The new ‘X-Men’: A time traveling triumph

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

With a collection of big names in its cast—Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X); and the support of geek hero du jour Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask, best known as Tyrion Lannister a.k.a. “The Imp” from Game of Thrones), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Ellen Page (Shadowcat), and Halle Berry (Storm)—I was a bit worried that the time travel-anchored plot for X-Men: Days of Future Past would be all over the place.

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In a nutshell, Wolverine must travel back in time to 1973 to alter an event that threatens the existence of mutants in the future.

Thankfully, the storyline and screenplay holds all these characters and the star power behind them together. It is quite ambitious after all, combining heavy hitters from the early set of X-Men movies with those in the current set of X-Men films.

Not to mention, the franchise also welcomes back director Bryan Singer who directed my favorite X-men movies, X-Men 2 (2003) and X-Men (2000). The X-Men movie in many ways is responsible for getting the ball rolling for all the Marvel projects we’ve been currently enjoying.

Jackman, Lawrence, McKellen, Stewart, Fassbender, McAvoy and Dinklageall each have their own on-screen moments that run from the light and comedic, to the sweet and dramatic, to the wicked and bad ass.

While there were a slew of other mutants: Bishop, Blink, Colossus, Havok, Ink, Iceman, Rogue, Sunspot, Warpath, Toad, Cyclops, Jean Gray and a very young Scarlet Witch, I was particularly impressed with Evan Peters as Quicksilver who steals the few scenes he’s featured in.

This new installment has a sense of fun while not making buffoons out of their characters (did you hear that Spiderman / Sony / Marc Webb?). It also reminds us that superhero movies need not be dark or too serious to be top notch.

X-Men: First Class was great; X-Men: Days of Future Past is awesome, highly entertaining and quite the casting coup. This is going to be a tough act to follow. I wonder what they’re going to come up with next for X-Men: Apocalypse? Whatever it is, may X-Men: Apocalypse befall the fate of the disaster that was X-Men: The Last Stand.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opened on May 20 and continues to show nationwide.

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