X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review

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As I’ve re-watched all of the X-Men movies over the past week, it’s been a little difficult to nail down a common theme, especially since two of them are spin-offs.  Ignoring the Wolverine movies, the plots are similar: mutants-vs-humans mixed with mutants-vs-mutants with an emphasis on how to deal with persecution.  Xavier always wants peace, but from Magneto’s perspective, he’s tried assimilation (X-Men), annihilation (X2), mobilization (X-Men: The Last Stand), and retribution (X-Men: First Class).  But thus far we’ve only seen a nebulous notion of “Peace Is Good” from Professor X.  X-Men: Days of Future Past brings substance to Xavier’s beliefs and brings a new characteristic to the series: salvation.  Although this approach mostly removes the ensemble aspect I’ve enjoyed in these movies, the latest X-Men has the most admirable values thus far.  And while the action, pacing, and visuals aren’t quite as sharp as a couple of the other movies, director Bryan Singer has still managed to reclaim the series’ past, present, and future.

In the year 2023, the world has been overrun by Sentinels, powerful robots that were originally created to track and eliminate mutants.  Only a handful of mutants remain in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, and they decide their only solution is to go back in time to 1973 and stop the inciting event: a young Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) assassinating the Sentinels’ creator, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), which had the unintended consequence of convincing humans that they needed the Sentinel program.  In order to save the world, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) have Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) use her power to send Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back in time.  Because of his mutant healing power, he’s the only one who can possibly survive the journey.  His mission is to reunite a despondent young Xavier (James McAvoy) and incarcerated Magneto (Michael Fassbender) so they can stop Mystique before the Sentinels in the future kill the remaining X-Men.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is packed with a cavalcade of mutants, especially in the future, but these characters amount mostly to cameos and some cool action scenes.  Even in the past, Magneto, Mystique, and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) all have greatly reduced roles.  This is really Xavier’s story with an assist from Wolverine, and it shows how a deeply flawed individual can be not only a leader, but a guiding voice for world peace.  That may sound a bit grandiose, but Days of Future Past hits upon an important quality that doesn’t get much attention in blockbusters: empathy.

Although the movie refers to it as “hope” (as in hoping to appeal to the better angels of our nature as opposed to Magneto, who believes we can only fight fire with fire), what Xavier is really trying to achieve is understanding the hurt and pain people feel, and rather than run from it, embrace it.  When we see Xavier in 1973, he’s turned his back on the world.  His only companion is Beast, who functions more as a caretaker than a student, confidant, or colleague.  In First Class, Xavier easily read and controlled people’s minds, but he rarely felt their emotions.  Days of Future Past has him discovering the difference between controlling and leading, and that difference comes from trying to understand others rather than, as Magneto would do, intimidate them.

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Because Magneto remains firm in his beliefs, he’s not as interesting this time around.  It’s not that he should have some grand arc; some people don’t change, and it’s believable that Magneto would remain inflexible even if it does pain him to turn against Xavier and Mystique.  It’s a bit of a disappointment to get less Michael Fassbender, especially since he was so good in X-Men: First Class, and Days of Future Past isn’t quite sure what to do with the actor beyond using him mainly for set pieces.

Mystique fares a little better as the fate of the world ultimately lies with her, but that makes her more of a symbol, and also sets her away from other characters since she’s being torn between her desire to get revenge against Trask for experimenting on mutants, and the familial love she has for Xavier (the movie also makes clear that while Xavier loves her like a sister, Beast still has romantic feelings for her).  Nevertheless, she has less of the spotlight than she did in First Class.

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The movie is still filled with fun characters, but I never expected Quicksilver (Evan Peters) would steal the show.  He’s an absolute blast as he’s not only funny, effervescent, and skillfully brought into the plot, but he also has the film’s best action scene.  It’s reminiscent of what Singer was able to do with Nightcrawler in X2 as the editing has an exciting agility that terrifically showcases an individual mutant’s ability.  Quicksilver is an important reminder that we should never judge a character by his crappy costume.

