It has been a very long time since I wrote down my thoughts on any film, long or short, here on my blog. Something I feel like I need to get into the habit of again. Admittedly, I’m no film critic – so far from it. But … I think I miss regurgitating my thoughts on films I’ve seen.
So here I am, starting it up again with the latest X-Men film – X-Men: Day of Future Past.
I think there’s been something that I have enjoyed in all the X-Men films that have been made. Yes, even in The Last Stand. Which, overall, wasn’t a good film. But I don’t believe it’s nearly as terrible as people make it out to be.
X-Men: First Class got me excited about the film franchise for X-Men again. It was fresh, new and had something different in it, compared to the previous three.
So I was a little bit disappointed when they brought Bryan Singer onboard and the original cast from the first three X-Men films for Days of Future Past.
Hear me out.
First Class worked for me because it was a concerted step away from the previous three films. It was setting up a new universe in the already establish X-Men universe and while still being faithful and kind to it. I wanted Day of Future Past to continue down this route. Acknowledging that there have been past films, but carving out its own path.
Watching Days of Future Past, I was conflicted. While the opening action scene was epic, and seeing all of our ‘old’ characters again was great, the combination of the music and this felt like we had slipped into the ‘old’ X-Men film universe again. And it made me pine for what First Class had given us.
After being transported back in time to the 70s, back to the world that First Class created for us, I felt happier. Much happier. Don’t get me wrong, seeing Patrick Stewart as Professor X. and Ian McKellen back in their roles did send a shiver down my spine, I just really liked what First Class did. (If you hadn’t got that vibe already.)
Days of Future Past is a strong X-Men film. The cast members look like they have really settled into their characters with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender owning their scenes. James McAvoy’s totally torn up Prof. X was pretty heartbreaking to watch. Not a side of Xavier anyone’s used to seeing.
Though, one new mutant did steal the show. Yes, like everyone else I am praising Evan Peters’ Quicksilver scene in The Pentagon. Now THAT is an action scene. Perfectly done. Despite the fact that whoever chose Quicksilver’s look for the film did a terrible job, I am sad that Evan Peters wont be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Jennifer Lawrence was a huge weak point for me. I wasn’t sold on her Mystique/Raven in First Class, and Future Past did nothing more than to tell me she’s not right for the role. Dinklage disappointed as well. Sacrilege? Don’t know. But I’m used to Game of Thrones’ Tyrion-level Dinklage. As Trask, it felt like he wasn’t all there.
Back to the film. In short, I really, really enjoyed it. Probably my favourite of the year’s comic book films. So far. Still got Guardians of the Galaxy coming up. But, yes. Future Past rocked it. The Sentinels were fantastic – really liked how they moved them along. Sure, it’s not what I was expecting, but that’s what I liked. The continually evolving relationship between Xavier and Magneto, which remains one of the most important parts of the X-Men film franchise. Which in turn, makes me very happy.
I’m just a little confused as to how all of what has now happened affects the timeline of X-Men films that we know. I tried to talk it over with the OH but wound up confusing myself and, maybe worst of all, proving him right.