X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Following the events in the original trilogy, humanoid robots known as Sentinals are gradually exterminating the X-Men, who have only been able to survive due to the introduction of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). Kitty can project a person's consciousness back in time to pre-warn the group about an impending attack. Studio favourite Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to just after the events of First Class where he must put a stop to the fighting by preventing the original creation of the Sentinals by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).


Despite my protestations about being too tired after an hard day's work, I was forced out of the house kicking and screaming last Friday to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Despite everything that X-Men has done for the comic book sub-genre, I have never really been a huge fan. In some ways, the X-Men franchise is similar to Spider-Man in that it seems that no-one can agree exactly how the story should go.

The original trilogy provided a clear, linear storyline before someone at 20th Century Fox decided that Wolverine was the star of the show and forced us to consume two specific movies to the bladed wonder. Faith was eventually restored in his colleagues in 2011's prequel First Class.

Days of Future Past fits in by attempting to make out that all of the storylines are related by portraying itself as the glue that fits them all together.

Of course, being in two different timelines is always going to be difficult to explain, but fortunately Days of Future Past has more than a little comic book magic on its side.

I feel I ought to commend the writers for doing very good job of unifying the storylines, even though the plot now does tend to negate the events of the two Wolverine movies. The best way to look at Days of Future Past is as a film that enables the X-Men franchise to move on without the old guard of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, even though in the wacky world of Hollywood you can never rule out such a comeback.

What bothers me is that the studio appears to be absolutely petrified of moving on without Hugh Jackman. Sure, he's a great actor and Wolverine is a great kick-ass character, but the point to X-Men is that it should be able to survive without its main character. There are plenty of great characters, so it is a shame that the franchise is still relying on Wolverine to sell it.

... and that brings me nicely to the point of this. Other than the "old guard" (Magneto, Xavier, Storm etc), can you name any of the other X-Men characters? Sure, there's Kitty Pryde, but I mentioned her. Then there's the guy with foresight, the one that can turn into ice, the one that can turn into fire and the one that can turn into metal. Oh, and of course Beast (Nicholas Hoult).

Even Quicksilver's (Evan Peters) character development was hugely disappointing, especially as he looked like one who could actually put some life into the series. In fact, he was the only one to rival Hugh Jackman in turns of screen presence.

Maybe I'm just becoming a boring, nostalgic old fart.

Still, while Days of Future Past didn't raise my expectations for the future of the franchise, it still provided some decent entertainment.

Review by on . Film Rating: 3/5