It should be no surprise that the number one film in the country is this one - X-Men: Days of Future Past. The latest installment in the mutant-hero franchise brought in more than $100 million during the Memorial Day weekend. Only the last film in director Bryan Singer’s trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, made more money at the box office in its opening weekend. This success can be taken as another statement that simply reassures the world that the rivalry between Marvel Entertainment and DC Comics continues to be one-sided. A rivalry that stands strongly in favor of Marvel. This film is also significant for a number of other reasons, including its value as a sequel to X-Men: First Class, and how it will lead to X-Men: Apocalypse. Given the scene that is on display after the credits are finished rolling, if you stuck around for them, you may have some questions about where this series will be going next. It’s a good thing to have those types of questions knowing that another film will in fact be coming in the near future.
From a directorial perspective, I had my doubts about how I would like this film given that Bryan Singer took over the director duties for Matthew Vaughn. This change seemed like deja vu all over again when Singer left before the third film in the last trilogy to direct Superman Returns. To this day, I still haven’t seen the film because I never heard any positive comments about it. While it is true that you should simply watch and judge a film for yourself, it doesn’t help the cause when there are overwhelmingly negative comments about the film. However, after having seen the first two X-Men films by Singer, I was confident that his directing would make the film a success because he’s been a part of this universe before. It is no surprise that X-Men: The Last Stand, which was directed by Brett Ratner, was not loved by critics or fans. Directing a film based on the comics is a whole other animal so to speak. To this day, I still feel that the film could have done much better under the vision and approach of a different director.
The good news is, we have moved on from that. Perhaps we have even seen the final moments of the original cast on screen. There is a reason why the previous film in this trilogy was made in the first place. It’s time for a new generation of fans to appreciate the X-Men universe with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender taking over as the new stars of the series. The chemistry that I saw between these two brilliant actors in First Class was just incredible. It was enough to make me want to watch the film again. That type of chemistry between is very difficult to find; perhaps even more so between very popular stars. However, regardless of what type of film you may be watching, when the actors share that effortless chemistry on screen, you can’t help but want to see more. Everything else falls into place. The dialogue and the relationships between characters during the film should mean so much more to you than the action scenes that provide entertainment. Of course, it’s the entertainment aspect that drives people to the theaters to go watch it. If you really love and appreciate film as an art form though, you should dig deeper to appreciate the other aspects of the film.
Despite the fact that this is Singer’s first time back directing an X-Men film, going back to the two solo Wolverine films, and First Class, you feel as though you haven’t missed a beat with this film. It almost feels as though he never left the cast or the franchise. That speaks volumes about the pacing, narrative, and chemistry between the characters. You know that you can praise a film when you feel some sort of connection to the characters. If you don’t, you might as well leave the theater despite the fact that you paid for your ticket. At least for me, the chemistry between the characters on screen is a big factor in differentiating the good from the great films. You can look at this film as a roller coaster ride. Whether you get on it today, next week, or next month, the thrill and the excitement are still there. If you missed previous films that have lead to this one, you still won’t be lost in crowd. Simply sit back and enjoy the ride as it will entertain you from start to finish.
You simply can’t say enough about the lead stars in this film and current X-Men trilogy. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender simply steal the show. The chemistry between them in First Class was a joy to watch, and it continues to be the same in this film. I would even say that their chemistry is even more intense here. So if for nothing else, watch this film for the intensity that these actors bring to their roles. I’ve yet to see McAvoy outside of this franchise, but I’m sure I can expect the same gracious performances. I can definitely say that about Fassbender. I’ve yet to see a film where I’m not blown away by the intensity and drama in his performances. In her second outing as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful sight! She shows the deadly combination of having brains and physicality to be a force to be reckoned with. Watching Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and other original members of the cast was like taking a trip down memory lane. It’s a bittersweet feeling to know that we may never see them in another film in the franchise again. So while you still have the time, get your ticket and watch this film in theaters. Believe me when I say that it’s worth it!