I was in Chicago earlier this month, and I went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past with my colleague after a long day. This is the recent sequel to the 2011 film X-Men: First Class. While Matthew Vaughn successfully directed the 2011 reboot, famed director Bryan Singer returned to direct the 2014 sequel. Singer had directed the early X-Men films ten years ago.
Days of Future Past is based on an 80s Marvel comic storyline that takes place in both the past and a dystopian future where Sentinels have hunted mutants to near extinction and the world has been ruined. In that original story, X-Men Kitty Pryde went back in time in attempt to stop the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly and avert this dystopian future time line. In this film, since Hollywood loves Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the story revolves around him. Kitty Pryde (as played by Ellen Page) sends the mind of Wolverine into his younger self in 1973 to stop Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, who was responsible for creating Sentinels.
Wolverine needs help to stop Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence) so he goes back to find Xavier, Beast, and Magneto to help him in this mission. It’s a good story, and an entertaining film. I did notice that the writers felt this strong need to constantly remind the audience about the mission and its high stakes. I found that constant reminder rather annoying. The film also felt a little long to me towards the end, but still an enjoyable film. Stay past the long end credits roll for a brief shwarma scene hinting to the nexy film centering around the mutant Apocalypse.