Saturday, May 24, 2014
2016 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
What I think is really unique about the X-Men series is how they've opened up the world, and technically done a reboot, but all the while still being able to use it with what they've done before. This film is the ultimate bridging of everything we've seen in X-Men up to this point and it starts to put other pieces together. Having Striker be part of the mix was great fun, as was seeing pretty much everyone from this world together in one film. The story was strong - it was a little heavy on over-the-top action towards the end - but it also featured one of the best sequences of the entire series with Quicksilver set to Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. I won't ruin it for you - it's fantastic. The film is full of fun references, including one to JFK being a mutant himself - which got a laugh (in a bad way) from the packed audience I was in.
What I most love about this instalment is that it used a classic X-Men story to find a clever way of fixing the sins made by X3 and anything else they want to tidy up. They're now able to move forward pretty much however they want - which is really quite refreshing. Could be the best film of the series, actually. I dug it a lot.