Read the review of the X Men franchise’s latest installment
Director – Bryan Singer
Cast – Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart
Release Date – Friday, May 23
Superhero movies have really stepped up their game this year. The characters are getting more complex, the story-lines actually have some relevance and the writing and direction have improved vastly. Bryan Singer previously helmed two of the original X-Men movies, his ambitious new venture X-Men: Days Of Future Past (DoFP) hoped to breathe new life into the franchise. And the sequel to both X-Men First Class and The Wolverine did just that, and how. The trailers and initial fan reaction to the film has been overwhelmingly positive more so than the previous incarnations of the X-Men.
11 years after the first X-Men film hit the big screen, Singer once again manages to bring in all the elements that made the first film great. The main thing that DoFP had to do was wipe out the blight that was X-Men: The Last Stand, but it did much more than that, it actually showcased the essence behind the X-Men.
The plot of the film is vastly different than the comic book story-line it borrows from, although the main theme of time-travel is still the focal point of the film. The film begins with a powerful voice over in the year 2023 that summarises the need for hope in a world that’s been forced to forget what the word means. Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) have put aside their differences and are not working together against the infamous mutant hunting weapons, the Sentinels. After years of hunting mutants, the Sentinels have turned their attention to humans as well, effectively hunting all kinds of life, forcing people to fight in order to survive.
Professor X and Magneto realise that the point when the tide began to shift and the mutants began losing the war was in 1973 when Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) started the Sentinel programme. Much of the action of the film revolves around Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) as her capture after killed Trask sets off a chain reaction of events and ensures the impending war between humanity and mutants.
After the X-Men realise the point at which their dystopian future could be reversed, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) works out a way to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time, to temporarily possess his younger self’s mind and convince the 1973 versions of Xavier and Magneto to help him stop Mystique, and in the end alter history. But when Wolverine wakes up in the past, he finds a whole mess of problems including the fact that Magneto was always a megalomaniac, Xavier seems to have given up hope in addition to losing his powers, and Mystique for her own reasons is hellbent on killing Trask.