X-Men: Days of Future Past ✪✪✪✪✰

X-Men: Days of Future Past was phenomenal. There were many homages to the comic and the whole plot line was executed beautifully.

The casting combinations of the older and younger selves worked perfectly for the story line. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are perfect in their roles as the older and wiser Professor X and Magneto while James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have the boyish charm to play the younger counterparts who hold on to their justified grudges.

—Spoilers Below—

The movie begins in the apocalyptic future when Sentinels have hunted mutants to the verge of extinction. Desperate and afraid, the remaining mutants plan to send one of their own back to 1973 to prevent the production of the machines which have tracked them all over the earth.

Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat) protests to sending Professor X because it will literally tear him apart. Enter Logan (aka Wolverine), who then has his consciousness sent back to 1973 because of his super special healing powers.

I would have preferred anyone else to go back. When was the last time we saw a non-Wolverine-centric X-men movie? It was First Class. He made a cameo in it. There are other X-men; that’s all I’m saying.

Like Quicksilver: Pietro Maximoff. In Days of Future Past, I swear they say Peter… I don’t think Quicksilver had nearly enough screen time. Played by Evan Peters, Quicksilver provides a significant percent of the film’s humor. He is also the only character to have his very own character-central scene wherein he saves his father, Logan, and Charles. I did warn you there were spoilers below the Read More line, but if you’re an X-men fan than you already knew that little fact.

But that’s pretty much Quicksilver’s part in a nutshell. Show up. Be funny. Peace out. I would have liked less Wolverine and more Quicksilver.

Other than that snafu (which is really just a personal peeve), the film does a wonderful job of monitoring both time lines and wrapping up the changes in the time line which occur as a result of Logan’s influence and actions.

There’s even a happy ending… until you watch after the credits… then it’s a little… apocalyptic.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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