Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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For a time travel story that was actually pretty straight-forward. . .

To tell the truth, I was a little worried about this movie. The concept of merging the two time-lines/series of X-Men films together was, on paper at least, an appealing one. Yet, it suggested obstacles as well. We are all familiar with a common flaw of the superhero film: cramming way too many characters into a single story. In my experience the X-Men films have encountered the most difficulty with this problem. Unlike Marvel’s Avengers franchise, the X-Men series has often fallen for the temptation of tossing in cameo appearances by characters in a blink and you miss it type of way. Thus, the more announcements director Bryan Singer made about casting, the more concerned I grew. It sounded as though he was simply trying to stuff as many characters into the movie as possible. Then there was the additional factor that the narrative would involve time travel. I was not so sure how well this would all work out. It could easily have collapsed into a muddled mess.

Thankfully, it did not.
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