X-Men: Days of Future Past! You know who’s in this movie and you know it’s a big Summer event. If you don’t know either of these things, please turn in your Nerd Card at the nearest facility. This is the movie that bridges all the other X-Men related movies together, including – I was drawn to believe – the Wolverine flicks as well. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer attempts to ret-con the first three X-films into a single continuity with X-Men: First Class. To do all of this, Singer calls upon pretty darn much everyone that’s starred in the X-Men movies. From Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page to James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, they all come together to tell a tale that spans backward through time as the last remaining group of mutants make their final stand to protect Logan’s body as his mind is propelled backward through time to the 70’s. There, he must find a way to unite a disillusioned Xavier and imprisoned Lehnsherr so that they can together stop a life changing event caused by Mystique.
The movie is ambitious, fun, a little slow and boring in two or three spots, but well written and enjoyable. The entire cast and guest cast are great to see once again on screen after all these years and the Sentinel scenes in the future are probably the most exciting action in the entire movie. Not that that’s a bad thing, but you do have to accept the fact that Singer can’t really base the entire movie on the Sentinel’s fighting it out with the X-Men because, as you’ll learn from watching, the Sentinel’s are some kick-butt, take NO names creations that own every mutant they come in contact with. If we were to get a movie with X-Men vs. Sentinels, it would probably last exactly 25 minutes and every mutant would be dead by the end. That is probably the biggest issue with the movie. The Sentinels are so powerful, they can’t be allowed but a few minutes of screen time at the beginning and end of the film. And the prototype versions seen in the past scenes at the White House are pretty much pathetic shadows of what they will become.
Of all the actors on screen, I felt everyone did a fine job with their parts. The only exceptions I’d point out would be Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hault, both of whom seemed awkward and too much of a noob to properly deliver their lines with enthusiasm or emotion. Singer does manage to ret-con the universe he helped create, bringing certain characters back, changing others, and bringing it all around just in time for the next film in the franchise, Age of Apocalypse to hit theaters in a few years.
Oh, and the end credits scene? I have to say, I was a bit disappointed and the majority of the theater was left just staring at one another. It makes sense afterwards, now that I’ve read what was actually going on through other websites, but to the average movie goer like myself, you’ll be completely lost and will feel cheated if you sit through the credits on this one.