Movie review – Wolverine is the Beyoncé of the X-Men

2014-05-25 15:00

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Last year’s The Wolverine gave us a teaser of Days of ­Future Past. Mid-credits, the wolf man returns to America and is approached at the airport by Magneto and Xavier, who warn him of a serious new threat to the mutant race.

It’s 2023 and the Sentinels – deadly hybrid robots born from the vision of misguided scientist BolivarTrask – have taken over earth, decimating and enslaving humans and mutants alike.

Now Wolverine is sent back in time to a disco-drenched past circa 1973.

In a desperate bid to alter the course of history, he must stop the shape-shifting Mystique from inadvertently causing the most powerful enemy ever unleashed on earth from plunging the planet into war and certain demise. Wolverine must convince a very different and very much younger Xavier and Magneto to help save the world.

Once again Wolverine is the Beyoncé of the X-Men, enjoying the lion’s share of the allotted screen time. But the story of the past is so rich, you almost don’t mind.

However, the film struggles to give each of its ­massive array of characters a voice.

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is awesome as the unlikely villain Trask, driven by his irrational fear of mutants.

The same can’t be said of Storm, unfortunately. Halle Berry fans will be happy to discover that the rumours that she was cut out of the story line altogether are untrue, but her Storm utters only one line in the entire movie. She’s basically just an extra, which is a shame because the movie could’ve used another strong female character.

The most fun newcomer of them all is lightning-fast teen mutant Quicksilver (Evan Peters).

Most notable of them, though, is Jennifer Lawrence, who shines in the role of Raven/Mystique, the blue-skinned ­mutant with an ability to change into everyone and anyone. Lawrence brings an air of vulnerability to the lovelorn character who is hunted by both sides in the conflict.

It’s a bit more serious than previous X-Men films and it’s not a special effects spectacular like The Avengers.

But you’ll still get plenty of kapow for your buck, thanks to those awesome mutant fight sequences you have come to expect.

The X-Men battling the Sentinels makes for thrilling viewing.

X-Men enthusiasts will know that Days of Future Past is actually based on the graphic novel’s 1981 Uncanny X-Men ­episode, which was written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

We at #Trending think that X-Men: Days of Future Past is a satisfying sequel to both 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, 2011’s X-Men: First Class and 2013’s The Wolverine.

It might not be your 13-year-old’s favourite X-Men, but this is one that has enough charm to stick. Fans will love it.

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