For my money the best XMEN movie of them all, X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is a clever, action-filled adventure.
In what could have been a very confusing romp but just plays out as a smart journey, the X-MEN send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to 1973 to change the course of history.
The cast is flawless, with Patrick Stewart as Professor X and James McAvoy as the younger Charles Xavier matched by Michael Fassbender as Erik and Ian McKellen as the older Magneto leading the way.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique, Halle Berry returns as Storm and Evan Peters nearly steals the movie as Quicksilver, a mutant with the ability to move so quickly that he's invisible.
A three minute sequence in which Peters flies around a room at full speed and sabotages every enemy guard in sight is brilliant. Set to "Time in A Bottle" it's just one of numerous action set pieces that set this edition out as fast, funny and smart.
It's the first XMEN movie that I didn't feel went on too long. At 131 minutes, it's not brief, but it never feels slow and keeps you engaged from the fast-paced opening to its closing moments.
The brilliant Peter Dinklage brings real power to his role as Dr. Trask, the inventor of the Sentinel robots. His intentions may be good, but like most sentient robots in film history, their intentions are soon outweighed by their ambition.
Every minute of the film is first class and Bryan Singer makes a welcome return to the Director's chair after just producing the last installment.
Who says comic book movies have to be lightweight? This is an amazing cast with a huge budget, a great story and every visual and sound effect that $200 million can buy.
It's money well spent. This is a terrific movie, one of my all time Marvel favorites that gets an exhilarating A.