Days of Future Past, is the X-Men franchise’s glory days behind it? #QuickReview #Nonspoiler

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Years ago, there was a particular announcement made for the director of a new Batman series and, as familiar as I was with his work, I was extremely optimistic for that outcome.

Enjoyable as those movies may have been on some level, they fell increasingly short the longer the trilogy progressed.

Why do I mention this? Because similar feelings occurred when this happened:

Drama and suspense is Bryan Singer’s wheelhouse and when he was hired as the director of the newest X-Men movie my fanboy heart broke open in a smile and rays of hope. The damage that was done prior to his current foray was minor to some extent, but it ran deeper than one movie would have been able to repair.

Bryan Singer began the healing process as Producer for Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (2011) and was assisted by James Mangold’s Wolverine (the entire cast is given 2013).

Jumping into the Director’s chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Bryan Singer literally wipes the slate clean.

Time travel is a time honored, often despised, means of retconning mistakes made within a series.

The most important thing to keep in mind, though, is that this is only a happy byproduct of a well-written, fantastically acted and tightly directed movie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past slows down for no fat, it is lean, mean, and in the best fighting shape you have ever seen this franchise. While it may have been tempting to thrust Oscar winning Jennifer Lawrence or the Emmy winning Wolverine bad ass himself Hugh Jackman right into our faces, the entire cast is given a role and, no matter big or small, you are left with the feeling they are all intricate and important to the story, everyone is part of a larger whole, a team, if you will.

The special effects are top notch, never pulling the audience out of the experience (yes, I am still a little sore about those in X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The Sentinels are re-imagined, threatening and fit the universe like a glove.

Bryan Singer has created a beautiful film, done with a loving touch and a knowledge of the franchise every comic book fan wishes was given to this movie genre.
X-Men: Days of Future Past gets my highest recommendation, a Must See for this Memorial Day Weekend.

And let’s not even begin talking about the implications of the credit’s extra scene…….Yet…….

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