X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Film Review: Time Travel Revitalises Marvel Mutant Series
Who knew time travelling could be so fun..
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If you love time travel movies, in which the heroes must go back in time to save the entire race from going extinct than you will love Days of Future Past.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the beginning and directed by Bryan Singer, we see the characters in major peril before recruiting Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to travel back in time to the 70’s in order to reverse the damage done. Of course only the wolf man himself can withstand time-travel as he goes back and tries to convince the younger versions of Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from becoming the key-piece of triggering such havoc.
Fans of X-Men are in for a treat as the movie manages to tie the connection between the rest of the series. As an avid watcher of the franchise, I was quite pleased and excited that it did. It kind of felt like being one of those Marvel fan boys again for over a good two hours.
What really makes this a unique superhero flick though, is its bravery of crossing the typical Marvel flare as the film deals with more gritty and mature material. The more mature tone includes the use of coarse language, the brutality of the deaths in the film along with a good look at Wolverine’s behind.
Among this brave new take, is the incorporation of real historical events including a clever insert of the JFK assassination. Also Singer again brings forward the spotlight on the outcasts of society, in which is quite relatable to audiences of the film who may be a little different in terms of their individuality. We feel for this other species labelled mutants and join their quest to achieve equality amongst the human race.
Props also to the film for managing to balance so much characters in one film, and actually satisfying us within each character’s distributed screen-time. The major standouts although is of course Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer’s Mystique also became the central plot driver for this mutant outing too. It seems like big Hollywood roles keep coming her way now, so go Jen Law!
Jennifer Lawrence working her stuff as Mystique, alongside the superb Michael Fassbender as Magneto
As far as X-Men films go, this particular addition takes the cake. It is, dare I say it the best of the series.
It will certainly get fanboys alike in a frenzy and give audiences an intense and entertaining joy-ride as the mutants race against time to save themselves.
Okay, now go see the film… like now! Also, make sure to stick around for the mind numbing post-credits scene which set ups the stage for a sequel!
9/10 Watch the trailer for the epic time travel X-Men film below: