X-Men: Days of Future Past, reviewed for The National

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen


The original X-Men director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise that rescued the superhero genre from the campy, Day-Glo nightmare of Batman & Robin by showing that films based on comic books could be genuinely dramatic, intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging, as well as action-packed and fun.

With X-Men: Days of Future Past, he has given fans the boldest and most
ambitious entry so far. Newcomers could find themselves occasionally feeling
lost among the in-jokes and allusions to previous instalments. But even if you
don’t know Blink from Beast, nor fully grasp the roots of the love-hate bromance
between Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, and Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto,
there is enough spectacle, invention and incident to keep even casual viewers
hooked until the film’s eye-popping climax.

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