INTRODUCTION: I can’t really talk about any X-Men movie without giving some of my backstory – and thus reference point. In the last ’80s my best buddy Alicia said I would really love comics as they had cool women in them. Really I asked. She proved she was right by giving me 10 years of the Uncanny X-Men to read in one summer. Her younger brother collected them. So I read the birth and development of the X-Men from the pen of the mighty Chris Claremont. The X-Men under Claremont became my homebase for comics and the Marvel universe. To this day I have undying loyalty the X-Men, Claremont, and Alicia and her baby bro.
During that summer reading fest I did indeed read the original Days of Future Past story so I was excited to see it on the big screen. If I have any complaints it is that some of the particulars were changed. See the video below X-Men: Days of Future Past Explained – Comics History 101.
I still liked it a lot. And of course I want more. 🙂
ALSO. I am not a huge Bryan Singer fan as he seems to have problems with women: Bryan Singer Still Thinks Superman Returns Failed Because He Tried to Make it for Women; and may be a sexual predator: Lawsuit Accuses X-Men Director Bryan Singer of Sexual Misconduct With Underage Boy. Crap. Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap. This disappoints me and I am taking a step back from being a fan. Even if the lawsuit is not true, the first nonsense just shows he really doesn’t know what is what here. No wonder he had a hard time with Kitty Pryde being the lead in the story. *sigh* Hey Bryan, you can do better.
OVERALL: It’s the X-Men! Revisiting a famous X-Men plot line in the movie universe was enjoyable and well execute.
POINTS: I loved watching the different time and landscapes in this movie. I loved how they worked together. The opening was a real thrill with a plot twist as well. So were the Sentinels.
PITFALLS: There were times I felt the beats in the scenes were just a tad too slow. I also got the feeling that the director loved working with his main male leads and didn’t apply the same love to the other characters.
FEMALE CHARACTER(S): There are a lot of female characters in the X-Men. They seemed to take a big back seat in this movie but at least they were there. Of note with the most screen time is Mystique played the awesome Jennifer Lawrence. I enjoyed her character arc and of course Lawrence’s performance.
CULTURAL PITFALL(S): Hmmm… This is going to be a bit tricky. See what I LOVE about the X-Men is that “mutant” is a term that can be replaced with race, gender, or sexual preference. The X-Men are about studying our own societal bigotry. Therefore it was a bit disappointing that we saw so many white men. Then again, it did take place in the ’60s so it is also not surprising. I guess my internal jury is still out on this one.
1.) James McAvoy. He took names and stole several scenes with his portrayal of the younger Charles Xavier. There were times I thought “Oh just give that man the Oscar now.” Fantastic acting Mr. MacAvoy! Go you!
2.) Peter Dinklage. I think he makes everything a bit better. He was a believable and sympathetic villain. I enjoyed watching him.
3.) Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde! Squee! She was perfect! Now to see her play that role again and with a bigger part.
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4.) Wolverine In the New Future. Hugh Jackman played this perfectly. His shock, joy, confusion, his brief conversation with Scott Summers, all perfectly delivered. Well done!!! I smiled the whole time.
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RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3. Yes we had more than one PoC but they never conversed and weren’t in the bulk of the movie.
OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE: X-Men: Days of Future Past
DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: Yes.
LION PAW PRINTS: 3 of 5.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Explained – Comics History 101