X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future Past Movie Review

The Movie
Before I begin I feel like I must say this, I am a comic book geek as well as a movie geek. The X-Men are my favorite comic and my favorite team by far, that being said when I watch an X-Men film I have to watch it as a film and not as a comic book fan. I know a lot of people love the Bryan Singer X-Men films and give him an automatic pass. I do not. Looking at this movie just as a movie, I have to give credit where credit is due, its not that bad. The story itself takes its cues from the Days of Future Past storyline, however, it changes the story dramatically from the comic. So if you are a fan of that particular story this movie may make you mad. Just thought I would warn you ahead of time. The movie opens with mutants getting hunted by Sentinels in a post apocalyptic world. The opening lends itself to some pretty cool sequences. From the trailers you would think that they have to many mutants but in actuality they don't. The short version is the X-Men from Singer's movies have to send Wolverine in the past to stop an assassination from taking place that leads to the rise of the Sentinels and everybody being on the run. The Sentinels that are in the future are badass and are honestly one of my favorite parts of the movie. In the past Wolverine has to find Xavier and Magneto in an effort to stop the assassination from taking place. Needless to say if you have not watched X-Men First Class, you may want to do so as they will be directly mentioning events from that movie as well as the other films in the franchise. There are a ton of easter eggs in this movie. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan all do an excellent job portraying young and old Xavier and Magneto. Another actor that did a pretty good job was Tyrion Lannister, I mean Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask. In the comic Trask was the man who created the Sentinels and they at least kept that the same. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique did an awesome job and her story picks up from where it left off in First Class. If you liked the cast of First Class, I have to say the majority of them are not in this movie. There is a new edition to the cast that I have not talked about and that is Quicksilver. The actor who plays him did a good job and its actually done very well, better than I expected. Its going to be interesting to see how Avengers 2 will utilize Quicksilver.
Even though the movie is good there were a couple of things that I had a problem with. One problem I had is that it still does not feel like an X-Men film to me, it still feels like Wolverine and everybody else. Now this is going to sound a little nit pickish but I actually was hoping that they would at least mention Master Mold. If you don't know what Master Mold is, Master Mold is the A.I. that controls the Sentinels, it would have been interesting to see that as the main villain of the film. One last thing that I didn't like is that they don't show the tombstones of the X-Men that have died or the wanted poster with the status of the mutants at large. It was just one of the things that was iconic from that comic series and it would have been nice to see that in the movie.

For Parents
The movie is PG-13 and in all honesty its nothing outside of the standard super hero action movie. There is a couple of scenes of violence and little bit of language but nothing outrageous. If they have seen Avengers, Batman, or Captain America than this is just fine.

Verdict
This movie is a FULL PRICE. I was never bored in it and it doesn't drag at all. The movie clocks in at about 2 hours and 13 minutes and I didn't feel it. One more thing before I end this, this movie wipes the slate clean from the other films in the franchise. It will be interesting to see where they take the series from here and if they can bring in someone who can do the X-Men justice.