My first viewing of Days of Future Part (DofP) left me both impressed and confused. I felt an odd disconnect with all the jumping around and such a large cast. But I also had a feeling that I’d need several viewings at home to figure out my true thoughts. Four TV viewings later I feel confident in saying this is the best X-Men film.
A really rather grim opening sequence quickly introduces us to the stakes and time travel, with Wolverine soon finding himself in the seventies with a mission to get the band back together. At this point you might expect the focus to remain on him, but the film makes the wise decision of instead using him as a lens through which we get to see major characters and the changes they go through. Fassbender does a good job of bringing his performance closer in line to McKellen’s, but the film really belongs to Lawrence and the pair of Professor Xaviers. Their story is the real backbone as they believably grow towards what we know them to be.
I used to think it’s biggest accomplishment was giving me the opportunity to completely ignore Origins, but it’s much better than that
They may provide the drama, but there’s spectacle too, peaking in the form of Quicksilver, who I’ll admit impressed me after the original photos left me cold. It’s joyous watching him poke the cheeks of enemies whilst tasting spilt food and dodging bullets. You could say he’s effectively a running set-piece, but when it’s this well done I’m willing to forgive it. Overall the fights and action are beautifully staged, with some cool power combos.
Part celebration, part reboot, DofP aims high and hits it’s targets. I used to think it’s biggest accomplishment was giving me the opportunity to completely ignore Origins, but it’s much better than that.
Note – I can’t put my finger on it, but Deadpool isn’t an X-Men film in my eyes. If I ever suss that out I’ll let you know.