Since the first installment of the X-Men movie series in 2000, the cinematic history of the Wolverine and the X-Men has the Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, as the glue that connects all of the stories together. And why not? As portrayed by Mr.Jackman, he’s a charismatic loner albeit a dangerous, complex, and hot-tempered mutant prone to fits of rage and violence. Toss in some retractable claws and a nearly unlimited healing ability and you get quite the compelling protagonist. Case in point, the just released “X-Men: Days of Future Past” directed by Bryan Singer. The X-Men in the future are in deep trouble. They desperately need someone who has amazing healing abilities allowing the person to travel 50 years into the past by way of powerful psychic but brain damaging means. Enter Wolverine.
How’s the Story?
Complicated but fast moving. There’s a lot of the prerequisite ripple effect theory of time thrown into the mix. Also you’ll need to have seen the other installments of the X-Men movies to follow a variety of plot points in the storyline. Without giving away any spoilers, the movie is action packed, well acted and a step above any of the previous X-Men related films. Wolverine being thrust into the past of the early 1970s offers up a fascinating look at the time period as well as opportunities for introductions to never before seen on the big screen X-Men characters. One major highlight would be Quicksilver played whimsically by Evan Peters who shines in the best action sequence of the movie.
How are the Special Effects?
Director Bryan Singer has finally gotten a grasp on how to capture true comic book X-Men themed action sequences. In previous attempts, the direction of the narrative scenes were commendable but the action sequences fell short. Just seeing Iceman ride on his self made ice bridges while battling the bad guys warmed this viewer’s heart. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” marks a special effects milestone and sets the bar higher for future installments. Oddly enough though, the movie version of Wolverine remains somewhat underpowered compared to his comic book version on the agility and fighting skills ability front. Perhaps Hugh Jackman doesn’t like to use wires for stunt work?
The movie is rated PG-13, can I take my younger kids to see it?
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” does possess a lot of intense, dark scenes and violence. Depending on your kids, I’d limit it to ages 10 and up. Or one could just wait for the small screen release which might be a less jarring experience.
Any opportunities for Bathroom Breaks during the movie?
As mentioned previously, the movie is fast-paced. That being said, I’d opt for the scene when Wolverine first arrives back in the 1970s.
Overall Grade: B+
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Pros: Fun action sequences. Well acted with a stellar cast. Best X-Men movie to date.
Cons: Peter Dinklage is underutilized in the role of Dr. Bolivar Trask. Wolverine once again front and center as Protagonist.
X:Men Days of Future Past official Trailer
What’s your take?