X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)


Top 365 Films - X-Men Days of Future PastDIRECTED BY: Bryan Singer

STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Booboo Stewart, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Lucas Till, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Evan Jonigkeit, Gregg Lowe, Mark Camacho, Kelsey Grammer and Peter Dinklage

BUDGET: $200m

EARNED (Worldwide): $748.1m

AWARDS: None (Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects and BAFTA Nomination for Best Special Effects)

 

SYNOPSIS

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

 

Days of Future Past takes us straight into the distant and dark future of 2023, where the X-Men world where most of the mutants have been wiped out by  giant robots known as the Sentinels, while most of the humans also oppressed by them. With the very few mutants left we find that Xaiver, Magneto, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Storm and Ice Man are still alive along with new on screen mutants in Blink, Warpath, Sunspot and Bishop and they hatch a plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back to the past in order to stop an assassination that triggers the events of the Sentinels creation and prevent the war from ever happening.

 

If ever there was a comic film that you could call more ambitious than Marvel’s assembling of The Avengers it is X-Men: Days of Future Past. Not only did they bringing back the original band and also have them share playtime with the new band members, they also have to contain that within the time travel plot aspect without losing some of the general film audience that aren’t as heavily invested as die hard X-Men fans. The question became a case of does the film live up to the hype? For my view I can honestly say absolutely and X-Men: Days of Future Past quickly became one of my favourite comic book adaptations. With Bryan Singer returning to directing duties for the first time since X2: X-Men United, he does a terrific job with not only the epic scale of the storyline, but giving individual characters their moments to shine in the future and the past. This also may be the most definitive version of Wolverine we’ve had on the big screen, a man no longer as angry (though will throw down hard when needs be) as he was in previous films, here he’s on mission mode to restore the faith in Charles Xavier who is at his lowest point and considering how Xavier helped Wolverine in the previous films, it’s nice to witness the role reversal in this film. Also this is quite possibly the funniest Wolverine has ever been with his deadpan wit exchanges with Xaiver, Erik and Hank. Considering how iconic the actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are in the roles of Professor X and Magneto, it’s astounding how great and subtle James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are in the same roles and you easily buy them as the characters. I didn’t think much of Lawrence’s part of Mystique in First Class but she’s handed a pretty integral role in the timeline of this film and has become the character as we see Raven/Mystique’s motives fleshed out more (phrasing) as the film goes on. One of the biggest yet minor issues in relation to that is that the villain, trigger focus point of these events, Peter Dinklage’s Trask, is underused and unclear as to his motivation for creating the Sentinels to take out the mutants to protect mankind in the first place, so that was my only disappointment to take away from this film.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: That scene involving Quicksilver doing his thing….you know the one.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Sometimes, we all need a little help.’ – Professor X

DID YOU KNOW?: According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film. The concepts the two discussed included quantum physics, alternate universes, and string theory.

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