This movie reminded me of why I love the X-Men series so much. It doesn’t even really matter what the movie is about, as long as my favourite mutants in the universe appear, I am happy.
But let’s get a little more serious than my non-sensical rambling. X-Men: Days of Future Past starts out in the future, where Sentinels, extremely lethal robots, have killed almost all mutants and many humans. To prevent the creation of the Sentinels in the first place, Wolverine has to go back in time to prevent (with help from Professor X/Charles Xavier and Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr) that Raven/Mystique kills the obsessed scientist Trask portrayed by Peter Dinklage.
Despite my intentionally vague synopsis, the story was quite clear while watching the movie. The time travelling wasn’t at all confusing and in the particular setting, everything made sense. It might not have been the best storyline of all times, but as a true fan of the X-Men series I couldn’t help but love it. I mean come on, just think about all the actors and actresses that made an appearance! Peter Dinklage is always awesome! We got to see both, the young and the aged version of Magneto and the Professor. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender already did an amazing job in X-Men: First Class and didn’t look any less great next to the amazing Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. I also enjoyed the short but fun appearance of Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver – especially the kitchen scene! But I intend to say more about the Quicksilver stuff later on.
In general you got to see almost everyone from the previous movies again and that was amazing! I’m just going to drop a few names now: Jean Grey, Cyclops, Hank McCoy/Beast, Havok, Storm and so on. The only thing I wondered about was, what happened to Rogue and Bobby after X-Men 3. Originally, Anna Paquin filmed a lot more scenes for the movie, but they all got cut in post-production. Now, I am left wondering, since I only saw Bobby (Shawn Ashmore) with Kitty (Ellen Page) and they clearly had something going on. I don’t know why that tiny little detail bothers me, but I guess I just always want full disclosure concerning the various relationship statuses.
So, I hope you could gather from the previous paragraphs that I enjoyed the movie very much, mostly because of all the great actors and actresses! Yet, there was one thing I didn’t understand. How come, people still don’t know that they have to stay until after the credits of a Marvel movie? I was the only person who stayed and therefore the only one who saw the little clip at the end (that I couldn’t put into context or understand in any way, but I am excited to find out in the next movies). So, hereby I have warned you and hope that you take the time and sit through the seemingly endless list of names!
Now, I mentioned before, that I had something else to say about Quicksilver. It is not so much about the character, but about Hollywood’s decision to cast every character we already know with somebody else. Look, I know that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is all popular right now (and I really like the guy!), but why did they have to cast him as Quicksilver for the new Avengers movie? And was it just coincidence that his current co-star from the Godzilla movie, Elizabeth Olsen, will be playing his sister. Also, I really liked Taylor Kitsch as Gambit and I know that Channing Tatum is also hyped right now, but seriously? I cannot imagine him as Gambit! What do you think about the recent casting choices? Do you think that was a good idea?
And what did you think about the movie? Was I not objective enough, because I could totally see that I wasn’t.