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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Movie review: 'X-men Days of Future Past' untangles the past

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  • The latest installment in the second X-men trilogy, "X-men Days of Future Past," delves deeper into the tangled relationship between Mystique, Professor Xavier and Magneto at a crucial time in American history, the early 1970s, but manages to include plenty of laughs for those who like their superhero flicks a bit on the tongue-in-cheek side.
    Much of the sport is provided by the introduction of Quicksilver, a super fast mutant, who helps a select group of X-men free Magneto from beneath the Pentagon, so he can help change the past to make a better future.
    Why?
    Because in the future, mutants are systematically being eliminated by lethal robots created using Mystique's unique shape-shifter DNA. The machines detect mutants and exterminate them, and there is no recourse but changing the present by altering the past.
    Professor X and Magneto, now banded together in old age, decide to send Wolverine back in time where he must convince the two, who were at odds in the '70s, to work together to divert Mystique from a dangerous path.
    The odd situations mutants encounter in the 1970s and the culture in general provide the majority of the laughs as does some genuine slapstick.
    Michael Fassbender plays an intimidating Magneto with a bit of soul once again and James McAvoy sells the idea of a Professor X tormented by the pain he feels as others suffer during the Vietnam war.
    X-men lovers and general superhero movie fans will find plenty to enjoy with this film.
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