Director Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise with this ingenious chapter that includes both the main X-Men casts, time travel and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine holding everything together. The movie starts in the future, where robotic monsters called the Sentinels are giving the Mutants a truly hard time in a post apocalyptic world. All hope seems to be lost until Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and his crew figure out a way to time travel. The hope is to cease the production of the Sentinels, which were created by Dr. Bolivar Trask (the always excellent Peter Dinklage) and take Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) off a dangerous destructive path. Jackman’s Logan makes the trip to the ’70s, where he wears a cool leather coat and still has bone claws. The action is terrific, especially in a sequence where Peter/Quicksilver foils a gun attack, and another where young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) uses an entire baseball stadium for nefarious purposes. The cast’s true standout would be James McAvoy as young Charles, still messed up after the events of X-Men: First Class. He adds a truly dramatic dimension to the proceedings. Having Singer back proves to be a good thing. The franchise surely suits his talents.
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Stan Lee, Todd Hallowell and Josh McLaglen
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Daniel Cudmore, Shawn Ashmore, Adan Canto and BooBoo Stewart