As for the rest of the action, it’s not quite on par with what I was expecting given what Singer was able to accomplish in X2 even though he has more mutants at his disposal.  That’s not to diminish what’s in Days of Future Past; X2 is a high bar, but there’s a sizzle missing to the proceedings that I felt in X2 and First Class.  Walking out of Days of Future Past, I wasn’t puzzling over what I thought was the best action scene in the movie.  The action was never a letdown, but Singer has a little trouble outdoing the excellent work he did in 2003.

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These minor disappointments always accompany the film’s strengths.  Days of Future Past isn’t visually bland like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it also lacks the distinct palette and striking cinematography of X2 and First Class.  The movie is by no means ugly or forgettable, but it seems like Singer is seeking a middle ground between his own style, what director Matthew Vaughn did in First Class, and the 1973 aesthetic (Singer has no problem managing the visually engrossing 2023 setting).

Another issue is that it’s clear there were some heavy cuts in terms of streamlining the story.  I have to give great credit to editor John Ottman, who keeps it feeling like a cohesive story even if the pacing isn’t quite as tight as his work on X2.  Part of the problem is keeping young Xavier as the focal point, but what makes the best X-Men movies work is how the ensembles bounce off each other.  McAvoy does a terrific job of carrying the movie, and Jackman is reliable as always, but Days of Future Past has difficulty transitioning between Magneto, Mystique, and the mutants in the future.

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But these feel like minor qualms because with Singer retaking control of the franchise, X-Men has an identity again.  When John Ottman‘s score comes blasting in over the opening credits, I got a giddy thrill.  Rather than watching another entry in a franchise, I was watching the continuation of a universe.  To put it kindly, Singer is shaking off the cobwebs, but he doesn’t have too much trouble taking back what he began with X-Men, and doing so in an interesting way.  It may be an old plot in more ways than one, but the perspective and humanity at its center gives Days of Future Past its own identity to the point where it’s willing to drastically reinvent the entire franchise.  I imagine the ending will be controversial, and I have mixed feelings on it myself.  But Singer, who has never shied away from editorializing in his X-Men movies, can be heard loud and clear when one character says they have “a second chance to define who we are.”  In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the future has gone to hell, and salvation lies in the past.

That’s a fun way to define the future of a movie franchise, but within the bounds of this one movie, salvation takes on a more powerful note that lets us view an old character in a new light.  More importantly, the film has an uplifting core that’s essential in a story filled with darkness and despair.  It’s no longer enough to say you want peace, love, and understanding.  The movie takes the time to figure out how to achieve these goals.  Arriving at the answer involves a few fits and starts in a film that’s filled with good action, charming performances, and a genuine appreciation of the X-Men saga (or at least parts of it).  Ultimately, by putting the emphasis on forgiveness rather than the fight, X-Men: Days of Future Past feels like a new mutation, and the series has evolved for the better.

Rating: B

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  • ScratStitch

    “Arriving at the answer involves a few fits and starts in a film that’s filled with good action, charming performances, and a genuine appreciation of the X-Men saga (or at least parts of it)”

    Sounds to me like the only “parts of it” that Singer has any appreciation for are from the movies he directed himself. :(

    • World’s Finest Comments

      I’m not sure that’s what he meant. I think he meant Singer wasn’t sure how to handle a tone that Matthew Vaughn already established so well and didn’t want to ruffle with that too much. I think he still had a genuine respect towards it.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      I’m not sure that’s what he meant. I think he meant Singer wasn’t sure how to handle a tone that Matthew Vaughn already established so well and didn’t want to ruffle with that too much. I think he still had a genuine respect towards it.

    • JoKEr

      X-men: Days of Future Past > TDKR.

    • JoKEr

      X-men: Days of Future Past > TDKR.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Good for you.

      • BigJimSlade

        Just about any other superhero movie ever made > TDKR.

