“It’s not their pain you’re afraid of, it’s yours, and as frightening as it may be, the pain will make you stronger. If you allow yourself to feel it, embrace it, it will make you more powerful than you’ve ever imagined. It’s the greatest gift we have, to bear the pain without breaking. It’s born from the most human power: hope.
Please, we need you to hope again.” – Prof. Charles Xavier
After some forgettable ‘Origins’ films and less than fantastic sequels, there would be good reason to want to avoid seeing ‘Days of Future Past’. Despite that, this film gives some hope for the X-Men franchise. Having heard many good things about this film, both from friends and reviewers, and reading some interesting quotes from the film, I decided to go and see it. I wasn’t disappointed.
The plot was a stand-out part of the film for me because it was easy to understand, but also had some substance to it. There also wasn’t any over-ridiculous scientific experimentation, like there was in The Wolverine. My favourite scene from the film is when the young Charles looks into the future through Logan, and meets the older version of himself. In this scene, the older Charles tells the younger Charles the quote that appears above. There are some quotes from this film that I found really inspiring or motivating, such as the quote above.
The acting in this film is top-notch, especially from Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Ellen Page. Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen also delivered their usual outstanding performances, despite their relatively small roles in this film. However, Jennifer Lawrences’ performance seemed quite unconvincing by her standards, as she usually delivers a much more convincing performance than she did in this film.
One gripe that I do have with the film is that during the opening scene when the sentinels are attacking the group of mutants, it isn’t exactly clear what happens that causes the fight to end. It is explained later in the film, but it’s not entirely clear while it’s happening, and even the explanation isn’t that great.
Overall, this is quite an enjoyable film which breaks free from the recent dry spell in the X-Men franchise, with some top-notch acting from key characters.