X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: What Did You Think?

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The marketplace has become rather saturated with superhero movies, but it’s sometimes easy to forget that X-Men acted as one of the godfathers of the modern superhero genre with the release of Bryan Singer’s first film in 2000.  The franchise is now seven films deep, and while most film series would become fatigued at that point, the last few X-Men movies have been some of the strongest yet.  This weekend’s time-travel-infused X-Men: Days of Future Past continues that trend and brings Singer back to the franchise that he created over a decade ago, and the result is a thrilling, colorful adventure that bridges the gap between the original cast and their younger counterparts.  While the pic didn’t eclipse First Class as my favorite of the bunch, I found Days of Future Past to be a whole lot of fun.  The chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender continues to be fantastic (the casting in this franchise is top-notch), and Hugh Jackman once again proves that he is the heart and soul of the X-Men series.

Matt’s already offered his take on the film in his review, but now we want to hear from you.  What did you think of the latest installment in the X-Men franchise?  Sound off with your thoughts on the movie in the comments after the jump.

Before offering your thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past in the comments section, revisit the excitement we all had when the excellent debut trailer was released last year.  Did the finished product live up to your expectations?

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  • computerbenefit

    It’s certainly one of the best in the seiries, and it made me realize never to doubt the fact that Hugh Jackman will never get boring as Wolverine (even if they want him to be in as many x-men movies as possible). And Mcavoy and Fassbender are pretty damn perfect. Also: EN. SABAH. NUR! EN. SABAH. NUR.

  • Adam Collins

    Hands down. The best in the series. The Quicksilver scene is the funniest scene in the franchise. You know what I am talking about. Full review:http://www.insidestl.com/insideSTLcom/Community/STLMovies/tabid/258/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/13194/X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past.aspx

  • God’s Diamond

    Have to wait a few days to see this movie, but I am hesitant after reading that xavier takes medicine that takes his powers away yet grants him the ability to walk again. That sounds like the reasoning of x-men origins wolverine where an adamantium bullet will make wolverine get amnesia.

    • dude

      Watch the movie.

  • DEADP00L

    Not at all reaching my expectations. I wasn’t very happy when I left the movies. It was a mess plain and simple and so unnecessary. This was supposed to be a reboot and it just felt underwhelming and bloated in a lot of the scenes. Not to mention it completely shot any continuity there was you might as well NEVER watch any of the past x-men.

    • HeSaidSheSaidMv

      Supposed to be a reboot? No wonder you were disappointed. Don’t know where you got that idea.

      • DEADP00L

        From way back when the new trilogy began I was under the impression that it was ‘ a new take ‘ and everything in that movie contradicted a lot of what Professor X said in the first movie spoke about how he and Magneto met.Not to mention meeting Wolverine in the first one – he never knew Logan and visa versa. So I thought this was a reboot just because there was nothing that stated it wasn’t – and it felt like it. Which I didn’t mind until now. After the Last Stand I was only too happy for it to have happened – and now i know it never did. Which SUCKS.

      • HeSaidSheSaidMv

        Oh oh, I thought you meant this movie specifically. From my understand First Class was supposed to be a reboot. I think Singer was even quoted saying it was separate from his movies, but that all went out the window the second First Class was successful. Once they combined the casts, it’s clear they abandoned that notion.

      • DEADP00L

        So it was a reboot and they purposely decided to pull a half ass movie instead of actually working on a new sequel? Well $7it on them then, what a way to kill a franchise.

      • McA

        Yep, it sounds harsh but it totally killed the validity of the franchise for me. Was so fucking disappointed leaving the movie theater. First Class gave me too much hope that it was a springboard for something even greater. Bringing the two casts together was a bad idea, ditto bringing Singer back. Whatever his personal troubles, he’s no match for Vaughn in the X-Men universe.

        I reckon Vaughn would’ve stayed on had they let him do a straight sequel like he originally talked about.

      • HeSaidSheSaidMv

        No. They didn’t purposely “pull a half ass movie”. They connected two series that weren’t meant to be connected after the new one was so successful.

        Kill a franchise? This franchise is as strong as it’s ever been. Most likely stronger.

      • DEADP00L

        So it was a reboot and they purposely decided to pull a half ass movie instead of actually working on a new sequel? Well $7it on them then, what a way to kill a franchise.

      • dodge hickey

        This film rewrote the timeline, obviously the first 6 films are now completely rewritten (well aside from Origins..).