      • MicHaeL

        lol How ’bout no?… Geez, I’m by no means a Nolan-fanboy or even a Batman-fanboy, but I do know that “TDKR” is still better than crap like “Last Stand” or ‘Spider-Man 3′ and other failures like those.

      • Nostfubruce

        no yer another one of those dipshit who pretend to have an opinion on anything but is really just a sheep …the third batman movie was BETTER than the overrated 2008 film which is only praised becuz of the joker HYPE …yes ledger was good but it was all blown out way too much the last movie was the best. and u all suck its hard cock.

      • dg

        Really? Some people are actually still on the TDKR subject? Good lord get over it already.

      • nostfubruce

        The only people on about it are virgin losers who sit online all day and have NOOOOOOOOOOO LIVES

      • eeep

        What? No stfu u stupid CLOD trying to talk shit about the last batman movie which was BETTER than the BULLSHIT ovverrated dark knight just becuz of the JOKER…ur all band wagon hopping SHEEP the dark knight rises was excellent and u losers who LIVE online join these shit talking trend but under every video for TDKR the ratings are top and the views are large…so actions speak louder than words cuz u gits have no lives and just look for these clubs to join you’re all wankers

  • LL

    Takeaway: they should fire whoever did the marketing for this film.

    • http://www.PopCultureWhore.com/ Pop Culture Whore

      @disqus_CaqQrHGZCv:disqus It’s on track for over $100 million in it’s first weekend. They should be giving the marketing department a huge bonus.

      • LL

        The fact that most are very surprised that this film turned out so well is indicative that all the hamburger commercials and campy posters did some damage.

  • The Flobbit

    Can’t wait to see it and make up my own mind.

  • Person

    So awesome to see the reviews for this almost unanimously good. Didn’t read Matt’s review, as I avoid spoilers like the plague, but the B is reassuring. Nice to know Fox’s gamble might have actually paid off.

    Now to see it for myself tomorrow night; haven’t seen any trailers/TV spots, but the brief synopsis I read makes it sound a lot like X2, so I’m hoping that’s not the case (I love X2, but I don’t want a repeat).

    • Dave

      You don’ have to worry.
      Yes, the X-Men movie it’s probably closest to is X2, but only in so far as it’s got the same strengths and provokes a similar good felling. It’s by no means a repetition. If you love X2, then you *at least* like the hell out of this one too! Have fun!

      • Andrew Sanders

        X2 is one of my fave movies ever so I’m looking forward to seeing this later this evening.
        I do wonder how/if DOFP explains Kitty’s new mutant ability to exchange consciousnesses back through time though.
        I’m glad they kept Ellen Page for this character from The Last Stand as she’s perfect.

    • Lance

      I saw it and probably enjoyed it the most of any of the X-Men movies. But keep in mind, I didn’t think X2 was particularly awesome.

    • Person

      Finally saw this. Last 30 minutes or so were awesome, and everything with Quicksilver was hysterical (Avengers 2 has a tall order, especially with Bland Taylor-Johnson in the role), but overall I can’t shake that sort of “that’s it?” feeling. I liked it, I think a B/B- is fair, but I guess the hype had me expecting something mind-blowing, and what I saw a perfectly competent but not particularly inspired superhero film. I also didn’t sense much of a Bryan Singer stamp on the production. Anyway, just thought I’d share. Matt’s review is pretty much on the money.

  • Person

    So awesome to see the reviews for this almost unanimously good. Didn’t read Matt’s review, as I avoid spoilers like the plague, but the B is reassuring. Nice to know Fox’s gamble might have actually paid off.

    Now to see it for myself tomorrow night; haven’t seen any trailers/TV spots, but the brief synopsis I read makes it sound a lot like X2, so I’m hoping that’s not the case (I love X2, but I don’t want a repeat).

  • World’s Finest Comments

    I still think that poster makes Xavier look like he’s farting fire and is being lifted by it…
    Hope the blu-ray box art doesn’t use that one.

