This is one of the few times in which the movie is better than the comic.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a non-stop thrill that will keep you entertained throughout the entire film. It begins in the near future where specially designed mutant-killing robots called Sentinels are trying to exterminate all of the world’s mutants. However, there is a resistance – a small group of freedom fighters made up of classic X-Men characters such as Magneto, Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Bishop, Blink, Sunspot and Warpath. Clearly this movie attempts to cram as many X-Men characters as it can. The freedom fighters are outmatched by the Sentinels, so they just keep running and trying to find a solution to their woes.
Fortunately, Kitty Pryde somehow has the ability to send people back in time. In the Days of Future Past comic, it was Kitty Pryde who traveled back in time with the help of another mutant who had time travel abilities. The filmmakers realized that it would be much more exciting to send back Wolverine and not an adolescent girl who can walk through walls.
The movies greatest strength is the acting. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprise their roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto. They are good, but the showstoppers are their counterparts, James McAvoy as a young Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as a younger Magneto. Watching these actors bounce off each other is incredible. McAvoy’s Charles Xavier is a defeated man who wants to be left in solitude after losing the ability to walk and almost all of his students from X-Men: First Class. Although Patrick Stewart has the Charles Xavier look and offers a great performance, the character created by McAvoy is brilliant.
You would think that giant apocalyptic robots would be enough of a villain, but the movie also features the illustrious Peter Dinklage, who plays Dr. Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. Dinklage can do no wrong. His character is a corrupt, paranoid scientist who turns every loss into a victory for his end goal of mutant annihilation.
The special effects in the movie are enough to get people in the theater. Watching Magneto rip a football stadium off the ground and use it to enclose the White House is amazing.
The movie borrows necessary elements from the comics while making appropriate changes. However, the movie leaves many questions unanswered. We receive no definitive answer to how Charles Xavier is alive after dying in X-Men: The Last Stand, or how Magneto got his powers back. With that being said, if the filmmakers are willing to forget that movie exists, then so are we.
This movie rewrites the entire X-Men universe. All mistakes made by past films can now be amended. Hopefully this means that we will get an actual Deadpool movie and not pretty boy Ryan Reynolds chopping bullets in half.
Written by: Jacob Yothment