- FINALLY... see this one...
- After so many false starts and average spin-offs this franchise delivers
- MASSIVE SPOILER
While the plot to stop Mystique is true, the plot devices here actually serve to all-but erase the previous films from existence, and set up any to come. So thank fuck for that.
- We join the movie in a dystopian future following the activation of the Sentinel programme, and the subsequent enslavement of mutants and those who helped them
- Mystique (operating alone after Magneto's imprisonment after the previous film
for his role in the JFK assassination
) had previously killed Dr. Bolivar Trask (a scientist responsible for the Sentinel idea and the experimentation on / deaths of many mutants) at the 1973 Paris Peace Accord, thereby setting off a chain reaction of events that leads to the Sentinels being activated to protect humanity against the mutant threat
- Mystique herself is then captured and tortured to give the Sentinels the ability to adjust to any mutant they face
- Some humans work with the mutants, but the resulting war involves catastrophic losses
- Still in the future, a group of mutants (led by Professor X and Magneto) realise the only hope is to stop this initial event, and to do so one of them must travel back
- Wolverine is the only mutant that can withstand the process, and must convince Charles to re-unite with Magneto to stop Mystique before she can carry out her plans
- And other stuff that will just be one massive spoiler tag so I'll leave you to find out...
- Resolves so many of the gripes from previous films
Magneto is a bad guy again... the old cast are back (even the imho miscast Anna Paquin as Rogue)... hopefully they keep Cyclops from being a monumental pussy this time
and can't wait for the next installment
- Sentinels are pretty kickass in this movie, in the future and
when Magneto goes feral and takes them over in the past
- Some nice uses of 3D and humour, especially when Quicksilver does his thing at the Pentagon (which is, imo, arguably one of the best sequences in an X-Men / action movie in general tbh)... can see why he wasn't in the movie much after that though... pretty OP...
- Has a major case of the feels later in the movie when
all the mutants in the future are being systematically killed, with Raven / Mystique coming to the conclusion of her arc and having to decide whether or not she can carry it out with Charles in her face, and when Wolverine wakes up and realises things have changed in the future... and sees Jean
- Hang around for the scene after the credits
why? Because Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen, that's why... even though I knew that Apocalypse was the name of the next movie I was concerned they might just refer to some random Apocalypse... nope... it's him
- Some of the time travel theories were a bit flakey / cliche
especially around how Kitty can now send people back in time... the future still existing until Wolverine died / woke up... and how certainly things were always going to happen
but ultimately served the purpose of progressing the plot... really didn't care about that tbh and was only a very minor gripe for me
- Can be argued that the more important / bankable stars were used in this movie... but to be honest the others that weren't in it very much had been pretty poorly utilised in other movies so again a rather minor gripe
- The reveal that
JFK was apparently a mutant...
was a bit cringe...
4.5 KFC buckets out of 5, really enjoyed this, and if you are an X-Men fan that has felt disappointed walking out of previous movies you really shouldn't with this one...