“X-Men” sequel an emotional roller-coaster

Casey Matlock
“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer, brings in stars from the old and newer X-Men films for a battle of time-linear proportions. The film is picturesque of an apocalypse that takes place in the present day. The future looks bleak, and it is up to present-day Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, and his rag-tag team of mutant cohorts to resolve the problems of the past.
The older version of Professor X explained to Wolverine how he’s going to have Kitty, played by Ellen Page, send Wolverine’s consciousness back to the past and into his younger body and that time will continue to pass normally in the present day, even as Wolverine changes past events. Nevertheless, those changes will take effect only when Wolverine wakes up again in present day.
This film is a roller-coaster of emotions from beginning to end as the past and present versions of our favorite mutant collide. If you enjoyed the previous film, “X-Men: First Class,” you surely will not be disappointed. There is a smidge of skeptic opinion when it comes to sequels, but saying that this film is an exception would be an understatement.
Fans of the comics will be pleased along with the naïve Marvel fans who are just looking for a little escapism along with the eye candy of the fairly attractive actors. The “Days of Future Past’s” plot is mildly explosive and can be compared to the previous films when it comes to conflict between the mutants and society’s prejudice against them. What this film offers that the previous films don’t is some genuine resolution whereas the previous films practically left viewers hanging by a limb.
Each character holds his own in this film and equally provides a sense of power and excitement to the roles. Characters from the first three X-Men films have a slightly smaller part to play, although the majority of the film takes place in the 1970s, thus creating a plausible reason for their absences.
This film also introduces new mutants, such as Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters; Warpath, played by Booboo Stewart; and Sunspot, played by Adam Canto. Evan Peters’ Quicksilver steals every moment of his screen time. There are also a number of nice cameos and fun nods to both comic book and historical figures.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is successful at being a thrilling superhero movie by balancing dramatic weight with comedic moments and closure from problems that came from the previous films.

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