"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Scores 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, But Will It Hold?

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

When Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” was released in 2000 and was both commercially successful and critically acclaimed, it launched a franchise that also spawned two spin-offs.

The first of which was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” focusing on the series’ most popular character.

The second was “X-Men: First Class,” which goes back to a time when the mutants were younger and figuring things out. It’s like a reboot with younger cast members.

Although Singer didn’t helm any of the spin-offs, he returned to direct “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the sequel to the second spin-off “X-Men: First Class.” The second installment unites the older characters from the first franchise with their younger counterparts from the spinoff through a plot that involves time-travel. Cast members from both franchises appear in the film. This arrangement neatly ties together the previous films in the series.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens this Friday, and Rotten Tomatoes already has reviews, even though a review embargo is in place until opening day.

With over fifty reviews days before its opening (what embargo?), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” scores a near perfect 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. With the exception of “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” films in the mutant superhero series have been well-reviewed.

From best to worst, here’s how they rank on Rotten Tomatoes: “X-Men: First Class” and “X2: X-Men United” are both at 87%; “X-Men” is at 82%; “The Wolverine” is at 69%; “X-Men: The Last Stand” is at 58%; and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the worst at 38%. (Here’s the full write-up at Rotten Tomatoes.)

If the score for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” holds up on opening day when most of the reviews come out, it would be the best-reviewed of the series. But can it? Remember that “Godzilla” went from 90% to 73% last week, and “The Amazing Spider-man 2” went from 68% to 54% a few weeks before that. Those are huge drops. Will the latest “X-Men” follow that trend?

I saw it yesterday. After the film, I had to do a little research to straighten out the plot, so that aspect of the film could be clearer. I like seeing wisecracking Wolverine on the big screen again -- you know, the fun guy from the first three X-Men films instead of the overly emotional one from the spin-off. He’s a great tour guide for a trip to the past, providing just enough humor here and there so we don’t take everything too seriously and remember to have fun.

In a film with so many characters new and old, Quicksilver is the one who stands out. The sequence in the first act where he helps Wolverine, Beast, and Professor X break Magneto out of jail is easily the best of the film. But that’s also the underlying problem with it too. The best stuff’s in the beginning. The rest isn’t bad, it’s just not as good. Still, I thought it was satisfying -- the second best X-Men movie behind “X2: X-Men United.”

While I don’t think the Rotten Tomatoes score for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will stay in the 90s, I don’t think it’ll go through the double-digit drops experienced by “Godzilla” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” either. Because it’s a solid blockbuster with a group of award-winning actors -- Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence -- the final score will probably settle in the mid to high 80s.

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