REVIEW: X-Men Days of Future Past (2014)

WARNING: Expect spoilers from the movie, as well as some details about the end-credits scene

Never doubt Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg again! For a long time I had been looking forward to this movie, until it was only weeks away – then I became afraid that it would basically be another Hugh Jackman solo-movie. Boy, was I wrong. Though Jackman is the main acting presence – this movie belongs to McAvoy’s Xavier. This movie, though, does not leave the old stars behind – they get a lot of screen time – and it works.

Cap 2 set the bar high for comic books in cinema in 2014, and I did not think Amazing Spider-Man topped it, but X-Men might have just raised the bar an inch or two this time around. Even characters we doubted, or that have not worked in the past, get their fair share of screen time (perhaps except for Rogue) – and they all work as they should. Numerous cameos are in this movie, and though not all deserve more screen time – one certainly does. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, is amazingly entertaining in this movie – and he gives us everything we could ask for. However, I’m sure you’ll all miss him when he leaves fairly early on in the film.

We need to praise Singer and Kinberg a lot more, though. One of the best things about this movie is the fact that they aren’t afraid of killing off people (even though it is an intricate timetravel movie), and that is tough to watch for the ones of us who are still feeling like a kid when watching these movies. I, for one, do not like to watch my favourite character be killed, let alone be killed twice. It all works, though one might note that Trask isn’t really a villain – and I’m not saying he has his reasons, I’m saying he simply isn’t that important. So even though Dinklage is fine as Trask, his character just doesn’t do enough.


End Credits Scene: At the very end of the credits, we are shown sand – lots of sand – and we slowly start hearing some chanting (Presumably: “En Sabah Nur!”). We are in, what looks like, ancient Egypt – and the people are chanting at a man with blue lips and red eyes. The man is putting together pieces of a pyramid, as if it was a rubik’s cube. The camera turns, and we see four horsemen.


Overall Score: 8.8 out of 10.0. Easily the best X-Men movie yet, and it manages to keep lovely cameos for fans, as well as great scenes with both sets of stars. Not a movie I’d recommend for families to go to, though – they don’t shy away from violence.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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