    • Starjammer

      cannot unsee!!! XD

    • doctor_robot

      hahaha!!! i just went back to check it out… thanks for pointing that out. that made me laugh out loud at work. made my day.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    I still think that poster makes Xavier look like he’s farting fire and is being lifted by it…
    Hope the blu-ray box art doesn’t use that one.

  • God’s Diamond

    I don’t like singer cuz of the costumes he chose or the fact that it’s basically the wolverine show, but I like the cast, even Daniel cud more who is colossus. Just saw him in the halo 4 forward unto dawn blu ray and for the sake of people like him I want this movie to be good

    • Aquartertoseven

      “I don’t like singer cuz of the costumes he chose”

      Your stupidity, it’s giving me a headache. I hope to Christ that I have some aspirin handy.

      • God’s Diamond

        It seems like a headache is the least of the afflictions affecting your head you should worry about. Is quarter to 7 when you need to take your meds?

      • Aquartertoseven

        Weak comeback.

      • dg

        Indeed. Weak as fuhhh

      • dgisahomo

        Homo

      • twatlicker

        You like cum on your back!

  • God’s Diamond

    I don’t like singer cuz of the costumes he chose or the fact that it’s basically the wolverine show, but I like the cast, even Daniel cud more who is colossus. Just saw him in the halo 4 forward unto dawn blu ray and for the sake of people like him I want this movie to be good

  • Strong Enough

    I can’t wait till they take Singer off this and reboot this whole fuckin thing. call it “The New X-Men” maybe Uncanny X-Men. The injustice that they did to Cyclops is so wrong. It blows my mind how they can just screw up one of the most important x-men and toss him to the side. I mean ITS FUCKIN CYCLOPS! really? This singer x-men franchise will always be crap to me even if days of future past ends up being timeless. People asked who should be the face of the x-men after wolverine and it should be Cyclops.

    *ducks*

    • Faptain America
    • Person

      That was bound to happen, Wolverine is more recognizable and Jackman is a better actor. Not to disrespect James Marsden, but the studio would never have allowed a guy with only half a face to lead a franchise like this. They could’ve opted to go more “true” to the comics, but then you’d end up with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, so there’s that. Some re-invention and adaptation for the big screen is not only necessary, but healthy.

      Wouldn’t mind seeing him get an Origins movie, though. That could be interesting.

      • Strong Enough

        I don’t know. If you pick the right actor I think it could work. Still I hate the way they made him such a weak character in the movies. I mean this is the leader of the X-men and they reduce him to a supporting character. sicking

      • Person

        The only way that’d happen is they made the X-Men series into Wolverine/Cyclops buddy movies, almost like the first half of First Class was with X/Magneto. But that’d sideline other X-Men and people would complain about that. It’s an endless cycle, they can’t please everyone.

      • Strong Enough

        Make a X-Men film where there is no stand out. Just an X-Men film where they work together as a team. Just like Avengers. There doesn’t need to be a front runner. It can work. These are interesting characters with unique personalities if you write them well

      • Person

        I get that, but from Fox’s perspective back in the late 1990s, it was a gamble to make a huge superhero team movie (pretty much the first ever) out if an expensive property with an indie director at the helm. They weren’t gonna take huge risks, so they put a Wolverine front and center.

        If they ever fully reboot the entire series, which seems highly unlikely for at least the next several years, your approach would be great, and was sort of done with First Class. But at the time this franchise launched, it could never have happened.

      • Strong Enough

        Yeah they have a chance after apocalypse. seems like a great way to finish this universe

      • Doug_101

        Exactly. The biggest issue with X-Men is that it should be a TV show. The cast and stories are too big to be contained in 2-hour movies. Avengers can get away with it, because they are all solo heroes first and a team second, but the X-Men are team first. A TV show could give them all equal time.

