Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- The X-Men franchise is one of the longest enduring franchises in the comic book genre, but it was a fledging one after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Until three years ago, Matthew Vaughn took the series in a fresh new direction with the excellent X-Men: First Class. Now a whole new trilogy is developing to bridge the old and the new worlds of X-Men in a rather spectacular fashion.
In the near future, robotic beings known as Sentinels hunt down and massacre mutants all over the world. Mutant forces keep resisting, but it is a battle they are losing. In order to save their race, Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto send Wolverine into the past in order to prevent these events from ever occurring. In order to do so Wolverine must enlist the help of both a young Charles and Magneto to work together, even though they are bitter rivals. They must work together or else the fate of mutantkind is doomed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is quite ambitious. Adapting one of the most iconic X-Men stories for the big screen is a massive undertaking in and of itself and Bryan Singer and company do it very well. The film is a wonderful spectacle that equally balances action with the political allegories that the X-Men franchise has always dealt with. The movie mainly serves as a way to completely write two movies off of the canon, but it does it so well that you can forgive it.
The cast is filled with old favorites and they do their standard good work. Hugh Jackman is still fun to watch as Wolverine. James McAvoy plays a very different Charles Xavier than the one he played in First Class and does so wonderfully. Michael Fassbender continues to impress as the younger Magneto. Evan Peters is also worth noting for his debut as Quicksilver, with a fast run and attitude to match. He has some of the best parts of the movie, but was also underused. There are loads of other familiar faces from both franchises, but they are too good to spoil.
X-Men: Days of Future Past plays on the beats of what made the earlier films in the franchise so good and propels them to greater heights. Granted, there are some plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, but once the movie really gets going, it’s easy to suspend your disbelief. It’s not the best of the comic book films that are out there, especially since the genre’s changed so much, but it’s an enjoyable nostalgia trip with some pulse pounding sequences and action.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is now playing at theaters everywhere.