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26 May 2014 @ 09:06 pm
Film Review: X-Men: Days of Futures Past  
Things get very timey-wimey in this latest installment.

Overall, I enjoyed this not exactly a follow up to First Class. Even though it had a lot of problems. On just a subjective level, I didn't find Bryan Singer's (return director from the previous X-Men films) directing to be as dynamic as Matthew Vaughn's. Sure, First Class had some issues but I thought Vaughn did a much better job keeping the action moving and telling a fairly logical story in terms of character development.

I feel like Days of Futures Past suffered heavily from the "It Could Have Been Over in 30 Minutes" problem. Firstly, bringing Erik along on the quest to find Raven not only slowed them down but it actually directly countered their efforts to stop her. The whole thing could have ended in Paris when they got to Raven and Charles began talking to her but thanks to Erik's more ruthless decision to kill her, it not only set her running again but it actually propelled forward the okay for Trask's Sentinel project. Secondly, why didn't anyone explain to Raven (I'm looking at you, Charles) what would happen should she kill Trask? Logan explained it rather well to Charles and Hank. The future is doomed if she pulls that trigger. We have confirmed proof. Why not share this with her or at least start the conversation there rather than appeal to her compassionate side first?

But those plot holes aside, I enjoyed the film mainly for the acting. In fact, the bare script is sort of bad but I thought all the actors did a nice job rising above it and selling somewhat unsellable material. Despite Charles spending 80% of this film in a depressed, drunken, unwashed state, I still felt for him when went head to head with his older self. And yeah, his last speech to Raven (however not efficient it was) did rather pull at my heartstrings. It was actually this relationship I ended up investing the most in with Charles finally acknowledging that he had been trying to control her since the day they met and trusting her to make the right choice by letting her go. I really hope in the next installment we get more of their sibling bond because this to me was the ultimate heart of the film.

I liked that the movie stuck to the inevitable future of Charles and Erik having to part as young men, hopefully to be closer to each other as older men. It was a nice full circle to see Charles and Erik still remaining firmly on opposite sides despite all that's happened while Erik and Charles of the future have made peace with each other with Erik regretting all the time they spent fighting one another. While the future of the world being doomed may not be set, I fear the friendship of Charles and Erik will always run the same course of discord before ease. While their relationship was not the heart of this particular installment, it remains one of my favorite friendships in Marvel history.

With that in mind, I was facepalming through most of Erik's scenes. Okay, I get that he's got a tragic past and he's a very angry person. And I'm sure being shut away for years for a crime he didn't commit didn't help his view of humans. But kidnapping a stadium, slamming it down on the White House green and announcing to the world that humans have every right to fear mutants "BECAUSE WE WILL INHERIT THE EARTH AND CONDEMN YOU ALL!!!!" is not helping anyone. Least of all your fellow mutants, Erik. All you've done is paint a bulls eye on their backs. Are you going to protect them all because you sure as hell threw them into the line of fire. I noticed that he didn't take his helmet when he flew off, though. I guess that's...maybe a good sign? I am a bit disappointed that we didn't get older!Erik being able to speak to younger!Erik. That was such a missed opportunity for older!Erik to be all, "Listen, you shit, do you have any idea how ridiculous we sounded back then?!"

Anyway, on a side note, I very much enjoyed the performance of Peter Dinklage as Boliver Trask. Trask is pretty two dimensional as a villain but I thought Dinklage did a great job being dislikable without being cartoony. His one speech about why he's so committed to wiping out mutants was about as nuanced as he got (which wasn't much) but Dinklage used what he had and really ran with it.

And put me in the group of people who loved Evan Peters' brief performance as Quicksilver. Yes, I'm aware he looks and acts nothing like the actual Quicksilver since his history has been completely altered for this movie. But he starred in the most fun scenes in this movie with the jail break ("Whiiiplaassshh..") and disarming the guards in the kitchen. I also laughed at the shoutout of him possibly being Erik's son with the comment of his mother once knowing someone who could move metal and Erik's subtle "Oh fuck..." expression at that.

And as a final aside comment, the wardrobe in this film was very unapologetically 70s (as it should be) and I loved it. Particularly Erik's outfits and all the men's shirts. The 70s look didn't work for everyone but everyone rocked it.

Overall, I will be tuning in to X-Men: Apocalypse.
tommycruisestommy50702 on June 6th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
I’m excited to see X-Men: Apocalypse too!