I love a good superhero movie, and truth be told I even kind of love the bad superhero movies, so it will come as no surprise that I fully enjoyed X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

Sequels are never as exciting as the first iteration of something when the joy is in being surprised.  Sequels have the challenge of staying true to the original but still coming up with something new.  The least compelling idea for superhero sequels in my mind is when they just pile on a whole bunch of villains.  (Batman has done it.  So has Spiderman).  Lame.

But X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST actually had a coherent story line with a single (but still complex) bad guy (and some references to bad guys past).

Whether you are a fan of the original movies or the newer younger X-MEN entourage, you will not be disappointed.  Most of them are in this one along with a few unexpected cameos.

I thought they did an excellent job of weaving past and future together as well as digging more deeply into some of the characters.  When we think superhero movies we don’t often think of in-depth character development but I thought James McAvoy did a great job digging into Charles Xavier (again), and Jennifer Lawrence is pretty much great in everything she does.  (Though truth be told, I would have liked to have gotten a glimpse of Rebecca Romjin again just for old times sake).

If you’re a fan of the comic books, you probably immediately knew who all the new X-MEN that were introduced in this series were, but alas I’m not up on all that, so there were a few that were new to me, that I wanted to know more about.  Next movie, I guess!

And last but not least, though I think it almost goes without saying these days, the special effects were amazing.  You don’t even have to suspend your disbelief, you just believe.  Of course watching the credits it becomes clear that to make that happen takes a literal army, but wow are the results ever impressive!

Of note: The boyfriend went with me to see the movie despite the fact that he had seen NONE of the prior movies, and said it was still understandable and entertaining.  So, if you didn’t catch the earlier movies, don’t let that stop you from going.