    • clarence boddicker

      The narrative is constantly being re-written in the source material itself.
      And where did you get the idea this was a “reboot”?
      If anything this was the best possible way to clean up continuity without starting over entirely.

      The future is in constant flux. The future we saw at the film’s end is one of infinite possible futures. The multiverse.

  • DEADP00L

    Not at all reaching my expectations. I wasn’t very happy when I left the movies. It was a mess plain and simple and so unnecessary. This was supposed to be a reboot and it just felt underwhelming and bloated in a lot of the scenes. Not to mention it completely shot any continuity there was you might as well NEVER watch any of the past x-men.

  • SomeGuy

    From a Wolverine standpoint, I love how the movie worked with ‘The Wolverine’. Such as Xavier looking into Wolverine’s mind and anytime Jean was mentioned.

    • bidi

      speaking of “The Wolverine,” there was literally no mention of how Wolverine gets his metal claws back for the future sequences. i was really hoping there would be some sort of off the cuff explanation

      • JohnnyLaw

        Sure there was. Well, it was hinted at, at least. He mentions Styker as someone who will cause him a lot of pain in the future.

      • SomeGuy

        Oh yeah! What’s the deal with that? Maybe ‘The Wolverine’ sequel will take place in prior to ‘Days of Future Past’. I’m really interested in when that standalone sequel will occur in the timeline since they could go almost anywhere with the character. If it takes place after ‘Days of Future Past’ in the 2023 timeline, he is back with the ol’ gang.

    • http://www.104bits.com Luis Humberto 104Bits.com

      Maybe its a cut scene, I read somewhere that was Magneto who bring back the adamantium on the Wolverine bone claws. In DOFP we saw Magneto can even control metal in a molecular level.

  • Doug_101

    The best since X-Men 2. I gave it an A-. Now in subsequent viewings, that may slip down to a B+, but that’s the best I could do since there is no grade between those two. The future stuff was great and super dark. Served as a nice coda to the original trilogy, while leaving it wide open to tell some great stories going forward.

  • Doug_101

    The best since X-Men 2. I gave it an A-. Now in subsequent viewings, that may slip down to a B+, but that’s the best I could do since there is no grade between those two. The future stuff was great and super dark. Served as a nice coda to the original trilogy, while leaving it wide open to tell some great stories going forward.

  • replying to idiots

    I found it to be disappointing. Around the time when Magneto tried to kill Mystique, it just went downhill for me. I didnt like his motivation to kill her, his motivation to take over the Sentinels, and Mystique’s motivation to kill Trask. It just seemed like lazy writing (or what you call typical Simon Kinberg writing).

    It was neat seeing the X-Men die and seeing the cameos, but the movie as a whole didnt really do anything for me. I really wish they could stop employing Simon Kinberg because he is a terrible writer who continues to add more and more plotholes into the series.

  • brNdon

    I wish that there was a little more in the future, instead of them just establishing how they will send Logan back. I was really hoping to see Master Mold.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Dude, they kept going back to the future throughout the film. The fighting is pointless, because the mutants can’t defeat the Sentinels. Hell, the Sentinels are so fucking powerful, I doubt the Jedi nor the Avengers could take them on!

  • brNdon

    I wish that there was a little more in the future, instead of them just establishing how they will send Logan back. I was really hoping to see Master Mold.

  • Angel of Death

    Ok, can I ask–The opening scene with the hooded kid with white and brown hair, uncovering the body and belt of a former X-Men…Was that Nate Grey???

    • replying to idiots

      I hope not. Kid looked like a monkey.

    • replying to idiots

      I hope not. Kid looked like a monkey.

  • Angel of Death

    Ok, can I ask–The opening scene with the hooded kid with white and brown hair, uncovering the body and belt of a former X-Men…Was that Nate Grey???

  • Nemo

    It’s interesting because early on rumors of the story said the Sentinels got their power to destroy the mutants from Rogue not Mystique. Remember Rogue was supposedly cut out of the movie (except it turns out that one tiny scene). Watching the Sentinels in the movie, they had the power of Rogue not Mystique. I can see why they decided on Mystique because that would’ve been more within the confines of the characters involved with the story in both timelines. Aside from some minor questions, I thought it was the best of the X-Men franchise.

