New 'X-Men' movie recaptures the magic of the original films

Despite the recent controversy surrounding director Bryan Singer personal life, fans of the "X-Men" comic books will nevertheless be happy that he returned to make "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Simply put, the man who successfully launched the original movies some fourteen years ago gets the franchise back on track with this latest, crowd-pleasing movie.

The story begins in a dystopian, sci fi future where our mutant heroes are being stalked by killer robots, known as Sentinels. The X-Men can't beat the robots with their superpowers, so they opt to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to the 1970s where he is tasked with convincing the other mutants to put aside their differences and fight together to stop the Sentinel program from ever being launched.

That's not an easy task given the larger-than-life personalities of many of the mutants and the powerful forces determined to crush the X-Men.

As is the case with most time-travel stories, the plot to "X-Men: Days of Future Past" can get a bit complicated. With multiple actors playing the same characters at different points in time, I imagine that newbies to the series could have a difficult time keeping up with what's going on in the story.

Fans of the series, on the other hand, should be able to handle all of the story elements with very little difficulty. Those fans should also love that this is a film that knows to temper the over-the-top action sequences with intimate character moments. I quite enjoyed the time devoted to the characters and was especially pleased by getting see them in both their young and old forms.

Of course, it's the big special effects and action spectacles that will be drawing audiences to see this film, and they are very impressive. From the giant robots to the full body transformations of the mutant known as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the film does a great job of making fantastic superpowers seem completely plausible within the context of the story.
On top of all of that, we get to meet a few new X-Men, most notably the time bender known as Quicksilver (Evan Peters) who comes close to stealing the show here. Throw in a lot of fun comedy moments and the end result is a very entertaining piece of summer moviemaking.

At two and a quarter hours, the film may be a tad too long, and that plot will still seem daunting to some audiences, but all things considered, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" joins "Spider-Man 2" and "Captain America" as one of this year's slate of very good comic book movies. Most importantly, this is the movie that will get fans excited about seeing the future adventures of the "X-Men."