Thrilling 'Days of Future Past'
Chi-hao James Lo
May 23, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
There is no doubt that Bryan Singer was responsible for jump-starting a new age of superhero movies when he decided to take on X-Men back in 2000. Before Singer, superhero films had seen a downfall into comedy above story thanks to Val Kilmer and George Clooney doing their best to bring the Adam West generation of Batman onto the big screen. Thanks to Singer, movies such as Spider-Man and the Dark Knight were given the chance to come to fruition, creating an age of hero films that hardcore fans and moviegoers alike have been waiting to see.
However, after a succession of unsuccessful movies, Singer laid low for a while until the opportunity for "X-Men: Days of Future Past," one of the most renowned graphic novel storylines of the X-men franchise, became possible following the 2011 "X-Men: First Class" reboot.
The story is a sequel/prequel to all X-Men films, and I do mean all, depending on the perspective of the audience. The plot could serve as a sequel to "First Class," as well as a prequel to "X-Men," which jumps starts a different timeline. It can be a little confusing that all the X-Men and Wolverine movies give out different timelines and plots, all the while installing iconic casts to promote the franchise. However, all confusion aside, the movie nonetheless narrates a story about the necessity of unity to combat against a common threat, whether it be humans against mutants or vise-versa.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, the iconic duo who had been quoted as saying that they'd pass on their mantels, return as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, this time teaming up to lead a band of mutants in a dystopian future against a common enemy known as the sentinels. With their population having died down to a mere few, Wolverine is sent back to the past to prevent the future desolation of mutant-kind, during which the best scene of the entire movie occurs as Charles Xavier (Stewart) has a long and profound conversation with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).