Dave’s 3-Word Review:
I couldn’t blink.
Have you ever had a movie just…completely blew your mind? For me, it was literally the case for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Don’t take this the wrong way, because I’m already prone to them, but I get severe migraines and 3D movies are one of the many triggers. So yes, the movie gave me a headache, but in the best possible way (as far as 3D visuals go). I just like to say that the movie literally blew my mind. This was not only one of my most anticipated releases of the year, it was the most anticipated movie in my books, and I couldn’t wait to see it. Was it everything I ever dreamed of? The real answer to that is not exactly, but it most definitely didn’t disappoint either.
Giving you the plot outright has the potential to spoil everything, so I’ll try to watch what I write. The future sucks. Mutants are falling at the hands of giant futuristic robots that have the ability to adapt to their surroundings for both protection and the upper-hand to kill mutants and any human that will help them. So basically, Professor X and Magneto, with the help of other known faces, must send Wolverine into the past to talk their old selves into stopping Mystique from doing something catastrophic in the 1970’s. While he’s doing his thing in the past, future X-Men fight for their lives.
This is one of those movies that you just…don’t want to end. Ever. There is just so much to it that anything could happen. You remember J.J. Abram’s take on Star Trek in 2009, where it was both a sequel, prequel, and reboot at the same time? Well, the same sort of applies here, except that it is a sequel, sequel, and prequel at the same time. A sequel to The Wolverine, a sequel to X-Men: First Class, and a prequel to X-Men. That’s a lot to take in on it’s own, but somehow it works really well, and it is really fun and satisfying for us X-Men fans. Bryan Singer might also redeem himself from the hate that he’s collected for the series over the years as well.
Let’s talk about expectations. The trailers make you think one thing, and the movie sort of goes another route entirely, and that might really upset some audience members. I totally understand that. I wanted to see both X-Men working side-by-side in an epic battle. Only Wolverine goes back in time while the people in the future…don’t have all that much screen time. The screen time they do get is absolutely stunning and hugely nostalgic, but for the most part, this is a sequel to X-Men: First Class. Thing is, I’m absolutely fine with that. It took me a while to really accept it, but I remembered I loved the first movie, and this was turning out to be one heck of a movie.
This is a time travel movie, which means…anything can happen. Bryan Singer is known to take creative liberties with the franchise, so even though he’s made amazing movies in the past, there was always that slight chance where he might make things worse. In any case, the movie wasn’t predictable at all. That’s what I loved. It just kept going and going, action scene after action scene. You can’t blink or you’ll potentially miss something incredibly important.
This is a very, very epic movie. There is a lot to take in storywise, because it’s not a typical bad guy vs. good guy movie. It’s much more. It’s a lot more complex, but in my opinion it was put together really well, and they did their job in making sure you understood what was happening and where things were ultimately going. The story itself surprisingly had some really great hearfelt scenes. Some did feel a little melodramatic, but for the most part it was welcome – because this was a dark movie. It was all about the importance of hope, and how much influence one man can make in the world. It really is spectacular.
If you’re able to see it in 3D, I would definitely suggest doing so. It was filmed in real 3D, and the depth is pretty good. This is a 3D movie that you can tell is 3D and looks pretty darn good as well – the better the 3D, the higher the chance I get a headache, and I got a killer one tonight. Oh yeah, and the ending is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen all year. You don’t want to miss this movie, guys.
Almost everything was fantastic in this movie, it had a great story, amazing action, fantastic choreography and visuals, and your nostalgia is going to explode. Seriously. You won’t want this thing to end.
Most people had a certain expectation of what would happen in the movie, and it just doesn’t. You want to see more of the classic X-Men, and while what you see is really, really cool, you just don’t see as much of them as you’d like.
Professor Charles Xavier: Please… We need you to hope again…