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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Since 2000 the ‘X-Men’ series has been a huge success.  Encompassing 4 films and 2 Wolverine spin-offs, the franchise has made much of its rich comic-book origins.  ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ uses its history to tell a stirring tale.  Directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed the first 2 instalments, it successfully blends the elements making the movies so watchable.  Loaded with opulent special effects and high-octane action, it does justice to the characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decades ago.

 

When a chain of events threaten the future of mutant-kind, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time.  Tasked with warning a young Xavier (James McAvoy), past and present must merge to battle the new threat.  Forced to work with the deadly Magneto (James Fassbender/Ian McKellen), the uniting mutants take a final stand against those who seek to destroy them.

 

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is a production made with care.  From Singer’s astute direction to the strong cast and gripping story there is hardly a mis-step.  Old and new fans should find much to like as it gives an overview to why this series has been so successful.  Usually a movie with multiple characters is a recipe for disaster although the plot gives each a chance to shine.  The time-travel elements succeed without creating a murky narrative with the series’ foray into science fiction working splendidly.

 

It’s the action audiences want to see and there’s a lot on display.  Singer ensures every punch and battle adds to the story.  He also injects some nice humorous touches without compromising the film’s integrity.  This is a colourfully spectacular romp nicely slotting into the established mythology. It sets up events for other films without making it feel like an ad for a sequel – something weighing down similar works.

 

The latest X-Men instalment provides a great ride.  Restoring some of its lost lustre, the franchise benefits from the energy infusion Singer brings.  It should do no harm to a superhero genre showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Rating out of 10:  8

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