Quick note: I would have had his posted sooner, but our vacation fell at the time of writing my review.
Review by Tres
Time travel with awesome affects is probably the best way I can describe X-Men: Days of Future Past.
I have already read a couple different “fanboy” sites where the movie is getting beat up because it doesn’t hold true to the 1981 comic story line.
Now, Bryan Singer said from the beginning in planning the movie that the movie was being written from the ideas of the story line, but it would NOT be based on the comic book itself.
If you want to see the comic’s story line on film, don’t see this movie.
If you want to see a mutant filled movie that keeps you constantly on edge and is full of incredible affects… Go see it!
The premise of the movie is shown in the trailers: the future is a horrible reality where mutants and any human that had a possibility of having descendants that are mutants, the self-controlled robots, known as sentinels, are hunting them and killing them. Sentinels can identify those genetic traits and seek each mutant out to destroy it as well as any human with the genes that may have a mutant descendant. [There’s a Minority Report similarity; read our moral dilemma on that here.] Mutants can battle giant metal robots with some success in the comic book world. However, in the future the Sentinels have advanced to being able to change and adapt instantly to whatever mutant power they face.
I’m not really sure that I could even tell you every mutant that is in this movie (and I am intentionally leaving a few out), especially having only seen it one time [REALLY hoping to be able to see it again soon]. However, some cool ones are there (X-Force and Age of Apocalypse) and they even have large parts.
Sunspot, Warpath, Bishop and Blink make an early appearance with Iceman, Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat and Colossus. The 2 best things about this scene are: 1) the special effects are awesome! Iceman turns into his ice form and battles on his ice sled (something I have longed to see since my days of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends).
It’s not just him though. Sunspot turns to his sun energy form. Colossus is also in his metal form, and though seen before, he is more often metal and appears more real than in the previous X movies. Blink’s space tunnels are awesome. Bishop absorbs energy to use. I could go on.
2) The second best part of this is that we have all of the original cast members for Kitty (Ellen Page), Bobby(Shawn Ashmore), and Piotr/Peter (Daniel Cudmore). Sequels with different actors just simply frustrate me. (A pet peeve that started for me with Back To The Future when they replaced Jennifer from Parker Wells in BttF1 to Elisabeth Shue for the 2nd and 3rd installment.)
Then you have Xavier entering with Wolverine and Magneto. Original trilogy actors, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen returning to their roles, as well. (BTW: Xavier’s future hovering chair is an awesome adaptation taken from the comics.)
A plan begins to unfold for Kitty to send Wolverine’s conscience back in time. A trick she has mastered to help keep the mutants alive for the past several years. Hours and days she has been successful with, but she’s never done decades before.
Wolverine’s conscience has to be returned to his past self to the moment when the sentinels are financially supported by the American government and their creator, Dr. Bolivar (Peter Dinklage), finds a way to create their adaptive defenses.
As things begin to unfold in the future, the true plot comes forth: 1 mutant caused all of this. They must go back in time and stop her. Yes “her”. The one mutant that Xavier and Magneto have both loved: Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Wolverine becomes conscious in a room about to be attacked and with… bone claws? He has made it to the past. In the past a plan is made between Wolverine, Charles (James McAvoy), and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult). They then seek out Magneto (Michael Fassbender), freeing him from prison… (with special assistance that I will reference shortly)…, and getting his agreement to help stop Mystique.
Once the team of four are on the path to find Mystique, things take a change. Though Magneto (future) is working with Xavier and the other mutants side by side, Magneto (past) has chosen a different course than what has been decided by his teammates
So in the end, the way they change the future…
Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out.
This movie is visually Marvel-ous. I truly loved watching the mutants demonstrating their talents and mutations.
I feel like Jennifer Lawrence transcended anything she did in First Class. Her portrayal of Mystique is perfection from her image, to her persona, and her style of fighting. Marvel-ous.
Seeing the original cast back on screen is fabulous. Mixing them with many of the First Class cast was just fantastic. (FYI: Some of the First Class characters have been killed by Dr. Bolivar and therefore are not present in the film.) The 2 casts working together as the past and future are rotated on screen is simply Marvel-ous.
