My 2014 Movies: X-Men Days of Future Past (#9)

Marvel has been hitting their films out of the park in recent years. That’s why I have no guilt with placing every single Marvel outing from 2014 into the top 10 of this countdown. Let’s begin with one of the few franchises that are no part of the MCU as of right now. While it can be said that the X-Men franchise has had a rockier road compared to other Marvel franchises, I’m glad to say that this is probably the best X-Men film ever made.

X-Men: Days of Future Past acts both as a sequel to First Class and a futuristic reimagining of the original X-Men trilogy. (It’s very hard to explain).

The future brings about death and ruin to all mutants and many humans by a near-invincible, artificially force known as Sentinels. The war for mutant survival is on its last leg as the remaining mutants formulate a plan that can change this dark future for the better. With the help of a young mutant named Kitty Pryde, Wolverine’s consciousness is sent back into the 1970s in order to stop the creation of the Sentinels from ever occurring. However, such a task requires the help of a younger, much less noble Professor Xavier.

I am incredibly serious when I say this is the best X-Men movie, or at least one of the best. It was a brilliant way to resuscitate this previously tired film franchise and steer it in a way that makes continuital sense at the same time. I’m not sure I should even call it a reboot, but I guess that’s not too far from the description.

It would be incredibly difficult to describe the movie’s writing in a way that wouldn’t spoil the ending. Let’s just say that this film’s very existence improves any and every future X-Men film by about 30%. It eliminates the controversy that exists with The Last Stand, and saves us from never-ending straw grasps at the hit-and-miss Wolverine Origins movies. It also maintains the First Class cast and the trilogy cast for future projects. It’s a game-changer to say the least, on top of being a great movie in general.

The writing is a major strong-suit for this film, mainly in the way the characters interact with each other. One thing very important to any crossover (which is another appropriate term for the movie more or less) is the interaction between characters. A strong dynamic between your characters makes a crossover seem fluid and natural.

You’ll find that Wolverine and Professor Xavier have incredibly strong chemistry with one another. The relationship is best described as an old friend trying to take you out of the most major slump of your life. After the events of First Class, Xavier has found a way to sacrifice his mutant abilities in exchange for mobility by use of a drug. This leaves him addicted to the drug and compromises his ability to assist Wolverine.

One very smart factor they added to Wolverine in this movie is that while he is in the past he can’t harness his famous temper. This makes him have to appease Xavier through other means; means he doesn’t usually have to use. Instead of yelling at him and resorting to violence, he has to understand his psyche and help him see the light through verbal means. This advances the Wolverine character and gives an interesting basis for the two characters to work on.

Returning from previous films is Xavier’s fantastic, symbiotic relationship with Magneto. This is one of my favorite pairings in any Marvel film, because they have such a complex existence with each other. Both within the continuity of First Class and the original trilogy, the two continue to pursue what I can only call their “tragic friendship”.

While I am talking of character interactions and performances, the acting is incredible as one can expect. I don’t even have to explain this to you seeing that 90% of the cast come from past installments of X-Men.  To sit here and tell you that Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, and everyone else in the film are perfect for their roles would be silly, because any X-Men fan will already know. One thing I can say is that James McAvoy gives my favorite performance of the movie as Professor Xavier.

The action scenes are once again incredible. Not seeing the film for nearly a year, I can still recall the climax of the film where Magneto lifts a freaking baseball stadium to attack everyone. There’s the fight and chase sequence with Mystique toward the middle that was intense. The introduction to Quicksilver’s fighting ability was brilliantly humorous and visually impressive. This film certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to action.

The music of the film has a good bunch of instrumental to it, seeing that this film is a little more emotional than other X-Men movies. Mixed within are your occasional radio tune (mainly the scene with Quicksilver). There’s pulse-pounding music to accompany the action and slower, quieter sounds to accompany the emotional parts.

Production values are great in this film from camerawork to direction. It’s something to be expected for any Marvel or Fox production, especially if it’s X-Men.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is in my eyes the best X-Men movie you could ever see. I highly recommend this film, especially to Marvel fans, comic book fans, X-Men fans, and action movie fans. If you haven’t seen an X-Men movie before, I’d say give it a go only if you watch X-Men: First Class first and have a decent understanding of the first three movies. If you have given up on X-Men movies, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.

I was shocked by how much I loved this movie. I’m not the hugest X-Men movie fan, but this is truly a great time.

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