The Grade Book: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014) - The Grade Book (We Live Film)

Epic Days of Future Past Fixes Franchise Faults

Plot: In 2023, the X-Men face extinction and the hands of the Sentinels. In a last ditch effort, the remaining mutants send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to 1973 stop history’s catastrophic chain of events.

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Simon Kinberg

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen

Genre: Action, Superhero

Running Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes

U.S. Release Date: May 23, 2014

MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

WE LIVE FILM – GRADE AVERAGE: A

AMOUNT OF GRADE IN THE GRADE BOOK: 14

(Lowest Grade: C , Highest Grade: A+)

CONSENSUS: With Bryan Singer back at the helm, the future for the X-Men franchise has never looked brighter. Days of Future Past can be argued as not only one of the best X-Men films to date, but one of the best of the genre.

 

Critic Reviews for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Rokaan Al-Zeer

Grade: A+

Saying that X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best of the franchise is a bit of an understatement. Days of Future Past is the greatest Marvel movie of all time. It seriously blows The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Thor, Spider-Man and so forth out of the water.

Every actor came to play and was fantastic. The story is so fantastic, so complex and pretty faithful to the comic storyline. Jackman, Fassbender, and Lawrence have all never been better as Magneto, Wolverine and Mystique. James McAvoy gives without a doubt his very best performance of his career. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask was a great villain. Evan Peters stole the show as Quicksilver. He’s exactly the Quicksilver from the comics. Especially his scene between him and a few guards in the Pentagon.

The action is really great and pretty intense. The effects are outstanding. The score is great and it erases the third film and Origins from existence. The ending is one of the most emotionally satisfying endings I’ve seen. The 3D is pretty cool too. Check it out in 3D when you can. Stay after the credits for a scene that leads to the next film that made me geek out so hard. Overall, Bryan Singer, Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg have made something that is without a doubt astonishing. I was weeping tears of joy.

Gabriel Alcantara

Grade: A+

Continuity and plot holes be damned, I loved this entry in the X-Men film series. Everything has been leading up to this grand scale adventure and I see it as a massive payoff. This film excites in both its storytelling and its action sequences. Plus, the acting is marvelous for a superhero film. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are the dynamic duo of this series. This film will be hard to top but I look forward to seeing them try. 

Tony Estrada

Grade: A+

Best X-Men film of all-time. This is a mesmerizing and mind-blowing experience at the theaters. Everything about this movie is wonderful. Every single performance in this movie is excellent. Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and everyone else are great. Peter Dinklage was also a great villain as well. Jennifer Lawrence also kicks just as much ass as she does in The Hunger Games movies. This beautiful woman can go hardcore.

There isn’t much action, but when it is there it’s awesome and the climax of the film has got to be the best climax I’ve seen in a while. It blew me away. The storyline is fantastic and the direction by Bryan Singer was absolutely brilliant. From the beginning to the end, this X-Men film succeeded all of the my expectations and even gave me more. All of the other X-Men films before this film got rated “good” or “outstanding” from me (X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine included). I’m so unbelievably happy that this is the first X-Men film ever to receive my perfect rating. One of the best films I’ve seen this year!!!

Chad Gleason

Grade: A

Movies like this don’t get more perfect then this. This is the best of this awesome series of great to mediocre films thanks to the stellar direction by Bryan Singer. I was so moved by the superb action, great acting and fascinated by one of the greatest stories ever put to the silver screen!!! Congrats to all (new and old) who worked on this. I am now ready for the apocalypse.

Leah Hather

Grade: A+

Entertained throughout!

Mike Holtz

Grade: A+

X-Men fans get the movie they deserve. It feels like it’s straight off the pages of the comic book without even trying to. Also, it might make you cry. That’s a superhero movie…..making you cry.

Mark Krawczyk

Grade: A-

I really enjoyed the film but if definitely had a feeling as if it was made more for fans of the X-men comics. It was great to see so much talent on the screen. Unfortunately with so many big names in this film some feel left by the way side or stuck with exposition for stuff already seen. Top notch special effects and Quicksilver steals the part of the show he is in. Fassbender and McAvoy have great chemisty. Felt Singer was using this film to make up for a couple of stinker X-Men films, which is not a bad thing. I definitely got my money’s worth.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: A-

Easily the best of the franchise, and further proof that 2014 is becoming the single best year for superhero films ever.

Matt Marshall

Grade: A-

In a way, Singer is apologizing to fans for the direction the franchise went after his departure. But Days of Future Past does an impressive job getting the series back on track. Days of Future Past is not a perfect X-Men movie, nor is it the best in the franchise. It is however, a roaring good time that we as audiences desperately needed. FULL REVIEW

Sean Marshall

Grade: C

I didn’t enjoy it. I felt like a lot of talent was wasted (Dinklage, Page) and the film didn’t wrap up all the loose ends.

Scott Menzel

Grade: B

While the film was highly entertaining and the special effects were the best of the best, I do have to admit that I found the story to be a tad underwhelming and a little too simplistic for my taste. The film’s marketing also hurt the film by showcasing several characters that don’t get nearly as much screen-time as hinted upon in the trailers.

Days of Future Past is definitely one of the better comic book movies with several fun and memorable moments. However, despite all the fan love, it does have some issues that I think will become more and more apparent on repeat viewings. FULL REVIEW

Kevin Morrison

Grade: A

Big smiley face.

Austin Putnam

Grade: A+

After Matthew Vaughn put back the franchise on track with First Class, Bryan Singer has come back to put the franchise back to full speed and MAN did he do just that with Days of Future Past. Days of Future Past makes every X-Men film relevant along with the not so good ones (The Last Stand and Origins). Everything was phenomenal about Days of Future Past. I cannot wait for the sequel. Favorite film of 2014 so far.

Bryan Sudfield

Grade: A+

Fantastic movie. Nuff said!

 

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