      • Person

        The only way that’d happen is they made the X-Men series into Wolverine/Cyclops buddy movies, almost like the first half of First Class was with X/Magneto. But that’d sideline other X-Men and people would complain about that. It’s an endless cycle, they can’t please everyone.

    • milo

      People who haven’t read the comics don’t know about Cyclops and don’t care. He wasn’t handled well in these movies but I love just about everything else Singer has done. X2 is still one of my favorite superhero movies ever and I’m not going to let one character ruin these movies for me.

      • milo

        And really Cyclops could have been redeemed in the third movie, instead he got killed off which wasn’t Singer’s fault.

      • brNdon

        Technically it was Singer’s fault since Cyclops was killed off so that Marsden could be in Superman Returns which was directed by Singer.

      • milo

        That’s not Singer’s fault. If he really wasn’t available much there are plenty of other ways they could have kept his screen time down other than killing him off.

      • milo

        That’s not Singer’s fault. If he really wasn’t available much there are plenty of other ways they could have kept his screen time down other than killing him off.

      • Strong Enough

        I’m not one of those people who praise X2 either. I think all of the x-men movies are crap except First Class.

      • Strong Enough

        I’m not one of those people who praise X2 either. I think all of the x-men movies are crap except First Class.

      • milo

        That was obvious from your first post.

      • Person

        Really man? Crap? X2 is fantastic, First Class is mostly very good, X-Men 1 and 3 are flawed but decent, and The Wolverine is at least 2/3 of a brilliant superhero film, X-Men or otherwise. The only one that can really qualify as crap is Origins. I understand wanting the films to stay true to the comics, but to call them crap for not being slavishly faithful is a ridiculous overstatement.

      • Strong Enough

        Yes utter crap. First Class and The Wolverine are the only exception.

      • HereToHelp

        Good God why are you everywhere? For your sake I hope many people use this username and it’s not just you on every post I come across. And if it is, you probably don’t much care how much I tell you that you have no life. Maybe I just couldn’t get on with my night without letting you know a girlfriend might be good for you. I’m here to help you my friend, get off the movie websites, and find you a nice girl. One love.

      • http://www.PopCultureWhore.com/ Pop Culture Whore

        @HereToHelp If you think that only finding a nice girl can give fulfillment then you need some major help of your own.

      • Strong Enough

        its not my fault my russian mail bride hasn’t come yet.

    • randommale7

      Just watch the movie; trust me, you’ll be happy with the end ;)

      • Andrew Sanders

        Yes,indeed.i watched it yesterday evening & was very happy with how they finished off the story.

    • Mehdi Akbar

      People act as if the same thing doesn’t happen in the comics all the time.

    • Mehdi Akbar

      People act as if the same thing doesn’t happen in the comics all the time.

    • Bob

      Dude…Cyclops shots a beam out of his eyes…he kinda sucks lol…

      And, besides, your complaining about Singer when he did not kill him…in fact if you saw the movie, he brought him back.

    • Bob

      Dude…Cyclops shots a beam out of his eyes…he kinda sucks lol…

      And, besides, your complaining about Singer when he did not kill him…in fact if you saw the movie, he brought him back.

      • Strong Enough

        Bryan singer is at fault for giving us that WEAK CYCLOPS in the first place

  • Strong Enough

    I can’t wait till they take Singer off this and reboot this whole fuckin thing. call it “The New X-Men” maybe Uncanny X-Men. The injustice that they did to Cyclops is so wrong. It blows my mind how they can just screw up one of the most important x-men and toss him to the side. I mean ITS FUCKIN CYCLOPS! really? This singer x-men franchise will always be crap to me even if days of future past ends up being timeless. People asked who should be the face of the x-men after wolverine and it should be Cyclops.

    *ducks*

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Love the review. Really gets me excited to see this movie as Matt does a good job of never revealing spoilers but entices with what to expect on an emotional level from a film like this. Can’t wait to see it Saturday.

