Tuesday, May 5, 2015

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writers:  Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Cast:       Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. It is a sequel to X-Men: First Class which was origins installment of the franchise. The next one, X-Men: Apocalypse, will be a sequel to Days of Future Past and will complete the trilogy.

I am not a fan of these DC/Marvel films and don't understand how people can really watch these ones as most of them are utter shit. Only other film I have seen from the X-Men series is the prequel to this one, First Class, and I watched it basically because of Matthew Vaughn and Michael Fassbender. It was quite well received but I thought it was thoroughly average with some boringly long action sequence at the end. The whole concept of mutants with special skills is really stupid since evolution of such functions take place over a larger time period and several generations. I guess one shouldn't pick holes in such comic book films but got to say Jupiter Ascending had a very scientifically accurate idea behind its setup even though script and acting were bit of a letdown. 

Having said all that, Days of Future past is a very good watch with the focus much on the story rather than action sequences. The central theme in X-Men franchise is the conflict between Professor (James McAvoy), who wants cooperation between humans and mutants, and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who is antagonistic towards humans and considers them as a threat to the mutants. Date that Wolverine send back to is 1973 during the time of Paris accords aiming to end the war in Vietnam. Peter Dinklage is a scientist who sees mutants as a threat to humans. Mystique is supposed to have killed him but got caught on the act and her DNA was used to create a machine which can easily kill mutants by adapting to fight against it. So the idea is to prevent Mystique from doing it and thus altering the past to affect the future conflict between humans and mutants. Film is very witty and what makes it a great watch is the presence of such a stellar cast. Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique is bit of a pain in the arse but rest of them are great fun. The best sequence in the whole film is a set-piece inside the Pentagon where Quicksilver steals everyone's thunder. 

Overall it is a very good watch and I think if I revisit First Class I might enjoy it more. Familiarity with the back-stories or what the characters go on to do will determine how much you enjoy these films. Maybe that is the reason why I really don't like these kind of films since I am not a comic book reader and people who are might find all the references thrown in to be quite good to make them an interesting watch. The next one in the franchise, Apocalypse, is slated for release in 2016 will be set in 1983 and will again be directed by Bryan Singer.

Rating: 4/5