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The X-Men franchise is back in this weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer‘s return to the franchise combines the original cast from Singer’s first two films and Brett Ratner’s third, and new cast of Matthew Vaughn’s First Class. The result is a tight, exciting, time-travelling sequel. The time travel story allows Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to share the screen with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and so many more.

Make no mistake, though. While the original X-Men actors are all in the film, Days of Future Past is first and foremost a sequel to First Class. The character issues and relationships developed in that film continue here. That helps give the film many options to explore character dynamics, action, and history-making (and -breaking) narrative events.

What exactly are those narrative events and what do they mean going into X-Men: Apocalypse? Now that X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters, you can discuss all of the answers below. Tell us if you liked the film as much as we all did, or if you were disappointed. Does Singer’s work with the new cast compare to Vaughn’s? What story points did you love, and which did you hate? Did you like the Sentinels? Any and everything you can think about X-Men: Days of Future Past can be said below. Give us your X-Men Days of Future Past reactions! Read More »

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X-Men: Days of Future Past review

X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.

As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »

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When an Aussie unknown named Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in the late ’90s, it was doubtful that anyone would’ve predicted he’d still be playing the nearly ageless mutant a decade and a half later. For that matter, some would not likely have guessed that the X-Men franchise itself would last this long. But seven films later, both the series and its star are still going strong.

Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some changes. Fox’s X-Men universe has expanded over the years to include more heroes, more villains, and more versions of already established characters. One of the most exciting additions in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past is Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask, a scientist obsessed with mutants — and the threat they pose to humanity.

At a recent X-Men: Days of Future Past junket in New York City, I took the opportunity to sit down with Jackman, the series’ longest-running hero, and Dinklage, its newest villain — as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the producers who’ve made it all happen. Watch the video interviews after the jump.

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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender had huge shoes to fill when they joined 2011′s X-Men: First Class. Not only were they tackling beloved characters, they were taking them over from iconic actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Nevertheless, they managed to make the roles their own in that film — only to face their predecessors in the new sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Indeed, a whole bunch of classic X-Men returned for the movie. Within the narrative, that was because Ellen Page‘s Kitty Pryde had powers that made time travel possible; within our own reality, that was because writer Simon Kinberg took on the challenge of bringing a classic comic book storyline to the big screen.

During a press event in New York, I had the chance to speak with both Professor Xes, one of the Magnetos, a Kitty Pryde, and the guy who tied all their storylines together. Watch our conversations after the jump.

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Fourteen years and six movies after the first X-Men hit theaters, Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men universe to try and breathe new life into a waning franchise. The task that Singer and writer Simon Kinberg created for themselves is challenging: to unify two separate timelines through a time travel conceit, and to make it feel as coherent and grand as possible. I’m happy to say that they largely pull it off. X-Men: Days of Future Past is my favorite summer film so far and possibly my favorite X-Men film ever.

See my full video review after the jump. See also Russ’s review and my thoughts on 5 big continuity issues in the film.
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Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is my favorite film of the summer so far. (See Russ’s review here.) Singer’s return to the X-Men universe deftly combines two disparate timelines and delivers spectacular action set pieces, plus it has the emotional heft to make that action mean something. It’s an achievement on par with Whedon accomplished with The Avengers, and it breathes new life back into a franchise that seemed to be on the wane.

One of the appeals of a film like this is that it can pay off at least some of the character development and plot work from the films that have come before. But when I tried to connect the dots between past X-Men films and this one, a few of the plot details really left me scratching my head. I try to break down five of these after the jump. The following contains spoilers for all X-Men-related films prior to Days of Future Past, and some very basic plot details for Days of Future Past. Read More »

X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens this weekend and with it, all the previous X-Men movies have been blended together. Bryan Singer‘s groundbreaking first two movies, Brett Ratner’s terrible third, the good and bad Wolverine movies, and Matthew Vaughn’s First Class all come together in an ambitious story involving time travel and a massive, star-studded cast.

Which is basically to say, if you don’t have a least a working knowledge of those films, some of what happens in Days of Future Past is likely to result in copious head scratching. No matter. The team at Vulture has created a quick, 3-minute Days of Future Past primer that includes all the important pieces of information you need to know about the X-Men movies before heading to the theater this weekend. Check it out below. Read More »

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A few weeks ago, Hugh Jackman told press that he was “99.9% sure” that the next Wolverine movie would be his last outing as the (nearly) ageless mutant. But now that the X-Men: Days of Future Past press tour is in full swing, that remaining 0.01% seems to be gaining ground.

Jackman has since backtracked a bit on his comments, saying that he’s “less sure” about wanting to hang up his claws. In fact, he’s hoping that Wolverine will eventually get a chance to team up with the Avengers. Read his comments after the jump.

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