  • zac

    credit where credits due….much better reviews matt without that cyanide of bias distaste you use to sneak in

  • Pope

    Saw it in Ireland today. It was boring. Very poor VFX. Too long. Quicksilver stole the show and needs his own stand alone movie. Also, Bryan Singer gave himself a cameo. Was kinda creepy.

    • Aquartertoseven

      To determine the credibility of your opinion, what did you think of the other X-Men films?

    • Pk

      Oh stfu and blow an alter boy would you!?

    • McA

      What was the Singer cameo? I agree mostly with your assessment. It was quite dull and uninvolving. The future stuff was the worst though. Bishop was mostly an excuse to go – ‘woah, look he can absorb stuff!’. And my goodness, the younger future actors have the most dull expressionless faces.

      The past stuff makes the movie bearable but the more I think about it, the more I realize that they absolutely wasted Magneto – they totally failed to capitalize on how awesome he was in FC. Fassbender does his best with the material though. Kudos though for his costume. They’ve finally got it right.

      I’m a bit puzzled by a lot of the praise the movie is getting. And man, that score is crap compared to Jackman’s score in FC.

  • Pope

    Saw it in Ireland today. It was boring. Very poor VFX. Too long. Quicksilver stole the show and needs his own stand alone movie. Also, Bryan Singer gave himself a cameo. Was kinda creepy.

  • aFabricationUnlikeAnother

    An “A+” is the only suitable grade for this film. Your grade indicates that you may have possibly either misunderstood the film or didn’t fully comprehend its genius. I look forward to your revision.

    • Spanky

      Or… *gasp* perhaps had a different opinion then you?

      Nah….

      • aFabricationUnlikeAnother

        No, that cannot be. I am absolute. Please, consider your response before posting.

    • Spanky

      Or… *gasp* perhaps had a different opinion then you?

      Nah….

  • Interesting

    So it’s closer to a D considering how much you overrated all the others in the franchise.

  • Davis

    So singer doesn’t care about continuity just like he doesn’t care about age?

    • milo

      What gave you that impression?

      • Davis

        Have seen any of the movies?

      • milo

        Yes, I have. You didn’t answer the question. Is that comment based on this review or seeing DOFP?

        And singer has only made three of the six movies, there are plenty of continuity issues but from what I’ve seen the much bigger ones have been in the ones he didn’t do.

      • Davis

        Seeing the whole franchise every movie that add something that doesn’t make sense

      • Davis

        Seeing the whole franchise every movie that add something that doesn’t make sense

      • milo

        Yes, I have. You didn’t answer the question. Is that comment based on this review or seeing DOFP?

        And singer has only made three of the six movies, there are plenty of continuity issues but from what I’ve seen the much bigger ones have been in the ones he didn’t do.

    • McA

      Zing.

    • McA
      • Davis

        That was his first draft

      • McA

        I wonder if he was successful in his mission to stop his younger self filing charges?

      • McA

        I wonder if he was successful in his mission to stop his younger self filing charges?

    • Doug

      Every movie in the franchise is reference (although some only in a small way). I’d say he absolutely respected continuity.

  • Unicron

    Great review Mr.

    Guess who steals the show?!

  • eternalozzie

    I never had a doubt that if his part was big enough Evan Peters would steal the show.

  • randommale7

    The main question is what they’re going to do with the franchise because now they can have two series: Young Xavier starting the school a back up again and of course Apocalypse and what ever they decide to do with the ‘present’ cast

  • McA

    I’m just back from seeing it annnnnnd…I’m very disappointed. First to get my bias out of the way. I love First Class and have watched it many times and it never ceases to bore me. I loved X1 and X2 when they came out but both have diminished over time for me. More so X1 than X2. X2 still has some great moments – the opening scene, the assault on the school and Wolverine Vs Deathstrike.

