Written by Maximum Jay
Editor: When we received our invite to the press screening of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, we all gathered in Eutopia to have a battle to the death over the seats. At the very moment before the fight broke out, someone had the idea to get a real OG Expert to guest review the movie. Who better than the Owner of the Amazing, the Astonishing, the Ultimate Comic Shop franchise in the Las Vegas area, Maximum Comics. Without further ado; Maximum Jay’s Review:
If you’ve seen any X-Men movies before, there are certain words that are not usually associated with them:
Captivating. Exhilarating. Hilarious. Awesome.
Let’s be honest, the X-Movies have been a mixed bag of crazy for 14 years. Some really good moments (X2, X-Men: First Class) and some really bad ones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine: Origins anyone?). So to say I approached X-Men: Days of Future Past like it might be X-Men: Dazed & Confused is pretty accurate. Imagine my sheer surprise and utter delight as the next 2 hours and 11 minutes were filled with captivating characters, exhilarating special effects, and an inventive, often hilarious script that made this easily the most awesome X-Men movie to date!
Can the future be changed by going into the past and altering one moment? This one question drives the plot of the film. The world of the future (approx 10yrs from now) is an ugly place for mutants. Hunted and killed by Sentinels–the coolest, deadliest ones you’ve ever seen!–our heroes know that the end is here for mutantkind unless they can send a message back in time to 1973 and stop a pivotal moment from happening.
Your favorite characters are all here, in one decade or another. Mystique (a supremely confident Jennifer Lawrence), Magneto (how awesome to be played by Ian McKellen AND Michael Fassbender!), Wolverine (an insanely ripped Hugh Jackman), Professor X (a stoic Patrick Stewart and a brooding James McAvoy), Storm (ok, so Halle Berry is no one’s favorite…), and Quicksilver…
Wait, did I say Quicksilver?? Yes I did–and you know what? He is my favorite new mutant in the movie! Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff steals every scene he is in! You’ll see what I mean when you see it, but his big scene is one of the best, funniest and most expensive in the entire film (and with a $225 million budget there are lots of huge, amazing effects!). It’s also the best use of a Jim Croce song ever (and it was released in 1973, too! Uncanny!). In fact, every major character seems to get a scene or a big moment to really shine in this movie. And the melding of the first several X-Men movie characters with those of the recent First Class film is seamless.
Yes, there are a few baffling moments, a few head-scratchers and even an eye-roll moment or two (Beast…I’m looking at you). But in a franchise full of groans and ‘Really?!’ moments, this installment is easily the most engaging and best written/acted/directed.
Captivating. Exhilarating. Hilarious. Awesome. Finally–an X-Men movie to love.
I give X-Men: Days of Future Past 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
You can check out Jay’s video review below:
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