One can never get enough of the X-Men film franchises, even when they receive lukewarm responses and never really go anywhere conceptually, apart from acting as another arc to greater character development, of one of the most well-liked characters from the comic books: Wolverine.
Speed to 14 years later, X-Men has become a Byzantine script. There is pranks, a heavy plotline and the film is finally going somewhere conceptually, like how the comic arcs work, when you flip through the pages of one of them, eager to devour the whole story in one go. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is young, and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is trapped 100 floors underneath the Pentagon.
As you take a flashback into the lives of the characters before they became legendary, what you will find is that this is no ordinary flashback – the sequence happens only because the Earth needs to improve in the present, and the secret of that lies only in the past. The past is a time when the mutants are perceived fearfully, just like the present, but somehow they have managed to live through all of that – the guest appearances, in the form of Iceman and others are there just to add some pizzaz to the ensemble nature of some of the scenes, but what you really see is two friends/sworn enemies, Magneto and Xavier end up in a Chinese monastery.
The Vietnam war is raging on in the backdrop, when Wolverine pops up in the background trying to strike a deal of peace between these two protagonists, but you don’t get to find that out, until you reach the end of film. Until then you will just have to wonder if these two powerful characters can truly trust each other or if that is something you can look forward to in yet another X:Men film, stashed with the debate of which of the two, has greater control on the blue, shapeshifting, Mystique.
Film rating: 8/10.