'X-Men: Days of Future Past' lays down the J. Law with intensity, fun and Quicksilver
The scene involving Quicksilver in the Pentagon is worth the price of admission for X-Men: Days of Future Past. If that were the movie’s only outstanding scene, the audience would feel like it got its money worth. The thing is that there is so much more to experience that the film may be the best superhero movie since The Avengers.
From the opening fight sequence through the development of the story to the end credits, there is not a dull moment. The special effects are spectacular, but it is the performances that standout. Not one actor plays a role – they are the character. Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman and his butt, and every other actor deliver on the role they are given.
However, Jennifer Lawrence is outstanding in her role as Raven or Mystique. She gives her character a sense of intensity and seriousness that is well-played with the situation that she is in. Coming off her academy award nominated performance in American Hustle, maybe Lawrence was born to be in the 1970s. More likely, she has worked on her craft and hit her stride.
The story is well-written with no waste. The time travel element doesn’t get mucked up like it does in so many movies, and the movie tackles some huge themes like right and wrong and how to react to those that are different. There are enough surprises, and no one is safe. Maybe the Sentinels look a lot like the robot in Thor, but that is to be expected since they are both Marvel films, even if this one is from Fox.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is fun, intense and suspenseful. Do yourself a favor and go see this film. As with every Marvel film, you want to stay through the end sequence though unless you are a comic book fan, you might not understand the significance.