A good story is all it takes for an excellent movie and in the latest installment of X-Men, it takes precedence over the bells and whistles of your typical highly budgeted Hollywood film.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) comes back in time, specifically in 1973, to reverse the impending doom of mutants in present-day 2023. (Interestingly, the Days of Future Past storyline in the comics, published in 1981, dates this present day as 2013.) On that year, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) triggers a series of events that would give the Sentinels, a troop of mutant-hunting robots, bone-chilling indestructibility. If you’re familiar with the animated TV series, the Sentinels are comically a worthless bunch, but in this film, they’re finally given their deserved malefic cred.
The script (story by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, and Jane Goldman; screenplay by Simon Kinberg) deftly maneuvers the topic of time travel. What you get is the perfect vehicle of a movie that ties up all the other X-Men franchise and spinoffs, capped by an all-star ensemble. Even the X-Men greats have returned—it’s as if Fox and Marvel just handed fans of the film series Viagra: it would surely give them boners. (I have a feeling the consummation would come in later installments of the movie—wait, the f*ck am I writing about?! Lol. For myself, I still need closure for 2000’s X-Men, particularly that teaser on Phoenix.)
For the non-geeks, i.e. the ladies, the incredibly huge Mr. Jackman shows his butt; everyone wins!
There are other great moments: watch out for Quicksilver’s (Evan Peters) showstopping number, the special appearance of Jennifer Lawrence from American Hustle speaking in Vietnamese, and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) looking all gorgeous and beautiful as he levitates and singlehandedly flattens the White House with a football stadium. Oh, and stay for the end credits.
Directed by Bryan Singer; opens on May 21.