I usually try to avoid spoilers in my reviews but I don’t think I will be able to do the movie justice if there aren’t any spoilers….so be warned:
Okay, you’ve got the idea that this review contains spoilers? Great! Then read on…
Days of Future Past is essentially a clever reboot of the X-men movies because everybody died in the last one (and subsequent previous movies).
The premise is that Wolverine is sent back in time to prevent the future from happening, a future in which sentinels are destroying mutants. This all stems from Mystique killing Dr Trask in 1973 to prevent his manufacture of these sentinels. She succeeds but is caught and her DNA is used to create sentinels that can adapt and are virtually indestructible.
In 2023 mutants and the humans who help them are doomed.
Xavier decides to go back in time to change the future. The pivotal moment was the point where Mystique kills Trask and is caught. If Xavier can change this, then the future will be a whole lot different. He seeks the help of Kitty Pryde who can send back a person’s consciousness into their past. The problem with this is that she can send them back a few weeks at most, not decades. Sending them back that far could harm them, or even kill them. It is decided that Wolverine should be the one to go back because he can heal.
The movie focuses on Wolverine trying to persuade a young Xavier (Charles) and Magneto (Erik) to work together to fix the future.
The cinema let out a sigh of delight when Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stepped out of bed in 1973 and we got a delightful full naked back shot including his perfect posterior! Worth going for that alone ladies?
Michael Fassbender plays a young Erik very well. He convey’s Erik’s want to save the mutant species fantastically well and is as passion and driven in his beliefs as he is in later life. Does that make him a bad guy? I suppose technically yes but I can understand his motivations and the want to protect his people.
That said, it is odd seeing Charles so broken and vulnerable. I’m used to the calm, controlled character played so well by Patrick Stewart but everybody has a past, right?
Jennifer Lawerence as Mystique is gorgeous as ever but my favorite scene by far was one with Peter (Quicksilver). Obviously in 1973, Peter is a teenager and that really comes across in his attitude! I’m not going to give too much away but the scene where he breaks out Erik is fabulous, really well done and well thought out. I loved it and it even topped Hugh Jackman’s butt!
All in all, a pretty good movie. I am a bit of a Magneto/Xavier (Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellan) fan girl though so I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of them.
A lot of people were raving about Peter Dinklage as Dr Trask but I wasn’t bowled over. Dinklage is fabulous as Tyrion in Game of Thrones but I found Trask quite a boring character, probably more to do with the character itself than Dinklage’s acting ability.
Also, the whole reboot ‘look we’ve gone back and changed the past’ thing felt a bit contrived. It was a bit like that scene in Dallas where Pam wakes up and the whole previous series has been a dream. I felt a bit hard done by, especially as Jean Grey is back. Wolverine killed her! I felt the pain of his loss!! but you know what, it’s all okay now because the future is different!!
That said, I did enjoy the movie and would definitely recommend that you go and see it.