This film begins where Last Stand left us all the way back in 2006, after the war between mutants and humans had really begun to take its hold. The film allows the audience to connect with Professor X/Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy) in a way that was previously impossible, due to the real insight that is given as to the man he was before he had come to terms with his accident and the way his life would change when he set up his ‘school for gifted students’. Also the casting of James McAvoy as the young Charles Xavier was truly inspired, as shown by his earlier performance in First Class (2011), and he did not fail to deliver in this much-awaited sequel.
As well as this, there is also finally an answer to the incident at the end of Last Stand when Magneto/Eric Lensherr (Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender) was supposedly turned human after he was hit with a serum that was meant to rid him of his powers. In Days of Future Past we learn that he does in fact still possess his power to manipulate metal in the same way he has done throughout the other X-Men films.
However, there was a slight continuity error concerning Wolverine/Logan (Hugh Jackman): at the end of his film The Wolverine (2013), Logan is seen to lose his metal claws in Japan after his fight with Yashida, who wanted his gift to be able to regenerate himself when injured, and they seem to grow back as bone. Still, at the beginning of Days of Future Past the metal claws are back; unless he can regenerate the metal within his body, then surely he should still have his bone claws. This however seems to be the only error within the film so maybe we should let them off for such a small mistake.
The film seems to have been an immediate success with fans of the franchise, as it has already reached around the $610 million mark after only two weeks in cinemas. This may be partly down to the directing genius that is Bryan Singer as a returning director to the X-Men series – he was able to show off the talent of the actors who are part of the X-Men movie franchise. As well as this, the film really allowed the audience to feel connected to Logan, as it truly enables the audience to see how much he does care about the future of mutants and, more importantly, about Professor X. The film also allows the audience to see that deep down maybe the character of Magneto is not as sinister as he is made out to be, as at a key moment in the story he shows that he has a startling capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice.
So, all in all, good job, Marvel.