X-Men: Days of Future Past: Movie Review

There is no denying that what “X-Men: Days of Future Past” tries to achieve is nothing short of epic. The premise alone, the melding of past and future time lines, is a behemoth of a task to begin with. What we get is nothing short of both amazing and uncanny at the same time. While the story may have its shortcomings, overall this is one of the best films in the franchise and one that expectedly propels the franchise itself into a slew of more sequels to come.

A years-long world conflict between humans and mutants has taken its toll on their numbers. Worse, the robotic and unstoppable Sentinels that the humans designed to stop the mutants have decided that the humans themselves are part of the problem. Now, as humanity is in the ultimate brink of annihilation, the scant few mutants that remain, including Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), devise a desperate plan: Wolverine must time travel and convince Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that she shouldn't assassinate Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the man who created the sentinels and whose assassination ironically pushed the approval of the Sentinel program.

The strongest suit for "X-Men" Days of Future Past" is surprisingly not its story but its cast. Not because it is star-studded and one that combines the old and new casts into one humongous film but the performances themselves were stellar. Hugh Jackman as the lead is able to move the film as his character struggles to convince a total wreck and a maniac that they must work together to save the future making this easily as our favorite Wolverine portrayal out of all the films. The story itself was rather peculiar. We like how the overall picture makes sense but it also disappoints because it lacks the details. For example, we feel that the character of Bolivar Trask was underutilized and a lot of elements were left unexplained like why does Kitty Pride have time-travelling capability. Of note also is the film's humor. We loved all of them and they were well-made. Overall, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a serious move for the franchise. It is an amazing film considering it feels like a reboot, a prequel and a sequel and pulls it off well. While it may lack the usual action and flair, it compensates that and more with a character-driven story.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- this is one of the best films in the franchise and one that accomplishes a huge task as a prequel, sequel and a reboot
- film is able to balance everything. Serious, humor and more.

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story and plot is going to give you headaches
- does not explain everything well

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