I grew up on a mixture of Super Heroes, Grand Theft Auto and football; which probably explains a lot about me. My interests are varied, but I’ve never quite found a soft spot for X Men movies, I used to love the cartoon. However, the movies have always fallen short of my expectation. It’s always been good, and had it’s cool moments but it’s never really hit home quite like the reboots of the Batman Series has. Marvel, for me, has always failed to make the mark, whether it is its storyline, cheesy moments or some overarching reference to some uncontrollable super power, yes I am looking at you Magical Powercube à la Avengers. The X Men has seen a bit of a revival recently through the Origins story and the First Class movie but it still just doesn’t match the likes of Nolan’s trilogy, which to be honest would be quite some feat. It’s a bit like when you’ve finished exams, it’s all when and good but you’ve got a project to do so you’re not quite there yet.
This particular film is set 50 years ahead of 1973, which is an important date, not just because of the birth of French defensive wall Claude Makélélé #GoogleKnowledge. The plot follows the same trend as most X Men films, whereby it’s centred around Wolverine, don’t get me wrong Hugh Jackedman (see what I did there) is an awesome actor and so is his character but give it a break! There’s plenty of other backstories and characters that haven’t been explored, just create a damn plot without Wolverine for once, Quicksilver in this movie is pretty interesting, a look in to his past and perhaps how he weaves in and out of the X-Men timeline would be awesome I’m a massive fan of references, and this movie does that quite well, so something that references X-Men while exploring the history of another character would be awesome. The main idea is that there’s a war that has wiped out most of humanity, which all spawned from Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) creating the ultimate mutant killing machine, which eventually turned on humans, these are called sentinels. The turning point in this war when Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) DNA was used so that the sentinels could mimic any mutant, rendering them pretty much indestructible. This turning point took place in 1973, told you it was important!
So what’s the plan? Send Wolverine back in time, assemble a team of mutants present in the 70s, and stop Mystique from being captured. Only Wolverine can be sent because it’d be too physically and mentally damaging to anyone else, only he can survive anything. Pretty sure they used that storyline back in X-Men 3? Anyway, there’s a lot more to this film than all out violence and preventing a war, although there’s loads of violence to satisfy all of you who get off on that. I’ll be honest, I may have seen X Men: First Class, but I don’t remember it much, but I wouldn’t say it’s all that important when watching this movie. So go forth take your girlfriend, sister or even your mother, they will inevitably. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the disappointment of your spouse/family member or both if you’re that way inclined.
Magneto believes that if you change the past, inevitably the person while find a way to carry out their action, and therefore the only way to stop this is by killing them. I know it may be hard to comprehend at times but this is not a suitable way to live your life, again I’m not responsible for the harm you cause on your spouse/relative. Growing up in a concentration camp and watching his mother killed right in front of him gives him a lust for revenge, and boy does he deliver pain in style, not that I enjoy that kind of stuff… Whereas Professor X, a graduate from Oxford, believes that people can change and that a positive impression can be left on the humans by the mutants, arguing that it doesn’t always have to come down to violence. The overriding analogy in the film is that fate is like a river, if you go to the past and change something it’s akin to throwing a pebble in the river, you will create ripples but you won’t change the course of the river. This is to be tested by a junkie and a psychopath, what could possibly go wrong?
Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is normally a character you see moving at top speed, which is inevitably hilarious, as he whizzes around knocking everyone off their feet. In one particular scene you see his super speed through the eyes of Quicksilver, and it’s absolutely brilliant as you watch the scene unfold in slow motion, a definite high point in the movie; this is one of those characters I would have liked to see more of. The whole cinema was in hysterics, whether that was because of the copies of LIVIC I left on their seats or because of this scene remains to be proven.
It’s no Batman, there’s no dark and gritty undertone and a level of realism we can all appeal to; but at the same time it’s staying true to it’s roots and definitely delivers on that front. With what could be the last bow for Hugh Jackman and co, it definitely sets up a strong foundation for the younger generation of actors to carry on the X Men series. One thing I would like them do more is taking a risk and perhaps killing more people, I know it sounds sick and twisted but you only need to look as far as Game of Thrones to see how dynamic it can become where everyone is at risk. And more nakedness, Game of Thrones also delivers very well on that front!