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X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review

Updated on May 25, 2016
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Everyone has things in their past that they would love to change, but how huge of a difference would it make if those decisions actually could be changed? That's the major point of discussion after seeing the newest X-Men film, Days of Future Past.

The X-Men are in a war, fighting for their lives and loves. They have made many mistakes on the way, which have led to being slaughtered by an army of "power-adaptable" robots. By "power-adaptable", I mean that, if one is destroyed by, say, Iceman, then the other machines will adapt to the ice powers so none of them can ever be destroyed by ice again. This adaptability has made these machines virtually unstoppable, forcing Professor Xavier to make a difficult, desperate, necessary decision: send Wolverine back in time to stop the assassination of the machines' creator, Mr. Trask.

Whatever each viewer may think about the movie as a whole, it is a fact that this film is much more serious in tone than the others. Because of this, the acting is much improved, the CGI feels much more realistic, and the story is brilliant. It has its flaws, but the overall result is a thought-provoking film that just may cause viewers to think twice about certain decisions they may make in the future.

There is one scene in particular that stood out to me above all others. Young Xavier enters Wolverine's mind, seeking out Future Xavier. The result is a face-to-face meeting between the young and the old Xavier. The scene was absolutely brilliant and,in my humble opinion, was the heart of not only this film but also the X-Men universe.

Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellan both return as young and old Magneto respectively. Both actors have never ceased to impress me with their work in film. Fassbender gets better with age and McKellan has already achieved greatness.

In conclusion, Days of Future Past isn't the best of all the X-Men films but it is high on the list. It holds a series of heartrending moments, some of which are surprisingly in the final scene. This film will change the future of what I call the X-Men Cinematic Universe. As Xavier says: "The future is never truly set."

© 2016 Alec Zander

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