X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) / action, adventure, fantasy
Directed by Bryan Singer
Screenplay by Simon Kinberg
Story by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
Based on Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont John Byrne
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto
This is the first X men film with the original and the young cast. Film focuses on two time periods and how Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is being sent to 1973 to save the future of mutantkind. In the future sentient robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants. Only a small band of mutant survivors manage to evade the Sentinels thanks to the powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) who has the ability to project a person's consciousness back in time to deliver warnings. Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) agree that there is little choice but to send Wolverine in the past to change the crucial event when Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) killed Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and sparked the creation of Sentinels.
You know I love the X-Men franchise, so this review is a bit partial. First of all, I love this cast and characters so much! They are all beyond great and really amazing actors! Then again, because the movie has so many characters, unfortunately some of them don't get enough screen time. But the one that do don't disappoint! Once again convincing perfromances by Hugh, Michael, James, Jennifer, Ian and Patrick. Brilliant job guys! The story. Different time-lines can be tricky to do and hard to follow but thanks to a clever script with an awesome part for Logan, we never get lost. Film has a nice pace, occasional humour, doesn't rush and maintains a rare balance between character-driven human drama, their relationships and a popcorn action packed flick. Speaking of which, some scenes are so cool (like Magneto and the stadium)! Just terrific special effects! And the slow motion camera work, amazing! The more I think about the film, the more things I loved! On the downside. I can say there is nothing really new but it's still different vibe from other X-Men movies. It's entertaining and an X-citing film with superb characters and cast, solid story, great action, visuals and definitely worth seeing. 4/5
P.S. 1: Don't forget to stay in your seat till the very end of the film (after the credits)! :) Can't wait for next X-Men: Apocalypse!
P.S. 2: Sir Ian McKellen is celebrating his 75th Birthday today! Congrats!
P.S. 3: If you haven't seen X-Men films before I strongly suggest you watch them before going to see this one. It will just make more sense if you do.