With it being the Memorial Day Weekend, I am out camping with the family and will therefore be keeping this review rather short.
I was very apprehensive when X-Men: First Class was released a few years ago. Prior to its release I had been incredibly disappointed by X-men: The Last Stand and X-men Origins: Wolverine. In the end a strong script and skilled actors made First Class a very pleasant surprise. Hope for the franchise had been rekindled in me.
Last year audiences were given The Wolverine as a means to fill the gap between First Class and Days of Future Past. While the ending was a letdown to me, I nevertheless enjoyed the film and have been eagerly anticipating Days of Future Past ever since. Did it deliver? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
With a very well-written script, some standout performances by James Mcavoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters and of course Patrick Stewart, Days of Future Past manages to illicit laughs, gasps and yes, even a couple of tears. What is most incredible is that, despite there being an excess of characters, each mutant was given something to do. Whether it's Quicksilver causing hilarious mayhem at Mach-10 or Magneto levitating an entire stadium, each mutant has a chance to shine and showcase their powers.
As far as tone goes, Bryan Singer once again demonstrates a perfect grasp of what makes X-Men great. In a post Dark Knight world it seems as though a good portion of comic book movies have taken darker tones while sacrificing humor and fun. Singer injects this film with just the right amount of humor, action and solemnity. The result is a film that packs an emotional punch while retaining its fun. There are a few details bridging First Class and Days of Future Past which get glossed over, but on the whole this can be overlooked considering how well-paced the film is.
One final note before I head into "The Wrap-Up": There are enough subtle references and easter-eggs present in this film to make any comic book nerd excited. Seriously, my wife had to tell me to stop leaning over to her and expelling the easter-egs I either heard or saw. Just one other way in which Bryan Singer shows his love for the series.
-Great humor. Especially the scenes with Quicksilver.
-Surprisingly emotional story
-Some details connecting this film to First Class are a bit muddled.
8.5 out of 10. Easily one of the best X-Men films as well as one of the best comic book movies, period. Next to Captain America, this film stands as the best 2014 summer block-buster so far. I highly recommend it. Some swearing, no sex (some implied sexual content) some violence and disturbing imagery. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Be sure to stick around after the credits for a button plugging the next X-Men movie!