The cast of the original X-Men trilogy combines forces with their younger counterparts from the most recent film to save the Earth from destructive superpowered robots. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
The first two X-Men movies, which were directed by Bryan Singer, are, in my opinion, the gold standard of comic book movies. And subsequent sequels never matched their brilliance. But now, after eleven years, Singer returns to his beloved franchise with a brand new chapter.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" cleverly combines the cast of the original trilogy with members of the more recent X-Men: First Class. It's all accomplished with a nifty time travel premise.
In the not too distant future, giant super-powered robots have destroyed a good part of the world and are targeting both mutants and humans. Professor Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart, joins forces with his old nemesis Magneto, played again by Ian McKellen, to try and put an end to the carnage.
Their plan is to send High Jackman's Wolverine back to 1973 to stop these robots from ever being created in the first place. The key moment in the past is an action taken by chameleon mutant Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence. So Wolverine seeks out the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, to change the past so the future can be saved.
It's an ingenuous screenplay that's marvelously executed by Singer, whose return to the series is more than welcome. Singer gets everything right, combining a great, intelligent story with touches of humor, state of the art CGI and captivating action sequences. It's wonderful to see Stewart and McKellen team up on screen again. The entire cast of mutants, both new and old, make the most out of the excellent material and everyone on board gives it their all. There's a fascinating comic book theory on the JFK assassination, a new mutant character, Quicksilver, who's just a hoot, plus some of the special effects, like Magneto levitating an entire sports stadium, are simply dazzling.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 4 Apples