    However, when you compare those to First Class, First Class truly embraced the comic book roots as much as any X Men film can. I know hardcore X-Men comic fans who regularly tell me, ‘yeah First Class is a good movie, just not a good X-Men movie.’ I get that as a comics fan myself but it’s a bit harsh. Adaptations are always going to make people unhappy to some degree. First Class mixed the brightness of the source material with it’s serious social themes perfectly – sure it wasn’t perfect but the action sequences were solid and Vaughn has a great feel for pacing.

    DOFP and the very basic conceit of these two franchises joining together are flawed. The fact is First Class was a reboot and it should of stayed that way. Sure, do an interpretation of the DOFP storyline but why go back to a franchise that had had it’s time. No offense to Stewart and McKellen but they can’t match McAvoy and Fassbender for dynamism and vitality. As a result the future sequences are awfully dull and they’re trying to pay lip service to the fans by including Bishop and Blink when they realistically have very little to do than show off their cool powers. That’s it. I was that impressed by them either. Blink has pretty cool powers but the videogame Portal makes better use of those kind of tricks.

    The problem, as Goldberg alluded to, is that when they get to the past (and the best stuff happens there) they don’t really know how to progress the characters, other than Charles, any further. Magneto – compared to the pained, vulnerable but ultimately badass character he was in FC – is one dimensional and a little silly. Fassbender yet again does his best but his motivations are basically evil supervillain. When he moved the satellite dish or the submarine in FC, there was an emotional core underlying those scenes. In DOFP, he basically moves a stadium…just cause it looks expensive. There’s no real reason for him doing that other than spectacle. It’s empty.

    First Class isn’t perfect but it felt like a breath of fresh air for a franchise that badly needed it. DOFP is nothing but Singer trying to regain control of a franchise he should really let go off. It was a mistake trying to tie these two together as the film merely picks and chooses what it likes about the previous trilogy and hopes you forget the rest. For me, quite simply, it doesn’t work. There are interesting moments in DOFP – the Quicksilver scene deserves the praise it gets. It’s much better than the Nightcrawler scene in X2 and it’s funnier too and it genuinely feels like Singer is breaking new ground there but the rest is just a retread. Magneto and Wolvie get some interesting scenes but it never really builds like it should.

    Overall I’m gutted as for me, the experiment failed. This should have been a straight sequel to FC. Instead we get a director desperately clinging to another franchise…just cause. His ego…Fox money folks liked the idea…I dunno A step back for X-Men in my book. Put it this way, the 90s animated show did a much better version of DOFP and the ending had more resonance too. Don’t get me started on the movie ending. Folks of the original trilogy will likely be annoyed.

    • MJ

      Usually, when a hardcore comic book fan is disappointed that a movie doesn’t follow the comics close enough, that is great news for the rest of us, as the movie is usually awesome.

      • McA

        It’s not really from a hardcore perspective – at least I don’t think it is. I really did enjoy X1-X2 at the time. Enjoyed First Class even though it took liberties with the source material just as much as Singer’s films. It’s just that First Class was a lot of fun too – I came out of the theater feeling pretty good. With DOFP, I’m scratching my head wondering why the hell they joined these two worlds. There’s too many inconsistencies and for me it doesn’t work. Aside from the fact that Fassbender and McAvoy look nothing like McKellen and Stewart.

        DOFP has good moments – one great moment – but so much of it undoes the good work of First Class – especially with regards to Magneto. He’s a one dimensional boring villain again. And the future scenes lack any real weight. Plus the guy that plays Iceman and the guy that plays Warpath are the most expressionless actors I’ve ever come across.

  • DEADP00L

    This is easily the weakest of the two. The first one had a refreshing tone to it but this one just became a bloated mess and the continuity was shot to hell. They didn’t need to make this about the old xmen they had a shot to restart the franchise and I just walked out of it feeling like they missed a huge opportunity.

    • brNdon

      But now the timeline is completely altered, so they can take the story wherever they want to with the younger cast.

