Corrie and Nate review the latest movie in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Hopes were high after the critical success of X-Men: First Class, but unfortunately this doesn't match up.
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Bryan Singer returns at the helm of X-Men: Days Of Future Past and it is not for the better. I think that Matthew Vaughn did a spectacular job with X-Men: First Class, and he is sadly missed here.
The thing that really bothers me is that they have made what is essentially another Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) focused story – Wolverine’s mind is transferred into his 1970s body and he must prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating Trask (Peter Dinklage), creator of the Sentinels.
In the original comic, an adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde, who, with the X-Men, prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria – I’m glad this didn't happen because Ellen Page sucks; all she does is play Juno in every film!
Further, in the animated version, it is Bishop (who is in this film and receives two lines of dialogue) who travels back in time to stop the assassination of Senator Kelly and prevent the ‘Days Of Future Past’ timeline from occurring. Bishop believes Gambit to be the assassin, but it is later revealed that Mystique attempts the assassination in the guise of the Gambit. Upon returning to his own time after saving Kelly, he finds the world infected with a deadly plague – sounds like a much more interesting story, doesn't it?
Look, if you like the other X-men movies, and the same old shit with Wolverine (you know, what he does in every one of these fucking movies), then you won’t be disappointed. For me, though, this shtick is wearing thin.
I went into this movie expecting an at least adequate sequel to X-Men: First Class, which I personally loved.
This film is sold as a funky time travel movie but the plot is far too safe and simplistic: Wolverine goes back and they fix everything. The end. Um. How about a little more conflict? I don't believe that I am being unfairly cynical when I say that it honestly felt like the time travel element was nothing more than a cheap excuse to wedge in the original actors, build hype and sell tickets.
Don't get me wrong, Patrick Stewart is truly excellent in reprising his role as 'Prof. X: Classic' but the fact that Ian McKellen is given (at most) ten minutes of screen-time is nothing short of a kick in the teeth. I seem to recall posters that featured Fassbender, McAvoy, Stewart and McKellen's faces which kind of (mis?)led my expectations in a very specific direction. Hey, I might be wrong here, but didn't the promotional material for this flick make it look like both the original and new actors would star in the movie? Can you imagine how fucking incredible it would be to see McKellen and Fassbender out-Magnetoing each other for a scene or two and acting the SHIT outta that role together?
If this is what you're expecting; if this is what you are looking forward to; if this is what you want; you will be sorely disappointed.
What we have been provided with here is ANOTHER movie that gives far too much screen time to Wolverine. Recast or kill that fucking character off: This shit needs to end. The Avengers, this franchise is not.
While I'm here, stepping further into the geek grave which I have so thoroughly dug for myself (because it seems that Corrie and I are the only two people on this planet who don't currently think that the sun shines out of this movie's ass), let me ask a few questions:
- Did anyone notice an explanation for how Professor X came back to life?
- Did anyone catch an explanation for how Magneto regained his powers?
Actually, while I'm on that:
- Did anyone notice any attempts whatsoever to resolve any of the lose ends left flapping free-and-clear by X-Men: The Last Stand?
- Did anyone else find themselves deeply offended by the shameless fan service that was the act of including the character Bishop in the film but then only providing him with about two lines of dialogue?
- Where the fuck was Cable while all this was going down?
Personally, I think a 4/10 is generous for this one.
P.S. The Quicksilver sequence was pretty cool.
P.P.S. Yes, I realise that Professor X's survival is explained in the X3 commentary track during the post-credit scene. Sorry, but if you have to resort to actually explaining it to your audience via a commentary rather than effectively revealing it as part of the story, you are failing at your job as a filmmaker. This isn't David Lynch, it's fucking X-Men. Geez.