X-Men: Days of Future Past is a movie worth being in any moviegoer’s future. With that said, the film starts out where most movies end, with the Big Apple in ruins and then runs backwards. In this Armageddon blockbuster, an army of government constructed robot guards have completely wiped out the mutants and any human who has DNA which points out they might eventually produce a mutant.
In the meantime, the mutant heroes have attempted one last stronghold and by using Kitty Pryde’s (Ellen Page) superpowers, they send Wolverine back to the year 1973 to attempt to stop the incident that frightened human beings into building the Sentinel Guards in the first place. This was the murder of their creator, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), by the rebel shape-shifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
This ends up meaning two different things. First, there is a foursome of classy British actors on the screen instead of just two. There are Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as heroic Charles Xavier older and younger and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as villainous Magneto also both as old man and young male. This film is also able to bring in actual world events such as Vietnam War without having to give too much of a history lesson.
Of course there are the usual action sequences, planned with top notch skill such as an attack on the Pentagon in order to set free the confined Magneto. It is sure fun to watch.
The movie is able to shine in how it gives complexity to the comic book characters along with the performances which breathe life into them. McAvoy has given a new spark into the young Dr. X and Fassbender fires up the younger Magneto with a danger never seen before and he actually seems spooky.
It is also extremely fun to see Jennifer Lawrence doing something in the action realm that has nothing to do with Katniss Everdeen (although the author of this article loves The Hunger Games franchise and is counting down the days until the next movie in November) or any kind of comedy drama.
However there seems to be one part of the entire series which has hit a weird streak through this movie. That would be that it appears it is trying just a little too hard to show how it feels to be a person when he or she is very different in a culture which seems to be obsessed with being considered “normal” instead of even the least bit different. Yes it is an important idea to discuss applies to anyone who has ever felt even just a bit different but it seems it is taken to the extreme this time.
Days of Future Past goes beyond that and makes some strange play. It actually has a part for the late 37th president, Richard Nixon, who is played by Mark Camacho. In the movie they give an extremely fast hint that President Nixon, who was just one among many famous people, was possibly a mutant with various superpowers of his very own. It is actually strange and feels out of place when it should have fit in just fine. Like Nixon himself it is an oddity in a movie of mutants
Nevertheless, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a movie worth being in moviegoer’s future.
By Kimberly Ruble