Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters
Plot summary: Charles Xavier's X-Men work together to overcome what could be the end of civilization and the extinction of both mutants and humans.
Marking the fifth time the X-Men have returned to the silver screen (not including X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine) and combining both the original cast with the new cast, this outing is the bridge between the generations and it is a great movie. For Bryan Singer this movie is a return to form from the likes of the first two outings.
It involves time travel to avert the destruction of humanity much like the Terminator film franchise, however the mutants have a chance to save the world. It involves sending one of the original X-Men back in time to prevent certain events from occurring that eventually lead to our extinction.
Hugh Jackman is in form as Wolverine and plays wonderfully with the new cast. James McAvoy is charismatic as Charles Xavier of the past. Together with Hank McCoy (Beast) and Quick Silver they aspire to reunite with Magneto to prevent the impending doom of all. Jennifer Lawrence has proven that she is the perfect heir for the role of Mystique which was defined by the incredible performance set out by Rebecca Romjin Stamos in the first three movies yet Jennifer has managed to add to it.
One of the great roles in this movie however short is that of Quick Silver. Evan Peters makes the character a center piece and scene stealer during their first meeting and a daring rescue operation. Michael Fassbender as Magneto is the counterpoint to McAvoy's Xavier with the two friends in a love and hate relationship from their first meeting. Ellen Page returns as Kitty Pryde for the few scenes of which she's part she does a wonderful job.
All in all this movie was a shock in the fact that I was expecting a formulaic cookie cutter superhero flick however what I got completely caught me off guard.
Great movie! Two thumbs up.
Brian Joseph Johns