X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
One of the image that stays with me after “X-Men: Days of the Future Past” is the one that highlights Quicksilver. Now I don’t bother myself to explain his origins because he also appears in “Captain America: the Winter Soldier.” If there’s one thing I didn’t expect from any movies based on a comic book (with the notable exception of “Batman”), it’s consistency. Even in a movie conceived as part of a larger universe that expects a continuity such as “The Avengers,” or this film.
Taken solely on its own, however, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is an awesome, superhero, summer tent-pole film. Bar none. I have small objections. And for a reason I’d rather not to unveil, I have to admit albeit begrudgingly that this is a film I would enjoy thoroughly. Every damn scene.
The bleak future when the Sentinels has won the war against mutants and has forced the last remnants of a once powerful X-Men are forever in hiding, pursued, surviving, is a very effective scene. Blink’s set-pieces are awesome and it effectively shown how desperate the mutants are against the Sentinels. And for good reasons. They are not supposed to win against the Sentinels and their valiant efforts, knowing full well that there’s no way out alive against these powerful foes, evokes a powerful imagery that we (at least I) want the X-Men to pull through with the scheme that would later sent Wolverine into the past. The climatic scenes alternating between the future and the past (I guess we are in the now), as cliche as it may seems, therefore worked very very well. Exhilarating is perhaps the right word.
X-Men is probably what JLA could have been for DC if they could pull that one through although, well, at this point I don’t believe that they could. The sheer amount of mutants, either the mere numbers of it or the quality of each makes “The Avengers,” itself an achievement that put DC-based superhero movies behind for years, if not decades, looks puny in comparison. The big names doesn’t disappoint, but the smaller ones are having their time to shine as well. I have mentioned Quicksilver earlier, and Blink. These two alone makes the set-pieces very very exciting. I particularly loved Blink’s ability, but the Quicksilver’s solo run (no pun intended) is a cinematic marvel to behold. Bryan Singer shots his scenes in 3600 frames per second and it shows. Deliciously.
The X-Men universe has always been a battle between Magneto and Professor X. They love each other, they respect each other, but they simply cannot accept other’s concept of co-existence between muntants and humans. Michael Fassbender really brings Magneto character to life. He is weary, he is angry, but yet he still has some kind of reserved compassions to his other side of coin, Professor X. It takes a better than average actor to deliver Magneto’s script with convictions. But it takes a great actor to let the eyes speak the unspoken words as well. I believe that Fassbender is the latter. I had seen this film without subtitles so my eyes were firmly fixed to whatever happened on the screen. Magneto’s last scene, damn. I heard his words, but the hint of sadness in his eyes pulls me in deeper.
If I’m going to nitpick, I’m going to say that Jennifer Lawrence is a miscast. I love her, but Raven/Mystique is always supposed to be a seductress. Maybe she’s transitioning or something like that in the film but still, my mind just can’t accept her. Not even in “First Class.” But in any case, great film. Will recommend.