– Posted by Alyssa
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hault, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters
It’s not often that a sequel (or in this case a super prequel/sequel) is able to live up to expectations and entertain its audience as much as its predecessor(s). But the mutant franchise defied expectations with great action sequences, a limit on cheesiness, and characters that still haven’t gotten stale. It’s only getting better with each edition.
It’s the future and Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) are past their prime, but hanging with a young band of mutants that includes: the cigar-smoking, self-healing Wolverine (Jackman), time hopper Kitty Pryde (Page), and controller of the elements Storm (Halle Berry). However, upon discovery that a lethal group of war machines called the Sentinels were created in the past by a mutant-fascinated genius named Dr. Bolivar Trask (Dinklage), Kitty uses her abilities to send Wolverine back into the past. Wolverine, a.k.a. James Logan, interacts with young Charles Xavier, (McAvoy) who is having trouble controlling his mind-reading abilities; the Beast, (Hoult) who is living with Charles, and young Quicksilver (Peters), who has both a quick foot and mouth. The group work together to help Magneto escape from the Pentagon, so they can all group together and stop Mystique (Lawrence) from assassinating Dr. Bolivar. What results is a battle between mutant and man that is on a grand scale, involving Richard Nixon and the White House.
The plot may sound like a lot, but everything is kept on a small scale so that the X universe never gets too overwhelming to follow. Fans of the comics have a lot to indulge in, and people less familiar have an enjoyable film that creates characters who are interesting, action sequences that are mesmerizing, and a talented, easy-to-watch cast. This is a franchise that gets better with time and seems to have an unlimited number of stories to tell. It’s the perfect summer blockbuster and a really fun time at the movie theaters.