May 10 was a star-studded event as a collection of the world's favorite mutants gathered in New York to celebrate the global premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
And while that alone is enough to make the best of us swoon, Fox did its best to incorporate fans into the X-perience, and Geek was there to witness it all.
The X-Men fan base is one of the most devoted and passionate lots in the world of geekdom, so stepping onto the X-carpet was parallel to the thunderous crowd roaring in a Gladiator-like coliseum. After a rather extensive wait, the first 500 to arrive on-site were escorted to X-Carpet seating to witness all of the magic. Held at New York’s Javits Center, also home to New York Comic Con, the X-themed affair started off with an intense mutant trivia session for the fans allowing participants to win signed shirts, posters and DVDs (yes, we brought a signed poster home – to make our geek brethren proud of course). Keeping the fans engaged, the hall had several holographic-like projectors showing our favorite bad ass mutants in action.
Prior to the pre X-carpet mutant trivia session, the stars of the film (with the exception of Halle Berry and Ian McKellen who were also absent at the premiere) took to Twitter and Facebook to answer some questions, each hour rotating a different actor for the Twitter take over. Fassbender actually answered ours, giving us some of his favorite Magneto moments. But perhaps the most rewarding part of this experience was the chance to get some face time with the stars of the film, including two who are no longer in the franchise, and of course, getting an advance screening of the film itself.
Keeping this spoiler free of course, X-Men: Days of Future Past delivered. If you’re anything like the gang here at Geek, we’ve been holding our breaths and counting the days till DoFP hit theaters.
The Future - Though the comic Days of Future Past was written in the ’80s, the nature of the comic is dark, gritty and leaves the reader anxious for the lives of the X-Men. The future Sentinels are considerably ruthless and tenacious in their search for mutant life forms on a visibly dystopian earth. This, culminated with the ability to adapt, has made them a near indestructible force to defeat. So every moment spent in the future is a time crunching, nail biting roller coaster ride in fear of the fall of our heroes. But visibly it’s spectacular, seeing multiple new mutant powers like Bishop’s energy based gun and Blink’s intricate portal system in action are reminiscent of the ’90s brawl-like mash ups from the animated series which echoed applause from every fan-boy in the theatre.
The Core - Despite all of its action, this is considerably one of the most emotional films in the X-franchise. We see a young Xavier at his lowest point, and the X-Men at their most vulnerable. In between it all is the ongoing political battle for mutant acceptance, and an internal conflict waging within Mystique who may be the emotional core of the film. Per usual, Lawrence as well as the new X-Men roster delivered epic, heartfelt performances. When the two time streams conflict with each other, the past disrupts the future and vice-versa at times leaving our heroes at the mercy of a semi-sporadic force.
The Past - The past paints a brighter picture for the viewer with the retro-cinematographic take on the film. It’s here that Evan Peter’s Quicksilver shines, surpassing expectations in one of the best sequences in the film. There’s even a discreet nod here to his heritage. Though Peter Dinklage doesn’t get a ton of screen time, his performance and delivery is brilliant, channeling his disgust yet intrigue from the mutant race in Bolivar Trask. The action isn’t as intense in the past, because it’s here that we find that emotional pacing of the film. The character development is pure and authentic, and you fall for these characters more than you did in First Class.
What say you Geek Nation? Are you excited for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Be sure to check it out when it hits theaters on May 23.