X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Directed by Bryan Singer

Starring:
Hugh Jackman
James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Jennifer Lawrence
Halle Berry
Anna Paquin
Ellen Page
Peter Dinklage
Ian McKellen
Patrick Stewart

Running time: 131 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods and Wolverine being sent to 1973 to save the future of mutantkind.

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My Opinion:

Review number 3 from my 4-Movie-Marathon from last week! I still say Edge Of Tomorrow was by far the best, A Million Ways To Die In The West was last (but still fun). I really thought Days Of Future Past would be my favorite but, unfortunately, it was a not-very-close second…

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I’ll say it for the millionth time (hey – you never know when I might get a new reader here!), I enjoy comic book movies but have no knowledge of the comic books themselves (well, I read Watchmen but that’s it). When the X-Men movies came along, I LOVED them. I thought the characters were great & they just felt very different to a lot of other comic book movies that had come before them. Plus… Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen! Those two are fucking legends. Love them love them love them!!! They’re still my two favorite characters as well so, don’t get me wrong – it was wonderful seeing them together in this. And I think James McAvoy & especially Michael Fassbender are perfect as the younger versions of these two greats. So no complaints when it came to the scenes involving either generation of these two characters – those were my favorite bits. (And god Michael Fassbender is sexy).

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Wolverine was… Fine. Maybe I’m just a bit Wolverined-out (and I’ve not even seen The Wolverine yet – the only one I’ve missed out on). Hugh Jackman is still great but he just wasn’t my favorite character in this one. (And was he always so veiny?!). I liked Quicksilver and a couple scenes with him were probably the highlights of the movie. I don’t really have any complaints about Jennifer Lawrence in this and I liked Peter Dinklage (hey! I’ve finally made a start on Game Of Thrones, people! DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING! I’ve only seen 4 episodes!). So… All these things I’ve mentioned were good. Or at least okay. But………..

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I thought the story was a bit of a mess. Sorry! Sorry! I’m sorry! Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful! (Lol – you may all be too young to get that reference). Like I said in my Edge Of Tomorrow review, that film had the more complex plot yet it managed to pull it off nicely whereas Days Of Future Past just felt totally convoluted. I didn’t really think the future scenes worked at all & it kind of threw me out of the film whenever they’d go back to those scenes. But without them, there’d have been no Stewart & McKellen, so… that would have sucked, I guess. I just wish those scenes had worked better.

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Plus there were these new characters thrown in there that I didn’t know and they weren’t introduced at all so they meant nothing to me as I don’t read the comic books. We got zero character development on the new “future” characters yet we’re meant to care about their fate (well, Storm was there but who actually likes Storm??). Also, I often get a little annoyed at “time travel” in movies that aren’t actually ABOUT time travel. Or aren’t sci-fi. Well let’s just stick time travel in any ‘ol movie then! So, the overall plot here is what didn’t really work for me. I still love these characters. I still love the X-Men universe. This movie certainly isn’t the worst of the X-Men films (I’d personally place it as the fourth best) but it was a weaker entry than I was hoping it would be.

My Rating: 7/10

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42 thoughts on “X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

  1. Really love this review, it’s like you’re in my head!!! Quicksilver was great, I’m a little upset that they will be using a different actor in The Avengers because I thought Evan Peters was awesome!

    Keep the reviews coming they are great reads 🙂

    Jenna

    • Thank you! : ) Glad someone agrees with me. Everyone has been like “this movie was awesome!” but it just really didn’t quite work for me overall. Didn’t hate it – just wanted to like it more than I did. : )

  2. Awesome review. Sorry to hear it didn’t completely blow your mind. I loved this though, I thought it was excellent. Will check out this Edge of Tomorrow sometime.

    • I’m getting too superheroed-out as well. Except for Thor. I can take loads of Thor! Oh yes. And… Thanks! But I know you’re talking about “current LeBrock”. I’ll take it! ; )

      • I know you like the guy’s ass but Thor really doesn’t need another movie. The first movie was boring and the second had the same plot as The Avengers. They should just team him up with The Hulk from now on.

        No I meant Weird Science LeBrock!

    • True – they do love doing that sort of thing with these types of movies. But I still wish I’d known a bit more about them here… Oh well – we’ll see how the next movie goes! : )

  3. Everyone seems to think the Quicksilver scenes are the best of this movie. I don’t think they are wrong because felt the same way. Peter Evans played a great Quicksilver. I thought he would be a bigger part of the story than he was. At least we will see more of him in X-Men: Apocalypse. Great review!

  4. Good review. It’s a fun movie that reminded me why I loved this franchise so much to begin with. Hopefully they don’t screw it all up again.

  5. Solid review! You understand a lot of, what I feel to be, the undoing of “DOFP” sadly. As time passes, I find it less and less memorable. Don’t get me wrong, had a lot of fun with it, and it’s definitely entertaining. It seems to me though that “First Class” is immensely better and more memorable.

  6. Girrrrrl you cray! Lol. I see where you’re coming from though–particularly about the going back and forth in time. The future could’ve been a bit more developed, I suppose…but I freaking loved this movie. Sorry it let you down! Oh, and Miguel says to sleep with one eye open. I will do my very best to prevent him from leaving the country…

  7. I thought this was the best of all of them but I didn’t really like the first nine or ten. I mean, I liked them OK but never thought any of them were FANTASTIC!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYFUCK!!!!!! good. I was engaged enough to pay attention through this one 🙂

    #fantasticyayayayayayayayayayafuckgood

    • Well, I did still like it but it was probably only my 4th favorite of the X-Men films. Glad you enjoyed it, though! #yayfuckgooddidyoulikewolverinesnakedbutt ???

      FYI – Sorry I wasn’t able to reply to all your comments until now. They disappeared off my notifications too quickly (I think as I got sooo many replies to my 250 update post) so I wasn’t able to reply until I could get logged in properly on my blog. Excuses excuses…) ; )

  8. The prison break scene with Quicksilver was my favorite, and I loved all the scenes with Magneto and Professor X (both younger and older versions). And I could watch Michael Fassbender in any movie, at any time 😉

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