A leviathan in scale and bursting with action, Days Of Future Past is a whole lot of fun (and also a miracle in itself for not being an utter disaster)
The film’s plot is impossible to divulge in just one sentence, so here we go *takes deep breath*. Young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy) must team up to stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinkalge) from creating mutant hunting sentinels, which it turns out murder a whole lot of people, and also turn the Earth into some sort of neon-apocalypse. So Old Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to alter the course of history, and to save the world.
…Glad I got that mouthful of a synopsis out of the way…
Now if the whole hootenanny sounds headache provokingly complex and a little bit silly – that’s because it is. The film zaps through near-on a dozen different locations around the world, and juggles the young First Class cast along with the original X-Men. The focus is certainly on the younger members of the cast, with Jennifer Lawrence given a far bigger part this time around after winning an Oscar, but still stuck in a skin-tight outfit to titillate teenage boys. Fortunately (and maybe surprisingly) the film isn’t a complete failure. Days Of Future Past is actually a lot of fun.
The highlight of the film is the prison break. Here we find Wolverine (still comically ripped) and Charles (who is now, oddly, a drug addict) enlisting the help of Quicksilver (a thieving young whippersnapper) to break Magneto (Fassbender Fassbender Fassbender) out of prison. The sequence is lightning paced, very funny, and just a joy to behold.
As mentioned before, the immense cast does prove to be a handful. Ian McKellen, the legend himself, is reduced to spending a lot of time standing around and not doing or saying much at all. Which is a great shame. In fact, the same can be said for a lot more of the cast, cast members that I cannot be bothered to name here (if they contribute so little to the film why talk about them? I’m looking at you Hale Berry). All that is to be said on the issue is that YOU WILL RECOGNISE SOME PEOPLE.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is by no stretch the best superhero movie ever, maybe not even the best this year. It’s a miracle that the film didn’t collapse in on itself; there is just that much going on, so kudos to director Bryan Singer and the gang. The film’s greatest strength is its great sense of fun and adventure, but apart from being an enjoyable summer treat, this outing just doesn’t have much else going for it. We should be thankful that this entry into the franchise wasn’t such a debacle that it killed the whole series off. Or should we…