What was once known as The Shops at St. Pete, to then being known as Baywalk, and now finally as Sundial St. Pete, this new spot downtown has proved to be the perfect location for me to excitedly and nervously await one of the biggest cinematic spectacles of the year. The courtyard that had been roped off for construction for months was now available for me to pace back and forth as I impatiently waited to see the much anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer, who started the X-Men franchise back in 2000, returns to direct his third and most ambitious X-Men movie thus far. It has been 11 years since Singer helmed his last X-Men movie, but the director hasn’t missed a beat and is back in fine form. He masterfully handles the large cast of A-list actors, along with the always tricky time traveling premise. To the delight of many (if not all) fans, the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class joins the cast of the first three original X-Men movies. This means that James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto get to be in the same movie as Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto. If that’s not reason enough to get you excited then I don’t know what is.
Simon Kinberg’s screenplay gives Marvel fans and fans of all movies in general everything they could want. From romance, to action, to humor, to drama and even the sweet gift of time travel. The overall gist of the movie is that the X-Men (more specifically Wolverine) have to rectify the past if they want to survive in the future. Ultimate fighting machines known as Sentinels hunt down all mutants and those humans who help them.
In order to prevent this from ever happening, Wolverine, with the help of Kitty Pride (Ellen Page), is sent back to the year 1973. Wolverine must prevent President Nixon from approving the Sentinel program created by Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage).
That’s all you will get from me regarding the plot, the rest is for you to find out.
If I said all the actors shined in the film I would be making a generalization. Everybody was great in their respective roles but some actors had more screentime to showcase their talents, while others like Halle Berry (Storm) and Anna Paquin (Rogue) only graced the screen for a couple of minutes, if that. But, that shouldn’t deter you from watching the film since Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast that share the screen for most of the film are at the tip-top of their game. However, the scene-stealer award goes to Evan Peters who plays Quicksilver, the winner of the guaranteed-fan-favorite award.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is nearly a perfect example of what a summer blockbuster should be. It’s rare that a movie so ambitious in scale is done correctly. Days of Future Past is that rare treat, so let’s cherish it for the magnificently entertainment movie that it is. Any movie that has enough heart to make you care about an abundance of characters, electrify you with the action scenes,while leaving you satisfied, yet wanting more is worth a watch or two. Whether it’s nostalgia, excitement, awe or bewilderment you’ll leave the theater knowing that your money was well spent.
Rating: Four out of Five Stars AKA Stop what you’re doing and go watch it!!!