By: Connor Lenahan
I learned a smart lesson last night: Don’t stay up until 2:20 AM if you have to wake up for a 9 AM shift at work. You will be drowsy and come frighteningly close to falling asleep on the job. Thankfully I stayed awake in the office today, but I did need to rally from a very late night.
Why so late you ask to your computer screen (which is odd because you’re having a one way conversation with an inanimate object)? I went to the premiere of the latest X-Men movie with my friends Eric Fanning and Meghan Green.
Full disclosure: Last night was the first time I saw anything more than a trailer for any of the X-Men movies. Seriously. Everyone I had told this to yesterday was shocked I hadn’t seen any of them previously. This is a fair bit of surprise given that they are superhero movies and this is the seventh in the series. I just never got around to it. For the longest time I had no interest in seeing mutants run around fighting each other. I thought it was dumb.
Then I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’d like to take this moment to apologize to everyone associated with the franchise for not jumping onto the bandwagon years ago.
The extent of my knowledge heading into this movie was about as minimal as possible. Simply because I grew up in the 2000s I knew which major mutants corresponded with which actors. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine; he has solo movies in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine which really take out any doubts on who he is. Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy both play Charles Xavier/Professor X. Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender both play Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr. Jennifer Lawrence is the sexy Smurf. Halle Berry has crazy eyes. That nerdy guy turns into the animal Smurf. Peter Dinklage is awesome. I think I had it down for the most part.
I’m not going to try and recap what happens because that would defeat the purpose of this article. You can look up reviews from tons of places from people that know what the hell is going on in the world of X-Men. I’d be embarrassing myself to try and do the same. I admit to knowing nothing.
I also admit to straight up loving this movie while knowing zero back story coming in. This is a hell of a lot closer to The Dark Knight than The Avengers in terms of tone, which sells me ten ways from Sunday. It’s smart, engaging, exceedingly well plotted, dark, and in general everything that one could want in a superhero movie.
Everyone does a good job with their respective characters here, but I want to put a special spotlight on Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender here. They came to play. Lawrence is in top form as always. This really wasn’t shocking. Name me a performance in which she’s bad. That’s like asking you to find a non-delicious Pizza Roll; it doesn’t exist. Lawrence picks up on the serious nature the movie reaches for effortlessly and everything about her is just perfect for the role.
Fassbender again displays that he’s incredible as a villain as Magneto. He’s coming off an Oscar nomination for playing a slave owner in 12 Years a Slave. Even though this is a blockbuster film he brings the same level of intensity and dedication to the role here. Deadspin’s Will Leitch pointed out that Fassbender might be the best actor alive right now. I would have a hard time arguing against that. That is how good he is here.
Also, young Magneto is the most impeccably dressed super villain in history. I’m not kidding, you could/should see this simply for the insanely awesome style Fassbender has. He wears ascots. He isn’t playing games.
There’s a decent chance that I’m going to see this movie again in the next 24 hours. That’s how good it is. It’s not just “good for a superhero movie.” It’s not just “a good movie.” It’s a spectacular movie.
Trust me here, with a long weekend in front of us, make a point to go see it. You won’t regret your decision.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in journalism.