In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels.
Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask.
Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up her intention. However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation?
3 Stars. Acceptable.
I honestly wasn’t in the mood to see this movie – I’m almost never in the mood to watch a movie, tbh. I’m really not a TV/Movie kind of person. I’m much, much more interested in books. Regardless of that, I ended up going to see this movie with some family members. I was a bit annoyed by this particular movie choice because I still haven’t gotten over my trauma from watching the first X-Men movie. “Do you know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning? [pause] The same thing that happens to everything else.” *shudder*
I thought the beginning was actually pretty good – the viewer is given a rundown on the current state of affairs: the world is in state of constant war in order to eradicate Mutants, Mutant Lovers and those who could give birth to a Mutant child. Considering that Mutantism is described as part of human evolution, the world’s population has been decimated and Earth has almost been destroyed. A little like overkill to me but you have to go with it.
The last remaining X-Men gather together to try and change the past – to stop the creation of the Sentinel program. Wolverine (my favorite!) is sent back to the past due to his healing powers. Wolverine’s goal is to gather young Professor X and young Magneto together despite their differences and together they would stop Mystique from killing Trask.
First, I just want to say that Peter Dinklage (Trask) killed his role: he was the perfect asshole genuis who refused to see the humanity in something different than himself. You could also tell that he was the kind of person who also looked down on everyone less intelligent than he – which is almost everyone else. I have to admit, throughout the movie I kept thinking, “How did he get enough time off from Game of Thrones to film a movie?!”
My favorite part of the movie was every scene with Quicksilver (Evan Peters). LOVED every moment of it. Peters killed his role, too. My favorite Quicksilver scene was the scene where he’s assisting in the breakout of Magneto from prison and is confronted by guards. It was a perfect scene.
The movie started getting a little slow and silly in the middle (for me) and through to the end. I thought the decisions that Magneto made – while allowing the director to team up young Magneto and Professor X but still stick to the original X-Men enemies storyline – were absolutely ridiculous. Ridiculous. Why in the world would Magneto try to kill Mystique directly in front of Trask?? What kind of dumbass sense does that make? And then he compounded the idiocy with the whole fight scene with Mystique and Beast in front of a crowd + news camera crews.
The ending was…a little easier than I expected so it wasn’t that satisfying for me. It just felt all weird. With that said, it was much, much better than the first X-Men movie and for that I am grateful. I was entertained. 3 Stars.
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