Reviews: X-Men: Days of Future Past
I just got back from X-Men: Days of Future Past and man, did I ever love that film. It felt like a really long movie, I don’t mean that in a bad way by any means but I am finding myself having trouble putting together everything that happened in it so that I can talk about it more. I suppose we’ll just go along the list of things that crossed my mind while I was watching it and I’ll naturally not spoil anything.
The quality of the movie on a strictly visual level is top notch. Nearly every scene is immaculate and with the exception of one particular green screen scene with Michael Fassbender that is still awesome. I was getting tingles from nearly the first minute of the film to the very end. The cast of mutants is quite varied, admittedly you only see some of them during the future parts of future past but even then its a delight. They needed to keep this film shorter than ten hours long and I understand that doing something like that requires moving through material at a consistent pace.
You may have noticed that the sentinels looked different from their comic book counterparts for this film and that might have turned you away from wanting to see it. These sentinels are most certainly different and in all the right ways. They were absolutely terrifying, monsters creations of the darkest recesses of the human mind. The way they moved and the abilities that they possessed lead to some relatively intense fight scenes that left me wondering “Really? We can do this in PG-13?” I find it amusing that a breast is too much for a kid but watching folks get their necks snapped or being literally torn in half isn’t a big deal. Again, I won’t tell you who, what, or where. But needless to say those sentinels were creepy as all hell.
The sound design is just as good as the filming itself. Every bit of music and every placement of sound helps to elicit a sense of excitement in you. I was on the edge of my seat (which might partially be because it reclined and I was sliding) for much of the film. Every moment of despair courses through your veins just like every moment of camp and laughter gets you high. This is a movie of ups and downs and each one of them is great.
Speaking of everyone. The casting in this film is phenomenal. All the worst casting choices of the original trilogy are relegated to bit roles with basically no lines or impact. All the best casting choices get front and center time on the screen while a slew of new people really kill. Evan Peters plays Quicksilver and he absolutely destroys that part. It was wonderful and I loved every second he was on screen. Though, being Quicksilver, he’s not often on screen.
Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy both return as Magneto and Professor X (as do Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart), Hugh Jackman takes his role as Wolverine, and Jennifer Lawrence takes up the part of Mystique. Ever the mutant to prematurely send boys into puberty [Same could be said about Jackman or Fassbender I’m sure].
I really have no complaints about the cast. Peter Dinklage eats up the screen and I found myself absolutely hating him. I mean it, he was supposed to be a character I hate and he sold it completely. That man can probably do no wrong and I like to think he knew this film would be great before agreeing to be a part of it.
The action scenes are awesome as hell. They repeatedly did things I wasn’t expecting in new and clever ways and it kept everything nice and saucy. The film is not without its flaws, not that any movie really is, but they were far and few between. Little things that really came down to “If they did X then the movie would be 9 minutes long.” kind of problems. The reason these never happen in movies is that nobody wants to spend ten dollars watching a film that’s as long as a commercial break.
But every little criticism I can think of is nitpicking. This was a wonderful experience that I put up there with Captain America 2 in terms of quality. If this is where this cast is going I can’t wait for the third film. I don’t want to spoil the after credits scene but for those of you that don’t know who the next villain is, you’ll be excited. If you know anything about that particular character you’ll end up looking them up and getting excited.
I’m still feeling kinda spooked by those Sentinels. Man…great movie. Go see it!