X-Men: Days of Future Past offers a return to the franchise’s glory

Before The Avengers (2012), Iron Man (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), and Spiderman (2001), there was X-Men (2000). X-Men made it apparent that audiences would come in droves to see comic-book adaptations. Fourteen years and six movies later, the X-Men franchise continues to please audiences everywhere.

In Days of Future Past, the two timelines of X-Men are united: the team of mutants from the original trilogy and most of their younger counterparts introduced in X-Men: First Class (2011). In a simple way, the premise consists of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) traveling back in time to warn the young mutants of the 1970s of an apocalyptic demise in the future.

One of the great parts about the X-Men films is the great cast, and this entry is no exception. Boasting an impressive ensemble that ranges from Peter Dinklage to Ian McKellen to Jennifer Lawrence, the characters portray reality in a movie that is far from it. The chemistry between the characters is on point throughout the many stages each relationship goes through. Despite the mutants and apocalyptic conditions, the characters show emotion and act in a way that has purpose and a realistic motive. This is where the film shines, depicting the relationship triangle between Xavier, Magneto and Mystique in a way that is purposeful and develops in a realistic manner. The main focus of the film is not on one character or relationship, but it is instead divided to highlight many characters and relationships.

The action also provides the bulk of the entertainment in the film. The two timelines showcase completely different action sequences dealing with teamwork and self-reliance, simultaneously. The compare-contrast of the two timelines is both insightful and exciting at the same time. Everything done in these action sequences is done with purpose and are not excessive, making it a film that does not try to be over-the-top just for entertainment purposes (i.e. Fast & Furious).

Finally, the film is well thought-out and written in a way that, despite revolving around the idea of time travel, clears up any confusion. Even if someone does not follow the mildly confusing plotlines, the action and dialogue can still provide the entertainment a blockbuster is supposed to have.

Capitalizing on its amazing cast, its structurally perfect script and its use of characters, X-Men: Days of Future Past shows that The Avengers are not the only team of superheroes able to deliver a fun and smart blockbuster.