Marvel's mutants are charging back into theaters Friday -- just in time for the Memorial Day weekend -- with their latest big-screen venture.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" packs stars of both the old and new X-Men film franchises into a time-traveling blockbuster that has Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sent back in time to help the younger versions of the heroes prevent events that lead to a dystopian future.
Directed by Bryan Singer and packed with stars like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lawrence, the film has so far been well-received by critics -- as of this writing, it holds a 93 percent "Fresh" rating on the review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com.
Read on to see what some of them had to say:
"While it's more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe. And it ups the stakes by threatening nothing less than the genocide of the mutant population, among them faces old and new. Huge worldwide box office seems guaranteed." -- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.
"Back at the helm of the Fox/Marvel franchise he successfully launched 14 years ago, director Bryan Singer stages a stealth reboot by introducing a playful time-travel element to the ongoing saga, bringing two generations of mutantkind together in a story that toggles cleverly (if not always 100% coherently) between the political tumult of 1973 and a not-so-distant dystopian future." -- Justin Chang, Variety.
"McAvoy and Fassbender inhabit their parts almost as superbly as veterans Stewart and McKellen. Wolverine's sardonic wit is established just after he's sent back in time and wakes up sloshing on a water bed gazing at a lava lamp. He's both brawny and soulful. Lawrence takes to her amplified role nimbly -- it's hard to imagine anyone better suited to the part." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today.
"Most notable is newcomer Evan Peters, who nearly steals the film as the fast-moving Quicksilver, whose extraction of Magneto from high-security captivity in a sub-basement of the Pentagon combines visionary action and slapstick comedy in a brilliant sequence." -- Lou Lumenick, New York Post.
"[It's] a lot of plot. The film brings together the cast of the original X-Men films and the upstarts of the clever 2011 reboot 'X-Men: First Class' -- effectively teaming up several generations of X-Men (and ensuring that someone seated behind you will be asking, 'Wait, OK, who is that again?'). And yet Singer keeps what matters clear and snappy enough." -- Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune.
"'Days of Future Past' occasionally feels the burden of juggling this many characters and timelines and events; fans of the series should know that, apart from Wolverine, it's the 'First Class' incarnations of the X-Men that get the bulk of the screen time." -- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap.
"I do wish that Dinklage's Trask had more layers to his villainy and Lawrence had more to do. But these are minor complaints. The main one for fans of the comics, I think, will be that with so much ground to cover, certain mutants get shortchanged. But you can't have it all. Plus, there's always the next sequel." -- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly.
Tell us: Do you plan to see "X-Men: Days of Future Past"?