Well, here we are again – another summer, another X-Men movie. At this point, we’re looking at five “proper” X-Men movies (not counting the Wolverine spin-offs), and while many people still consider X2 to be the best in the franchise, I tend to enjoy First Class far more than any of the others. Personally, I think the X-Men stories (and characters) are at their best when exploring their different philosophies when it comes to surviving in this world – do we sacrifice a few to save many, or do we look for a less violent alternative for peace? While Days of Future Past certainly touches on that argument in some scenes, I felt that this idea was mostly overlooked in favor of an overall fight for survival.
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a time travel story.
The beginning of the tale shows a war-torn world in which mutants, mutant sympathizers, and even humans with the capacity to bear mutant offspring are rounded up and executed. The Sentinels carrying out the dirty work are incredibly efficient, leaving no hope of winning this war. The only option is to send someone into the past to warn the others and change history for the better.
If you enjoyed the pacing of X2, you won’t have an issue with this movie. It’s not terribly paced, but honestly, I was hoping for a little more mutant action. There’s a fun scene toward the beginning, and Quicksilver’s scenes are consistently entertaining (sadly, he doesn’t have much screen-time), but most of the action scenes go to Mystique. She’s constantly shape-shifting her way to tracking down a certain somebody, and in a lot of ways, this movie is completely centered around her. It’s an interesting choice for sure, and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t exactly love it either.
The mutants that the story focuses on (Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine, Mystique, Beast) even find a way to be less interesting this time. Wolverine rarely does anything, same with Beast. Xavier does some of his psychic stuff, but it’s never very impressive. As far as seeing these guys actually use their powers, that focuses mostly on Magneto and Mystique. And don’t get me started with Quicksilver – he’s basically abandoned after he’s served his purpose.
That’s about all I have right now, but I’m feeling less enthralled the more I think about the movie.
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