FORGET THE AVENGERS – This is the Superhero opus cinema has been waiting for!
Like the DNA of its mutant protagonists, X Men: Days of Future Past is a spectacular hybrid.
An infusion of a previous trilogy with its younger, edgier prequel – the result is an exceptional character-driven epic, as standout in its genre as Nolan’s Dark Knight.
Based on the revered story of the same name, DOFP sees Mutant-kind on the verge of extinction.
Locked in an unwinnable war, the X Men’s only hope is to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, back again as the irrepressible Badass) on a mission through time.
Once in the past (1973 to be exact) and after picking up the customary flares and leather jacket he must reconcile Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in order to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from committing the fateful act that triggered their apocalyptic future.
With its gigantic cast, time travelling premise and CGI effects bonanza, DOFP could’ve been a total mess. The re-introduction of the old guard (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry) alone could be seen as a cynical rehash.
But all doubts should end there.
Director Bryan Singer delivers a master class in movie making crafting an adventure which bursts with genuine spectacle yet grounded by compelling performances from his leads.
The balance is struck perfectly between the ‘Getting the band back together’ nature of the future scenes and the humour and sexiness of the younger characters in the past.
From Wolverine’s Back to the Future-style anachronistic quips to McAvoy’s portrayal of a tortured Xavier the film is coated with lines, moments and set-pieces to impress diehard and casual fans alike.
Nothing is left in the locker – everyone gives their all.
Film of the summer? Without a doubt.
An absolute triumph! Days of Future Past acts not only as a cinematic thrill-ride but also a challenge to Marvel’s superhero dominance…The X Men are back and stronger than ever.