X-Men: Days of Future Past

Out Now On-Demand

Time-travelling storyline brings together the two X-Men universes created by directors Bryan Singer (X-MenX2) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy reprise their roles as Professor Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender will return as Magneto. Halle Berry and Ellen Page from Singer’s trilogy and Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult from Vaughn’s film also star. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage will play the main villain.

Based on Marvel's 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

131mins

Rating: M Violence and offensive language

USA

With Bryan Singer returning to the X-Men series and the film tapping into one of the comic books' most well-regarded storylines (written and drawn by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the guys who made the X-Men cool), X-Men: Days of Future Past represents the franchise's best opportunity for something special in a while.

The resulting work does a pretty nifty job of tidying up the series' convoluted and contradictory chronology, and features a couple of pretty cool set-pieces, but it's not the triumph it was surely designed to be.

Despite the ambition of the time travel story, the narrative feels narrow. The epicness is stated rather that shown, and the world created consequently feels a bit small. The films' treatment of the Mystique character has always veered away from the source material, but it's hard to see her centrality here as anything more than a reflection of Jennifer Lawrence's rising star.

Evan Peters makes am impression as Quicksilver, but he checks out of the movie early on, suggesting that he was perhaps a last-minute addition. The awe-inspiring set-piece focused on his super-speed abilities is the best thing in the movie, and nothing that happens afterwards lives up to it.

X-Men: Days of Future Past veers between interesting and insipid for much of its running time. Singer's affection for the characters is clear, but the script is mostly sombre platitudes, and lacks the critical playfulness that Joss Whedon brought to The Avengers.

Could've been much worse though.

Total Film (UK)

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Singer has refreshed the series with blasts of his original entries’ X-factors...

Empire (UK)

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Several parts of the story feel undernourished... But what we do get here is largely fantastic.

Guardian (UK)

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If you come to [the franchise] fresh, it can be like trying to follow two games of chess at once.

Variety (USA)

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Touches genuine chords of feeling over the course of the film’s fleet 130-minute running time.

Hollywood Reporter

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Shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe.

At The Movies (Australia)

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Amazing what substance in performance can do to distract from the incredible and incredibly silly. It's an enjoyable romp which slightly overplays its hand at the end.

Awesome

Hubby & I loved this film. We had recently watched all the X Men & both Wolverine's before going too see it. Its a fantastic film. Will watch again. Love Marvel Films & comics


X Men

First film that I have seen from this franchise. I thought the storyline plot was brilliantly slotted into the right places and scenes that kept the flow of the film going and kept me enthralled. I also noticed that where there were scenes with lines seldom been spoken was made up for in the characters actions, facial expressions and settings. I am thinking of Halle Berry who had few lines in this movie but made up for it in actions and expressions.

Overall the acting performances by all the cast members was excellent.


Not An Epic Movie

This is a complex story to try and turn into a movie because of the number of super heroes involved.They did well explaining the story to the viewer as it is set in the future and the past.It all works and holds together well but does focus more on the heroes rather than involving the surroundings.


The renew we were waiting for

Letting aside some of my comics-reader expectations (The Wolverine versus Kitty Pride), I enjoyed this one as I thought I would never enjoy a X-Men movie anymore.

All I wish now is for them to keep it this way.


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Years after directing X2, Bryan Singer returns for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the most ambitious, complex X-Men film yet. Perplexing strangers to the X-Men universe. Catch up on your mutant knowledge before watching this one. For the fans, Days of Future Past is incredibly entertaining. The movie opens in a Terminator 2: Judgement Day type future where the world has been taken over by the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to destroy the mutants. Just like every other X-Men movie, the plot is Wolverine-centered. It's hard to call that a negative, because Hugh Jackman plays the character with such perfection. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are legendary as Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Yet James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are just as terrific playing the younger Professor X and Magneto. Despite not having much screen time, Quicksilver stole every scene he was in. Jennifer Lawrence nails it as Mystique. Peter Dinklage is great as Dr. Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. The storytelling is invigorating. The action is exciting, leading up to a destructive climax. X-Men: Days of Future Past is exhilarating superhero escapism. Next up, X-Men: Apocalypse.


X-Men

It was exciting, the score was great and Peter Dinklage and James McAvoy stole the show for me.