Sunday, 21. December 2014
23. 05. 14. - 15:00
By Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
All the X-Men that you have seen on the big screen to date plus a dozen more unite to change the future! Will they succeed? Well, you’ll need to watch the movie to get an answer for that. The star-studded superhero film follows the events of 2011's “X-Men: First Class” and 2013’s “The Wolverine”, where a teaser scene had revealed that Professor-X and Magneto, would fight side by side against an unstoppable danger.
Directed by Bryan Singer, the 2006's “X-Men: The Last Stand” cast unites with their younger selves with help from the Wolverine and in the end will leave you wishing the 2016’s sequel “X-Men: Apocalypse” would already be in cinemas. Bryan Singer brings fully action packed moments, superpower effects that you will not want to miss, priceless friendly bonding points, goofy romantic scenes and lots of scenes from previous films as well.
Past, future and present are mixed up in the carefully penned story by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, who do an amazing job of writing a script based on the “Days of Future Past” storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. And although the story is simple enough, it might be a good idea to re-watch the 2011’s “X-Men: First Class”, as there are lots of details that it may be helpful to remember when you walk through that cinema door.
All the actors reprise their roles from the previous X-Men movies and put on great performances all round. Hugh Jackman, who portrays the everyone’s favourite Logan / Wolverine, retains his role as the hero of the X-Men pack. Nevertheless the story does not involve the Wolverine as the main object of interest and after so many X-Men movies, frankly it’s a relief.
James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart, play the roles of young and old Charles Xavier / Professor X respectively, as do Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen, the role of Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto. Professor X’s and Magneto’s relationship will be put to test for once again, as the two main enemies will need to unite against a common evil, that of sentient robots known as Sentinels who are exterminating mutants and all humans who help mutants or may give birth to mutants. Basically if you have any relation to the word mutant, you're DEAD! As a Terminator plot resemblance goes, don't expect to see Arnold Schwarzenegger popping in for a cameo or anything.
Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays Raven Darkhölme / Mystique, is the one to lay your eyes on, as her character evolves and we follow her transformation from that teenage mutant we left in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” to a cold-hearted bitch, as Wolverine, so correctly says in the trailer for the latest X-Men film. Her romantic moments with Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast, although can be counted on the fingers of one hand, are still fun to watch.
The highlight performances of the film are surely Peter Dinklage, as Bolivar Trask, a military scientist and the head of Trask Industries who created a range of robots called Sentinels, and Evan Peters, as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, a mutant with the ability to run at supersonic speeds. Of course, nobody had any doubts about the everyone’s favourite “Game of Thrones” actor, who delivers what he was hired for. As for Evan Peters, especially after seeing some scenes in the trailer, I did have some doubts. Yet, he does a magnificent job and is for sure one of the stand out moments of the film that will stay with you.
The cast of the film also includes the beautiful Halle Berry, as Ororo Munroe / Storm, who is almost unbearable to watch with that “futuristic” short haircut of hers. Ellen Page, who portrays Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat, turns her ability of running through walls into a time travelling machine, leaving us wondering how are those two can even be related.
To sum up, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is certainly going to be a smash in the box offices and is the film that’s going be the topic of chit-chat during the coming weeks. It will reassure you that X-Men are here to stay and show you all the reasons why it was a good idea that you bought the ticket in the first place.
P.S. A note for the ladies, Hugh Jackman / Wolverine fails to wear his clothes throughout the whole movie. Also, post credit scene alert! You don’t want to walk out of the cinema until the very last second of the movie, as after the credits there is treat you don’t want to miss.
Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey Grammer as Hank McCoy / Beast
Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman
Omar Sy as Bishop
Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Fan Bingbing as Clarice Ferguson / Blink
Adan Canto as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
Booboo Stewart as James Proudstar / Warpath
Josh Helman as William Stryker
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Evan Jonigkeit as Toad
Gregg Lowe as Ink
Mark Camacho as Richard Nixon
James Marsden as Cyclops
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey
Behind the film:
Directed by Bryan Singer
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner / Bryan Singer / Simon Kinberg / Hutch Parker
Screenplay by Simon Kinberg
Story by Simon Kinberg / Matthew Vaughn / Jane Goldman
Based on Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont & John Byrne
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel
Editing by John Ottman
Studio - 20th Century Fox / Marvel Entertainment / Bad Hat Harry Productions / The Donners' Company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Running time: 131 minutes
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