When Magneto summoned his last remaining strength to move the paltry scraps of metal – the remains of the X-Men’s SR-71 Blackbird – in a feeble attempt to reinforce the door hiding Charles Xavier and the last remaining free mutants of Earth, it was obvious who had won. The resignation on Erik’s face said it all. The two most powerful mutants, now friends again, were about to meet their end.
They, and the humans who dare help them, are fighting an enemy they cannot defeat. It is up to Logan, and the younger Charles and Erik, sworn enemies, to change the past and win the war before it even started.
There are so many things that this movie does right, thanks in large part to director Bryan Singer. All the seeming inconsistencies between the previous X-Men movies were tied up beautifully, the flashbacks were well-timed and helpful even to the casual viewer, and despite the gruesome death scenes and ominous sense of defeat, there is a lot of fun to be had.
You never really see the X-Men overwhelm the enemies in this one. They were outmatched, and it was a little disappointing not to see Wolverine’s adamantium claws while fighting against the sentinels. Yet it evoked a sense of desperation that feels kinda fresh in an X-Men movie, and a deep sense of urgency was pulled off without the need for the ubiquitous countdown timer (take that, Avengers).
Finally, this sets the stage for something even more awesome in the next film. For those who’ve seen the movie and extra scene, you know what I mean. For the rest, it’s time to give our mutant brethren a visit at the box office.