  • the king of comedy

    I liked the movie a lot, the future sentiles were truly menacing and you could feel there was much at stake, Fassbender and Mcavoy were amazing as usual, and there were some trhilling action scenes and some amazing more intimate scenes beetwen the characters, the only thing that left me a bit confussed was the end. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS so when wolverine succeds in his mission suddendly the whole timeline that we`ve seen in the X-Men Trilogy and The Wolverine gets erassed and we see ourselves in an alternate universe in wich Jean, Cyclops and all of the other X-Men are still alive, I tought this was a littel confussing, I can understand the concept of two different realities but here I felt there was only one since when Professor X and Magneto are about to be killled everything gets erassed and we start in a different place, this bugs me a little because it means X-Men, X2, LAst Stand and The Wolverine never happened, anyone care to discuss?

    • replying to idiots

      To me, there are at least three universes. The 1st would be the X trilogy. The 2nd would be the future (where somehow Prof X is alive). The 3rd would be the past + reboot.

      I say there’s three universes because that would be the best way (IMO) to explain why Mystique and Prof X arent buddies in the trilogy, why Sabretooth is a mute beast (instead of saying Origins Victor and X1 Sabretooth are two different people), why there were never no Sentinels (minus the Danger Room scene), why mutants were a secret to the world (compared to the current universe where Magneto was broadcast on live television using his powers), and why other little plot points dont carry through the other movies.

    • replying to idiots

      To me, there are at least three universes. The 1st would be the X trilogy. The 2nd would be the future (where somehow Prof X is alive). The 3rd would be the past + reboot.

      I say there’s three universes because that would be the best way (IMO) to explain why Mystique and Prof X arent buddies in the trilogy, why Sabretooth is a mute beast (instead of saying Origins Victor and X1 Sabretooth are two different people), why there were never no Sentinels (minus the Danger Room scene), why mutants were a secret to the world (compared to the current universe where Magneto was broadcast on live television using his powers), and why other little plot points dont carry through the other movies.

    • Fester

      Not only that, but the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse, takes place in the 80′s, and we got to see everyone alive and well in the future at the end of X-Men: DOFP. So doesn’t that mean we pretty much know everything will work out fine everyone we saw in the school? And if the Sentinels started in the 60′s originally, that places them as a threat during the time the original X-Men movie took place.

      • Clarence Boddicker

        Not necessarily, the future is in constant flux. The future we saw at the film’s end is one of infinite possible futures. The multiverse.

      • McA

        Is that your opinion or do you have a source for that? DOFP made the continuity even more fucked up rather than cleaning it up. Plus even the producers admitted they picked and choose stuff they wanted and hoped you forgot the rest. Like Trask being a 6ft tall black man in The Last Stand.

        Even the stuff with Older Prof X talking about Raven was weird as he hardly gave her much thought in X1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it was a mistake bringing these two movie franchises together. Better to have stuck with the much better cast of First Class. Actor for Actor, First Class wins hands down.

      • Clarence Boddicker

        It’s basically the last line of the movie, paraphrased of course. Hope that helps.

      • McA

        Remind me again…I think it’s safe as the movie has been out for a while now.

      • dodge hickey

        Well if you’re gonna make that argument about Trask in X-Men:TLS you must have hated Don Cheadle being cast as War Machine, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and so on…

      • McA

        Nah, I can accept those oddly enough as they are playing the same characters basically. Trask in DOFP is a different beast, from a characterization point of view, to the character in The Last Stand.

    • Unicron

      aside from continuity issues….when Charles accepts that he should stop trying to control Raven, we can only now assume that he treats Jean the same way when he meets her!

  • the king of comedy

    I liked the movie a lot, the future sentiles were truly menacing and you could feel there was much at stake, Fassbender and Mcavoy were amazing as usual, and there were some trhilling action scenes and some amazing more intimate scenes beetwen the characters, the only thing that left me a bit confussed was the end. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS so when wolverine succeds in his mission suddendly the whole timeline that we`ve seen in the X-Men Trilogy and The Wolverine gets erassed and we see ourselves in an alternate universe in wich Jean, Cyclops and all of the other X-Men are still alive, I tought this was a littel confussing, I can understand the concept of two different realities but here I felt there was only one since when Professor X and Magneto are about to be killled everything gets erassed and we start in a different place, this bugs me a little because it means X-Men, X2, LAst Stand and The Wolverine never happened, anyone care to discuss?

  • The Fan

    I’m not that familiar with the source material but Quicksilver stole the show for me. Hands down one of my favorite scenes of any super hero movie and the casting was bang on.

  • The Fan

    I’m not that familiar with the source material but Quicksilver stole the show for me. Hands down one of my favorite scenes of any super hero movie and the casting was bang on.

