Jean-Paul’s Rating: 4/5 stars
Bottom Line: This is a movie with a fairly decent plot, a lot of imagination, and great use of special effects.
This movie has more X-Men than you can shake a stick at. Luckily, only a few of them are actually relevant to the plot line and the ones that aren’t have way cool powers like creating portals and shooting fire and ice and absorbing mutant powers in order to charge a gun? I don’t know about that last one, but the dude looked awesome doing it. Their names are irrelevant and I know none of them, but I’m sure every X-Men geek was in full geek fervor at the giant lineup of mutants involved in this movie.
Surprisingly, this is a movie about time travel and the plot is not bad. It might not be wholly internally consistent, but it does a journeyman job of making the time travel aspects work. The basic premise is the future sucks because the Sentinels, mutant hunting robots, are doing a pretty bang up job and the mutants are quickly becoming extinct. This leads to them using Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the 1970s to prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing the inventor of the Sentinels, Trask (Peter Dinklage) because it starts the whole Sentinel War instead of preventing it.
The interactions of the characters are interesting and the conclusions they come to are believable. That’s always been the strength of the X-Men movies, even when the movies themselves haven’t always been good. You get what Professor X is doing and why he’s doing it, but at the same time you get what Magneto is doing and why he’s doing it. They are one of the better silver screen frenemies out there.
This movie also contains one of the best special effects driven scenes ever made. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that it is incredibly inventive, satisfyingly snarky, and magnificently mischievous. The audience absolutely loved it.
There is some second act slowness, but it is not entirely wasted as there is some interesting character development to be had in it. Other than that, “Days of Future Past” was a very enjoyable experience and I can seem myself wanting to see it again some day.