New X-Men Film Showcases a New Maturity in Superhero Films

Hugh Jackman, Fan Bingbing, and Peter Dinklage at X-Men screening (Screenshot from Twentieth Century Fox)
Hugh Jackman, Fan Bingbing, and Peter Dinklage at X-Men screening (Screenshot from Twentieth Century Fox)

At the movie’s start, we see a collection of new and familiar X-Men battling a nearly invincible enemy. Among the heroes appear Bishop, Warpath, and famed Chinese actress Fan Bingbing as Blink, in her first Hollywood role. The X-Men barely manage to survive, and escape to a remote mountaintop in China.

This mountaintop holds a beautiful ancient-style temple. A temple, if you can suspend the X-Men conjured world for a moment, where Buddhist or Taoist monks may have spent all day in meditation. This secluded temple keeps our X-Men safe, for the moment.

Then we jump decades back, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine awakens just after the Vietnam War. From there, we are treated to exceptional performances by young Professor X and young Magneto. Peter Dinklage also gives an exceptional performance as Dr. Trask.

X-Men: Days of Future Past shows how superhero movies are getting smarter. They are no longer just an onslaught of special effects, but attempts at real storytelling. It works! High suspense and emotion permeate the film. Intense moral choices add potency to character development, and push this film beyond recent superhero epics.

I thought the great storytelling in the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an exception in superhero films, but Days of Future Past tops it. The writing and directing in these kinds of films is maturing, and building back my faith in movies based on comic books.

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