Movie #104 2021: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Time to continue my first ever watch of all of the X-Men franchise now, and I am super pleased to report that this was the best one so far! Big budget, high octane blockbuster goodness at its finest… Okay, maybe not its finest, but by all accounts, this is definitely X-Men’s Infinity War.

Days of Future Past sees Hugh Jackman’s fan favourite Wolverine travel back in time to – you guessed it – save the world. This is the first X-Men film that has starred many of the characters in their younger and older forms, including British Hollywood heavyweights James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. To summarise things simply and as briefly as possible, the X-Men basically have to join forces with their former selves in order to adapt history and save the planet as we know it. As a result, this is by far the most interesting and exciting premise for one of these movies I’ve seen thus far.

If someone told me sooner that this was partially set in the seventies I’d have watched it a long time ago. That alone is enough to win me over, as you’ll know if you read my review of The Parallax View recently.

I’ve already mentioned several times already that it’s glaringly obvious that this is the best movie in the X-Men franchise. But why is that? 1970s? Check. Near flawless CGI? Check. Timey wimey stuff? Check. Mystique kicking the shit out of countless men? Check. JFK confirmed as a mutant? Check. All of these elements (plus many others) combine to formulate the exciting and most entertaining film in this series by far. 

To top everything off, Days of Future Past overall has a far superior screenplay to anything that came before it. Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn bring campy humour and pure sci-fi/superhero goodness to a series of films that were simply missing something for me before this one. In all honesty, I’ve not had this much fun with this particular franchise since X2, and it’s about damn time.

However, I won’t pretend that it’s perfect. There are just a couple of things that let the movie down a little in my opinion.

First, they really did Halle Berry dirty. Once again, she was barely in the movie and certainly had very little to do. Thinking back on it, I can only recall one scene in which she had a substantial plot point, and it’s an extremely upsetting one at that. Second, some of the “men talking in rooms” scenes went on a little too long here and there. The one that jumps to mind is of Logan and Xavier talking on the plane. So. Long. Cutting sequences like these down could have put this up into MCU greatness territory, but let’s face it, nothing will ever top Infinity War, so why even try?

Overall though, I really enjoyed this one! Can you tell?! What a turn up for the books. This is the sort of movie that I wish I’d seen in the cinema with a giant screen and a booming sound system. I can imagine it would have been even better in a theatre full of excited fans.

Cant wait to be let down by X-Men: Apocalypse!!!! 🙂🙂🙂

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