My Thoughts On… X-Men: Days of Future Past

Just a reminder that My Thoughts On… posts may contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film in question, please skip down to Why Should I See This Film? which is spoiler-free! (This post definitely contains spoilers, so avoid if you haven’t seen the film!)

It’s been a long time since I saw this film – forty one days, to be exact. As such, as ever, this mightn’t be the most detailed post in the world. My apologies.

Synopsis

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • First of all, it should be noted that I am a big X-Men fan, and a bit of an apologist. (It should also be noted that when I say fan, I mean of the films, rather than the comic books. I haven’t read the comic books, because comic books intimidate me.) I am the one person who didn’t think X-Men Origins: Wolverine was that bad, because as far as I’m concerned, a mediocre X-Men film is better than no X-Men film. All that being said, I loved Days of Future Past. Like, really loved it.
  • I wasn’t sure where the films where going to go next with regards to the prequels after X-Men: First Class, and I spent a long time wondering what the title was going to be. I was thrilled with the result, because there’s nothing I like more than a bit of time-travelling, particularly when it’s the sort of time travel where paradoxes don’t really matter. There aren’t two Wolverine’s wandering around, because Kitty send Logan’s consciousness back to his old body, so there’s never any danger that the two different versions of him will meet.
  • James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult – there are some pretty awesome actors in this film, and some of my personal favourites, so it was a joy to watch them, even if some of them got less to do than other (Ian McKellen really didn’t get that much screen time, did he?).
  • As well as being a fine, fine actor, James McAvoy is also a very attractive man. Even in his seventies guise, with the hair, he’s still lovely. He’s definitely my favourite X-Men actor.
  • The best sequence of the film had to be the Quicksilver sequence where he danced around the kitchen. It was genuinely funny, and so well done. In fact, Evan Peters just about stole every scene he was in, so it’s a shame he wasn’t in it more. It seems as though he is definitely one for the future though, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing him pop back up (although Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be playing him in the Avengers films, going by the post-credits sting at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
  • I genuinely think that Days of Future Past might be my favourite X-Men film. It combines what I love about First Class and the original trilogy, and manages to make a huge ensemble cast work seamlessly together. Brian Singer (controversial allegations made against him notwithstanding) seems to know and love the universe so much that he was the perfect choice for this film, and the script works well too. First Class and X2 probably run it pretty close, but Days of Future Past might just nick it. I’ll have to watch it again to work out exactly where it ranks.
  • I was pleased with the ending (the actual ending, not the sting), because it sets things up for a great next instalment. I know that X-Men: Apocalypse is already in the pipeline (for a whole two years away – argh!) but it remains to be seen which band of mutants will be taking centre stage. If it’s the First Class gang, as expected, there’s the possibility that the original gang could have their own new movie, as the timeline has been reset. Or, as rumours suggest, Apocalypse could actually bring the two separate groups together again, because let’s face it, it was a pretty big success this time around. No matter what happens, I’m totally excited for the future of this particular franchise.

 

What I Didn’t Like

  • I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, I don’t like Jean Grey. I don’t know if I don’t like the actress, or if it’s actually the character I can’t bear (I suspect it’s a little of both), but I just don’t want to see her. So when she popped up at the very end, my heart sunk. She ruined The Wolverine for me, so I’d prefer it if she’d just remain dead and stop haunting Logan.
  • I wasn’t crazy about the sting at the end of the credits. I know it was setting things up for Apocalypse, but it didn’t feel juicy enough to warrant sitting through the credits for.
  • Nothing to do with the film whatsoever, but we had the annoying family from hell behind us in the cinema when we went to see it. The children all went to the toilet multiple times, grabbing the back of my chair and pulling it back each time they did so. The child directly behind me had their feet on the back of my chair throughout most of the film. And then, to compound matters, the father of this merry little band of code violators spoke at various points throughout the film, using his normal voice, saying things like “That was quick!” when his son got back from his eighth visit to the toilets, and “That’ll be Jean Grey!” moments before Famke Janssen appeared on screen. Yeah, thanks. We all got that.

Why Should I See This Film?

See this film if you’re an X-Men fan, because it’s a great addition to the series. I think it might even be the best of the bunch, though that decision is still pending! If you’re not already a fan, this might not be the best place to start, because it relies on a certain amount of knowledge of the characters to really appreciate all the plot points. If you’re simply undecided, I would say go for it. It has time travel, and time travel done well is always worth a watch. It has a plethora of great characters, some we know well, and some new people to get to know. The action sequences are great, but the character pieces are even better, and all of the actors involved are just fabulous. Just go and see it. It’s awesome.

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