So I had some spare time yesterday, and managed to see X-Men Days of Future Past. Long story short: I loved it. The franchise feels fully back on track with a complex story that never gets too convoluted, as well as the spectacular action we've come to expect from Marvel adaptations.
I'm not going to do a full review, I just wanted to make it clear that I'm a big fan of this film. In fact, I can't wait to see it again. As long as fans of the original 2-issue story arc go in with an open mind, and an understanding that the plot had to be adapted to fit in with the existing movie franchise. There are many changes that had to be made, but I don't think the story is any less impressive as a result.
Now, I have some observations and questions about the film, so please note, from here on, SPOILERS APLENTY!!! You have been warned.
These thoughts are in no particular order...
I like how the changing-the-course-of-history plot has effectively rebooted the franchise, but I do wonder exactly how much has changed? Clearly the events of X-Men: The Last Stand have been undone (thank God), as Scott and Jean are back at the end of the film, but did the battle at the Statue of Liberty in X-Men happen? The mansion raid and Alkali Lake showdown with Stryker from X-Men 2? Should we just throw those DVDs out now, as they were "all a dream"? Professor X has some explaining to do! Speaking of which, at the end of the film when Logan and Xavier are about to discuss what's happened since 1973, do you think the first thing Wolverine will say is "we need to talk about Jean..."?
And how is Xavier still alive? He got vaporised in The Last Stand, and his reappearance still hasn't been explained. Is this just going to be like Doc Brown's flying, time travelling train at the end of Back To The Future 3? No explanation offered, let's just admit it's better this way and go with it...?
Why didn't Wolverine, Xavier and Beast keep Quicksilver with them throughout the whole movie?! He was clearly the most useful mutant when things get hairy, and could have achieved many of their objectives very easily. I know he was only a teenager, and should have gone back to his folks, but it's clear he's a kid with no desire to follow the rules - surely he would have wanted to get in on the action.
Wolverine doesn't have a great deal to do in the movie. Sure he's the guy who "time travels" and has to bring everyone together, but his mutant powers aren't needed that often. I noticed how little he did in the escape from the Pentagon, and during the assassination prevention attempt (other than suffer an intense, out of character panic attack).
How did our guys escape from the Pentagon? We only see them get as far as a kitchen - they still have to get out of the building and then out of the city. I guess this may have been cut out as it didn't advance the plot, but I did wonder.
Where did Quicksilver get a Walkman in 1973? I'm fairly sure they didn't come around until the 80's.
Before I saw the film, I'd heard that Colossus had a bigger role than he had in X2 - unfortunately it's not as big as I hoped; he only really features at the start, and even then he mostly gets pulverised by advanced Sentinels. Same goes for Bishop, who I don't think even has a line. And Kitty Pryde spends most of her time just crouched by Wolverine, explaining her particular brand of time travel to us.
The Sentinels are fearsome, especially the advanced future ones. I thought the part about them using Mystique's DNA to adapt their powers to whoever they were fighting didn't quite add up though. Mystique can perfectly imitate others, but she can't replicate their mutant powers. The Sentinels are seen absorbing various powers used against them, and then using them against mutants. Rogue can do this, but I'm pretty sure Mystique can't.
When will they get Storm's hair right? At least they abandoned the weird accent from X-Men though.
Toad's age now doesn't add up. He was a young man who served in Vietnam, yet in X-Men (27 years later), he looks about 30 years old. Not a big deal I guess, it just seemed like they were desperate to shoehorn Toad in somehow. Same goes for Alex Summers, who presumably got home from Vietnam (we see him leaving on a plane), and didn't bother going to the mansion or trying to get involved when he saw all the mutant-related incidents on the news.
I miss Nightcrawler. He was awesome in X2, and his subsequent absence was never explained. I know the make up is an ordeal, but Alan Cumming, you are sorely missed!
This franchise can go anywhere from here. At the end of the film, we're left with events about to happen in 1973 (Mystique, impersonating young Stryker, recovers an unconscious Logan from the lake Magneto sent him into), and a seemingly perfect existence in Xavier's mansion in the present day (at least I think it's the present - Wolverine's alarm clock and Cyclops' glasses look very futuristic). Heck, even Beast is teaching at the school now. Was it Kelsey Grammar underneath that make up? I kind of hope so.
Last but not least, I hear Channing Tatum is cast as Gambit in the next X film. Right now, I can't picture him in the role at all, but hopefully the people in charge know what they're doing!
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