DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
SYNOPSIS: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.
Professor Charles Xavier:
[to Logan] You're going to have to do for me what I once did for you...
Erik Lehnsherr: You'll need me as well... side by side to end this war, before it ever begins...
Have you noticed that slowly and steadily and with a pinch of sneakiness, the X-Men series has now crept up to its 7th movie? Seven movies! That’s a pretty good amount and I would say they have plenty of room to do more. There are so many characters, so many storylines, and so many possibilities in this franchise. These are some of the best superhero movies ever; not THE best but up there. Unfortunately I have a knack for talking in absolutes and extremes, so that being said, I would say that this is the best X-Men yet. It’s almost as if all, yes all, previous six films culminate in this one. I guess I’m a little biased because I’ve always had an affinity for movies that culminate a series. The bonus here is that this is most probably not a culmination at all. It will be difficult to discuss this movie without giving anything away but I will try my best. For instance, the cast is about as complete as one could want and that’s all I’m going to say about that. The next extreme statement: of all Marvel superhero movies, I would venture to say that this one has the best storyline. Believe it or not, the storyline is as big a star of the movie as the action (usually it’s the other way around in this genre). So yeah, the story is pretty good in this installment. As far as the continuity (how well this story stays true to all the events in the prior films) I would say that it’s accurate but don’t hold me to it because it wouldn’t surprise me that there was a slip here and there. I’ll admit that it does get a little confusing, so as I noticed that I was spending too much time trying to figure out the accuracy of the continuity I gave up and decided to just enjoy the movie, and I did, I really did.
This film is epic, of course, and intense, both dramatically and in action. It also has just the right amount of humor at just the right times. It also has a combination of humor and action in one particular scene that (my next extreme statement) is one the best scenes I’ve ever seen, ever. It was so incredibly enjoyable and fun. I call it the speed scene and you will know which one it is when you see it. This movie encompasses so much and yet still has the audacity to include new characters. I mean wow! It also does the whole Star Trek: Generations meets Back to the Future infused in X-Men. It’s only coincidence that Patrick Stewart is also Captain Picard. Oh yeah, and the special effects, totally crappy . . . NOT. But really, in today’s age, great special effects is a prerequisite. I guess a good portion of the success of this project can be attributed to Director Bryan Singer coming back to bring it all together. He did direct the first two so it’s only fitting. To close I want to comment on a little detail that I personally get a kick out of that occurs at the very beginning. Once again as the 20th Century Fox fades, the X stays lit longer. It’s a little somethin’ and I love it. Enjoy!
By Cine Marcos
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