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    What did we think?! I must be getting old because I haven’t see it yet. My Thursday midnight movie days are long gone.

  • JK1193

    The casting was great (Fassbender and Lawrence were brilliant, as usual, and Fan Bingbing was a wonderful new addition as Blink, such a cool character), the action and effects were phenomenal, top-notch filmmaking; definately on of, if not, the best film in the series.

  • rhizomeman

    Great X Men movie!!! Very exciting, emotionally engaging, and almost poignent at certain moments. The Quicksilver set piece was amazing:) They did a great job with him.

  • bidi

    i’ll agree with most people when i say really dug it. i’ll have to rewatch X2 to see where i would position my top three, but DOFP will be in there along with First Class and X2. i had some continuity issues as well, but obviously that comes with such a massive undertaking. the continuity stuff is mostly minor. my biggest problems were with characters actually. Xavier was kind of irritating at how big of a bitch he was. i know the movie is his arc, but come on. he ALLOWED Mystique to go with Magneto at the end of First Class. the whole thing about him trying to control her all the time went out the window already at the end of FC. Wolverine also didn’t have much to do, but i was actually ok with that. Magneto’s motives were also pretty murky. what exactly was he trying to accomplish at the end. it seemed to go against his earlier decision to try to kill Mystique because she would essentially kick start the war. was he just trying to scare all of humanity into hiding? it didn’t seem well thought out. however, that all pales in comparison to my biggest gripe, which is that of the characterization of Mystique. Lawrence is a wonderful actress who feels wholly underused here. it’s clear Singer only sees Mystique as an acrobatic bodyguard, because she was finally given a backstory and a personality in FC, but here she’s just relegated to punching and kicking guys. i mean, how many lines does she even have? yes she’s central to the plot, but i think more should’ve been done with her.

  • JJ

    Just saw the film, and while it was pretty fantastic, I really, really hope there’s an extended cut on the Blu-Ray/DVD including Rogue’s scenes and storyline.

    ***SPOILERS***
    Just thinking if this is in fact the final time we’re going to see our original X-Men on film, it’d be such good story-telling symmetry to have the last four X-Men standing against the Sentinels in the future be Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, and Rogue, since they were the “core four” of the original X-Men film.

    ***END SPOILERS***

    But other than that I was incredibly happy with the movie! All the future stuff was great (but Storm, true to Singer form, was incredibly under-served. Berry’s pregnancy?), the 70s stuff provided much McAvoy/Fassbender/Jackman awesomeness, Peters was great as Quicksilver, Hoult was great. Lawrence was good, but no Rebecca Romijn. Loved the ending–made me wish were getting more of our original cast, but still excited for APOCOLYPSE

  • Bob

    IMHO, arguably the best Marvel movie(including the actual MCU films) in general so far. Possibly better than Avengers. Repeat viewings will tell. But right now here is how Marvel’s movies stack up for me;

    1) X-Men: Days of Future Past
    2) Marvel’s The Avengers
    3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    4) Iron Man
    5) X-Men: First Class

    Runner up
    6) X2: X-Men United

    As I said though, repeat viewings will tell whether DoFP stays in front of Avengers; cause I love me the Avengers.

  • TurnerTC

    Really enjoyed the movie. Probably my favorite, with “First Class” coming in a very close second. I do have one question though. I only know the X-Men from the movies and maybe one or two cartoon episodes. What is Bishop’s power exactly? In the movie, it seemed that his mutant power was… he could shoot a really big gun. Oookay. Big whoop. Someone enlighten me please :)

    • Bob

      Im not a huge X-Men comic fan so I’m not sure, but it seems like he was able to absorb “power” throw at him and funnel this energy through his body. The gun was probably made for him so that when he absorbed the energy he could project it into the gun.

  • Strifeshadow

    Decent movie, but doesn’t hold a candle to the big daddy of universe-building, Marvel Studios.

    Best scene in the movie: Anything between Fassbender and Hugh Jackman. Seeing Wolverine and Magneto piss each other off is worth the ticket-price alone.

    ***WARNING: ****

    If you see this in IMAX, the Future scenes are very BLACK. It’s really hard to see what’s going on. Which sucks because I’ve been waiting to see Sentinels since I was 3 years old.

  • aFabricationUnlikeAnother

    This is the best X-men movie to date.

  • Lovecraftlives

    B+? This film gets an A+. Best film so far this year and the best X-men so far!

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