Self-healing and generally cranky mutant Wolverine’s consciousness is sent back to his younger body in the 1970’s to avert disaster in a future that threatens both Mutants and Humans.
Days of Future past fits snugly in with the rest of the X-Men franchise, even more snugly than a few of the other installments. Perhaps it is because Bryan Singer is back at the helm. Both the self-referential dialogue and the humour is jacked up to ninety as he deftly handles the new additions to the cast since his last outing in X-Men 2.
This is an X-Men love in which deals both with a dystopian future filled with a new and more than agile threat to both Humans and Mutants in the form of Sentinels. Then we are thrown back to the 1970s where Wolverine has to re-unit the threesome of high ranking mutants, Charles Xavier (Professor X), Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto) and Raven Darkholme (Mystique) who are at each other’s throats in an attempt to change the future. Really beyond that there is very little else I can say about the plot without causing a rift in the space time continuum or at least spoiling the story for X-Men fans.
Singer brings with him a true love of the X-Men characters as we see Xavier dealing with personal struggles (in a very 70s fashion) which James McEvoy portrays with an ease I felt was missing from X-Men: First Class. Michael Fassbender is utterly commanding as the vengeful and ice-cold Magneto, again his character has grown from the first film, while Jennifer Lawrence is magnificent as a hardened Mystique who is on a mission all of her own. Of course Wolverine remains as cranky as he is true of heart.
The set pieces are put together at a mind bending pace and quality and as always there are a few new mutant powers thrown in for good effect. Last but not least there is one slow-mo scene with a teenage Quicksilver which threatens to steals the entire show!
Fans of X-Men will approve and as it is the 7th film in the series I don’t think the producers are too worried about what the others think.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox Ireland for choosing me as one of their winners for their ticket competition!
X-Men: Days of Future Past in in Irish cinemas now.