Then… Quicksilver suddenly added to the First Class/Past era was Marvel-ous-er! Quicksilver, though I don’t care for his look, makes an awesome appearance and contribution to the team (past) and the movie.
On top of that, he adds several laugh-out-loud moments to the movie; example, weapon of choice… silver duct tape.
For some the time-travel idea gets a little tricky. For others time-travel becomes a physics/science thing and they simply can’t stand it in movies. For hero fans, especially comic readers, we are aware of the concept of time travel and alternate universes. I feel that Singer does a great job with the smooth transition between future and past and how they are connected to action in changing course. (the Butterfly Affect concept)
When thinking about the movie, there were two thought provoking scenes. One is where the consciousness of past Xavier and future Xavier are able to connect and speak.
The other, which I want to delve into, is a discussion between Hank McCoy and Charles Xavier (past). Charles believes Mystique can be saved: plain and simple. Hank questions it though. Hank speaks about a theory that people are destined to be what they are going to be. That no matter what you do you will end up in the same spot. Therefore, Mystique is due to be lost.
Charles leans forward and calmly looks at Hank and tells him, “I simply do not choose to believe that.”
These two concepts are also seen in Christianity and the world. The concept that we all have a fate, one that cannot be changed or altered, would be what is referred to by some as “determinism”. Charles believing that Mystique can be saved by actions and choices is what some call “libertarian free will.”
I am a true believer in God’s Omniscience. Job 28:24 tells us that God sees all and Isaiah 46:9 tells us that he has known the plan from the beginning and prophesied the future. He is an all knowing God (1John 3:20) that sees everything (Heb 4:13).
However, the Gospel does not preach about predestination in a way that disallows free will, cancels personal choices, or impedes a change in outcome.
Just the opposite is taught in the Gospel. We are told that sin keeps us from God, but that our sins can be forgiven. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The key is the heart of the person. Repentance (a knowledge of wrong and a purposeful action to change the behavior) is the key. Luke 13:13 says without repentance we perish. Perishing is not what God wants for a single soul. (2Peter 3:9) However repenting must happen (Acts 3:19). Peter says it simplest of all in Acts 2:38 he said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
This is a 4.5 for me. I usually do not do a half, but there were a couple of things nagging at me that kept it from a perfect score.
Don’t get me wrong: this is a great movie and the best of any X-Men movie.
It’s worth paying to see.
I plan to pay again once I return from vacation
However, these are my 5 complaints…
1) Unexplained Life: How is Charles alive? In X3 he was disintegrated by Jean Gray. For that matter how is Jean alive? (Yes, she is alive in this movie and played by Famke Janssen.) Wait…Cyclops is alive too! (Yep, James Marsden is there.)
2) Dr Bolivar… UHG… different actor. It’s a rant of mine… enough said.
Original Dr. Bolivar New Dr… looks more like comic character
3) Over editing. Now understand I am an avid superhero fan. When a movie is coming out, I read about it on 6 different sites and I follow the production posts, etc, until the movie comes out. Scenes were taken out that would have been great. There was originally a side mission for Xavier and Magneto (Future) dealing with Rogue. (Yes, Anna Paquin is back. However, she doesn’t deserve the top billing that she received.) I was looking forward to this scene and I can only hope there will be a Director’s extended cut with it included. (YES… it was indeed filmed.)
4) Sentinels: The Sentinels (past) are pretty awesome at their reveal. Their image is very similar to comic design. However, they are much smaller than portrayed in the books. Sentinels rip roofs off of houses and grab mutants in a single hand. These Sentinels are much smaller.
HOWEVER… I’m not a fan of the alien looking Sentinels of the future!
5) Twins: Wait… that doesn’t look like twins!
Non-comic addicts may not know that Quicksilver has a twin sister; Scarlet Witch. (always dressed in pink and red) He does though, and this doesn’t look like a set of twins.
The twins also recently appeared in Captain America: Winter Soldier. Watch it here.
*****Most don’t know who their father is either.