Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

With Bryan Singer back at the helm of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a thoroughly entertaining blockbuster.

With a dangerous and depressing future in store for both mutants and humans, Professor Xavier and the X-Men send Wolverine back to the past in order to prevent a catastrophic event that will shape the future…

X-Men: Days of Future Past is an accomplished superhero movie that works on the strengths of its predecessor X-Men: First Class, as well as the earlier X-Men films. The narrative takes a little while to get going, but the film does engage once it gets going. There are a couple of occasions when the pace slackens, but the film quickly recovers. When it is in full swing, X-Men: Days of Future Past entertains immensely, with a more pensive angle than viewers may expect.

Action sequences in X-Men: Days of Future Past work well. Bryan Singer’s direction is adept here. These scenes are effective because they are used sparingly; the film does not jump from set piece to set piece. Nevertheless, that is not to say that there are not a few fantastically executed sequences.

X-Men: Days of Future Past does rely on character development to embellish its plot. As such, the film does require its audience to have a rudimentary knowledge of the characters. Flipping between the time periods heightens tension and gives a good idea of what exactly is at stake. The screenplay is a highlight, with a number of characters having significant role to play. The humour is welcome.

Special effects in X-Men: Days of Future Past are great. The level of detail is superb. The score is also decent. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence do well reprising their roles, whilst Hugh Jackman embodies his most famous character. Evan Peters offers a good turn also.

Fans of X-Men: First Class will not be disappointed. A finely crafted addition to the franchise.