    • McA

      Exactly, Instead of my bloated mini review, I should’ve just said ‘missed opportunity’. First Class is far from perfect but it was a solid foundation for something new and different for X-Men. DOFP basically ended that. DOFP isn’t terrible but it’s ruins the possibility of a fresh start for the franchise by tethering it too much to the previous movies.

    • Frank

      It was a mess. Great sense of humor, some gravitas, definitely well shot, but a total mess story-wise. The Trask plot line was all over the place. Too much to track. Too many made up rules. Too expository. Actors did a good job as always but no way they could salvage this. One thing I did love was the ending. And I will say, the people around me seemed to enjoy the film quite a bit for what it’s worth. But I think when people look back at this film in the years to come and the event aspect is over, they’ll begin to see the cracks. I always ask myself when watching a comic movie, would I recommend this to a person who is not familiar or not a fan of comics. Is it a great movie, that anyone can enjoy? Not this one.

      • McA

        Yup…would agree mostly…especially folks rewatching on DVD/Blu-Ray, the flaws will be more obvious. I forgot to say earlier but Dinklage was wasted in this. Love him as an actor but I never really got why he hated mutants so much.

        Not sure I loved the ending…though I did like Magneto’s last line to Wolverine. Also Charles and the call back scene to Wolverine in FC. That was funny.

    • Action Movie Fanatix

      Well, if you’ve seen any of the other X-Men movies then you should be used to missed opportunities.

      • DEADP00L

        Not this, the new versions predecessor had potential and delivered for the most part.

  • Mike

    Saw it. Liked it. Liked the visual aesthetic of First Class more though. Brighter colors. Better set decoration and shot placement. Singer likes his close ups.

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  • Soumya Dham

    Cyclops was never my favourite, but I was overjoyed to see James Marsden back :D

    • milo

      Nice spoiler, asshole.

      • Soumya Dham

        if u haven’t seen the movie yet, u shouldn’t b on this page, let alone read comments. completely ur fault!

  • ey baby

    this was the best movie ever.what can i say,they had me at the massive intro music.

  • ey baby

    this was the best movie ever.what can i say,they had me at the massive intro music.

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  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    “Quicksilver is an important reminder that we should never judge a character by his crappy costume.”

    I really want to believe you, but that costume is pretty bad.

    • Doug

      Watch the movie.

      • Action Movie Fanatix

        So the costume gets better in the movie?

      • Doug

        He’s not as crappy a character as he dresses.

  • Doug

    “Quicksilver is an important reminder that we should never judge a character by his crappy costume.”

    Amen! There was a lot of doom and gloom based solely on his costume, but he’s one of the best parts of the movie!

    • Andrew Sanders

      Totally agree.I was originally like”oh god,…what have they done to Quicksilver?”after seeing the original images.But he had the best scene in the whole movie which even beats Nightcrawler’s opening in X2.

  • Strifeshadow

    Agree with the below. Evan Peters is great in everything he is a part of. Sucks that he didn’t come back for Kick-Ass 2. I hope he does well out of this.

    The movie itself drags. Easily 25 minutes needs to be taken out of there. The climax is brilliant though, very unexpected.

    So what’s the deal with Bryan Singer? Innocent until proven guilty? Or the next Polanski?

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  • X2 Is Not Good

    Days of Future Past makes little to no sense. Why is Professor X still alive in the original future timeline? Why does Mystique’s DNA give the sentinels powers beyond shapeshifting? Why doesn’t Kitty with her convenient new power simply send Wolverine back to assassinate Trask before he was in the spotlight? Why can she only send the uber-cool Wolverine back that far, but not Prof X, only to have Charles do it anyway when he needs to talk to himself in the future? Why doesn’t Professor X use Magneto’s powers to recover Wolverine from the ocean? Etc. etc. Simply too much nonsensical circumstances bent to fit the script’s contrived purposes.

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    X-Men Days of Future Past: Logical Explanations for Various ‘Plot Holes’
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