X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future Past

  • Though imperfect, Days of Future Past is one of the better installments in the X-Men franchise.
  • Largely because it is quickly paced and entertaining.
  • Not to mention well acted. Special mention to James McAvoy (Professor Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto), who shine brighter than the film’s other myriad stars.
  • That Days of Future Past includes some tremendous visual effects helps, as well. Though not as much as director Brian Singer’s restraint in how he uses them. Simply put, Singer does not over-rely on the effects.
  • Still, Singer and writer Simon Kinberg are overambitious, trying to develop too many characters at the same time they advance too much complex plot, a decision that renders many of the characters’ paths hurried, most especially Magneto’s and Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence).
  • The writer and director also fail to answer some important questions, starting with the elder Xavier (Patrick Stewart) looking like he always has, even though his body was thoroughly destroyed in The Last Stand (2006). That there are occasions in which we see visuals from that mid-2000s film means its events remain canon. So how is Xavier alive, in his original body?
  • Furthermore, the denouement is rushed. Instead of providing satisfying conclusion to Days of Future Past, it seems intended to set up sequels.
  • But none of that is not to suggest this film is less than satisfying. It is a good summer blockbuster and well worth viewing.
  • Final Grade: B

20 thoughts on “X-Men: Days of Future Past

  1. I too am in the minority of liking but not loving this. It may be a result of me not caring much anymore for the X-Men or their heavy handed reflection on society, and my large distaste for movies that revolve around time travel.

    • I share your X-Men fatigue and your general dislike of time travel.

      But I also think this flick makes some mistakes independent of all of that, so I believe you have good reason to like but not love it. 🙂

      • You’re right. I actually couldn’t remember the happenings of Professor X from the third film, which maybe tells me that I should have rewatched the previous 3 prior to First Class.

        Still, there became a point where I looked past the plot and just waited for the next action scene, which are well shot!

  2. The Last Stand is a horrible movie so I understand why Singer had to take some shortcuts to make sense of everything. The franchise got pretty messed up! Magneto and Mystique are somewhat rushed though…great point!

    • I can understand it, too, which is why my grade remains high. I just think he needed to do one of two things. 1. Include some dialogue of exposition; this is a superhero movie. We’ll suspend our disbelief pretty quickly. Or 2. Go the Highlander 3 route and pretend the previous film doesn’t exist. This option would mean no images from the flick, though, not even Wolverine and Jean.

  3. I gave this one a 4.5 as it really hits a lot of notes I expected… it’s entertaining, well-acted, but also emotionally-resonant, just like the first two X-Men films were. I felt that the Wolverine movies fell short to this (and even First Class). I guess he’s more watchable when he’s in a group setting.

    • So far that is definitely true of Wolverine. 🙂

      I think it good, but I love it less than you do. I think it makes enough missteps that it doesn’t quite reach greatness.

    • It very well could, since it seems sequels are going to be the events Wolverine, in his current form, doesn’t remember. What happens with Trask? Fassbender’s Magneto? And so forth. That means we could easily have prequels to the original trilogy and in media-res-quels to Days of Future Past. The Venn diagrams could get hard to draw. 🙂

      We’ll have to see.

  4. Hi, good to see you back. I rather enjoyed X-men too. I still don’t buy Lawrence in the role. She’s a great actor, but it just doesn’t seem to suit her.

  5. You make many excellent points here, but the one I have to agree with the most is the baffling handling of Charles Xavier. That some events of The Last Stand factored into DoFP effectively negates the argument that Singer here was simply trying to erase whatever mistakes Brett Ratner had made in ’06. By including that, as you note, the canon is mindful of every installment, thus making his reappearance random. I honestly overlooked it at the time of viewing, but there’s no denying there are several flaws that come out of the woodwork after reflecting. Still, at the time I had an absolute blast.

    • Thanks for the kind words!

      I had an absolute blast, too, actually, which is the primary reason this still gets a high grade. It accomplishes every one of its objectives, really. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, you know?

      • For sure. I have started to contemplate my own score of it, but I won’t change it. There was just too much fun to be had. But you’re right. The movie becomes weaker with each second thought I have of it. Which, still doesn’t mean it’ll get taken down that far. This was a strong addition, and, let’s face it, a far superior follow-up to The Last Stand.

      • Or The Wolverine. Or Origins. And, really, even than First Class. I’d put this up there with the second flick for the best in the series. I might even put it first.

  6. Excellent bit here! While there were flaws to this, I must say that I had an absolute and total blast with it. I thought it was well put together, good acting, and lovely effects.

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