|Days of Future Blast (fan poster by Squiddytron)|
Review: This is a good movie. It's a shitty sequel but it's a good movie. Ostensibly this is a sequel to X-Men: First Class but it isn't, not really. I would really classify this as more a sequel to X2 than a sequel to First Class. It doesn't carry over any of the plot threads, tone or theme from that movie. I dare say that it makes First Class at totally superfluous film, it negates the reason for that film to exist other than to act as a glorified appendix for a bunch sight gags and references. I have heard it referred to as a "soft reboot" and in that sense it really succeeds because it eliminates the chaff and the mistakes made from the cash ins that were Last Stand and XMO: Wolverine. Essentially everything from X2 onward, with the exception, perhaps, of The Wolverine, has been eliminated from cannon making those movies superfluous as well I suppose.
Allllllllll that being said I really enjoyed this movie. There are things that are left out, like Kitty suddenly able to send someone back into the past, but, for the most part, it's a very enjoyable movie with a pretty solid plot. A lot of what's left out, I don't think, would benefit the movie and would just serve to increase its running time. What's there is fun, well acted, well paced and generally good. Acting highlights include Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask who just fucking nails this role. I can't imagine a better actor for this. He comes in a just knocks it out of the park in every scene. He has just a very intense presence that serves the character well. The second is Evan Peters as Quicksilver. I admit to being skeptical at first. I saw Aaron Taylor-Johnson (in the upcoming Age of Ultron) to be the obviously superior Quicksilver. He has the build, the accent and the chops. Evan Peters used to just kind of be "that guy in Kick-Ass who isn't Kick-Ass". I was wrong, his performance in this is fantastic and he steals the show for the short time he's in it. The super speed scene in particular is quite impressive and amazing to watch. Other than that just his attitude, his fast talking, his constant questions and his general fun loving demeanor is a joy to experience. I think those are really the two worth mentioning. Obviously the main cast does an amazing job, they filled those roles with incredible actors. Actors whose reputations proceed them, it would be more surprising if they sucked, as it is they put in routine, for them, fantastic performances.