Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past 3D
Running Time: 131 min
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Omar Sy
The mutant bunch is back. This time with a cast cross-over (the original trilogy vs. the "First Class" Reboot) and their old friend Bryan Singer from the first two films back in the director's chair. Also, with a subtitle like "Days of Future Past", we all knew we were in for some time travel.
The movie throws you right into the action, and you get to see a lot of new and old mutans showing off their powers in an awesome battle sequence. In general, this movie does a phenomenal job at portraying the individual "gifts" of the characters in a really awesome and at one point even artistic way (you'll know which scene, because it's the best one of the movie). Yes, this film is really good looking, be it the costumes, the powers or the almost creepy sentinels.
The cast has always been the strong point of the X-Men films and this installment is no exception. All of these excellent actors really dive into the characters and after six films you have almost no doubt that those people on screen really ARE Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto. Also, the size of the ensemble is handled very well, and the movie does not seem too crowded, due to the different states in time. Of course, the humor is placed in the exact right spot as usual and further, Singer references the other films of the franchise a lot, which makes it a bit less of a stand-alone film, but really rewards long time watchers.
Yet, the movie does have some problems:
The explanation for the existence of time travel for example is somewhere in between "the easy way out" and "non-existant", and some parts of the otherwise solid story (like the main characters leaving a very powerful ally behind) leave you with some question marks. And eventhough the moral component has always been an important part within the X-Men stories, this movie felt like it had one monologue/speech too many.
The very end of the film leaves X-Fans with new hopes that could as well be concerns, but i don't want to give too much away, so see for yourself! All in all, "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is a very good time and (if you save yourself the non-necessary 3D) worth watching in theatres. It's not THE strongest, but A strong new entry for the franchise and really changes things up! I'm curious for what's coming up!
For Fans of:
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Matrix Reloaded (2003)
And check out my friend's review over at B.A.'s Screentest for a second opinion!