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Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

When a chain of events threaten the future of mutant-kind, Charles Xavier sends Wolverine back in time & the X-Men are forced to work with the deadly Magneto.

X-Men: Days of Future PastSince 2000 the X-Men series has been a huge success. Encompassing 4 films and 2 Wolverine spin-offs, the franchise has made much of its rich comic-book origins. X-Men: Days of Future Past uses its history to tell a stirring tale.

Directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed the first 2 installments, it successfully blends the elements making the movies so watchable. Loaded with opulent special effects and high-octane action, it does justice to the characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decades ago.

When a chain of events threaten the future of mutant-kind, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time. Tasked with warning a young Xavier (James McAvoy), past and present must merge to battle the new threat. Forced to work with the deadly Magneto (James Fassbender/Ian McKellen), the uniting mutants take a final stand against those who seek to destroy them.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a production made with care. From Singer’s astute direction to the strong cast and gripping story, there is hardly a misstep. Old and new fans should find much to like as it gives an overview to why this series has been so successful. Usually a movie with multiple characters is a recipe for disaster although the plot gives each a chance to shine. The time-travel elements succeed without creating a murky narrative with the series’ foray into a new area of science fiction working splendidly.

It’s the action audiences want to see and there’s a lot on display. Singer ensures every punch and battle adds to the story. He also injects nice humorous touches without compromising the film’s integrity. This is a colourfully spectacular romp nicely slotting into the established mythology. It sets up events for other films without making it feel like an ad for a sequel – something weighing down similar works.

The latest X-Men installment provides a great ride. Restoring some of its lost lustre, the franchise benefits from the energy infusion Singer brings. It should do no harm to a superhero genre showing no signs of slowing down.

Reviewed by Patrick Moore

Rating out of 10:  8


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