The End versus The Beginning
I’ve never been that much of a fan of the X-Men series, more often than not preferring something more in the range of Spider-man or Iron Man, but I’ve always had an intrigue with the universe and its silver-screen adaptations. The first two X-Men movies were great, which were then unfortunately followed up by two rather disastrous entries (X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The last couple of years have seen two new X-Men movies come out, those being X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine, which were both pretty good compared to the last outings. I was a bit torn on how the new iteration would go, but after watching Days of Future Past I can happily say that this is the best X-Men movie to date, and by far the best Marvel movie in a long while.
Comprising of an all star cast from the original X-Men trilogy and First Class, Days of Future Past shines with excellent performances from all involved. Hugh Jackman leads the fray however, and his humorous approach to Wolverine never seems to disappoint. Likewise, performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are top-notch as well, capturing the much younger versions of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr with great depth. Attempting to put so many stars on screen can be a problem for some films (most notably Spider-man 3), but Days of Future Past thrives with its cast, giving all of them a great amount of screen time and having it feel as balanced as it can be within the stories limits.
One of the most impressive parts about Days of Future Past is its intricate story which melds both the new and old cast together to practically save the world from the end of days. It has its dark moments and it has its humorous ones, but the feeling of the unknown is consistent throughout the films 2 hour duration and makes for entertaining viewing throughout. I believe that this is the most well developed and most coherent X-Men story adapted to screen to date, genuinely because it is so entertaining to watch and plays with your heart strings that much more. From the opening sequence right up until the end, it’s clear that the danger the story presents is as real and dark as it gets, and it was refreshing to see such a dark story unravel on screen compared to Marvel’s previous two offerings this year (The Amazing Spider-man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
The cinematography in Days of Future Past is as equally as dark as it is beautiful, from the wonderful vistas of the city of the past to the dark, overturned world of the future, Days of Future Past never ceases to amaze when it comes to eye-candy on screen. It’s beautiful to look at and to just take in, even when darkness falls and all looks to be lost. Likewise, the visual effects crew on the film have done an equally excellent job in making the film feel real and look great as well with this being a Marvel film and all, you’d expect nothing less.
X-Men: Days of Future Past’s score is another wonderful extra layer to the already excellent offerings, driving home the emotion that’s portrayed on screen and the despair that is shared by all who inhabit the earth during what could be its final days. In addition to that, the score when we travel back to the past encompasses the feeling of 1970s America and the joys that rive from that. Kristopher Gee has done an excellent job in giving the film that extra ‘oomph’ that it really needed to portray such intense subject matter on screen. Whether it be the humorous tones in the past or the dark tones in the future, it all moulds together into one great score that reflects how wonderful the film really is. I couldn’t really conjure together any negatives for the film as it really encompasses what a superhero film should be, even though it’s so dark in nature.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is honestly the best superhero movie I’ve seen in a long while. It manages to mould together a stellar cast and have it feel as balanced as it possibly could be and portray and excellently crafted, at times very ominous and dark story that was difficult not to become emotionally involved in. The cinematography is incredible, the visual effects are stunning and the score caps it all off wonderfully. This is the best X-Men movie ever made and this is the best superhero movie I’ve seen since The Dark Knight. Bryan Singer, take a bow, as you’ve managed to pull me into the X-Men universe and I now can’t wait for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence