X-Men: Days of Future Past is like a one-night stand. It was a lot of fun a the time, but left me feeling empty and vaguely shameful the next day.
I’ve never read the X-Men comic books, so my only experience with mutants is the X-Men movies. The very first one, directed by Bryan Singer in 2000, blew me away. I enjoyed the second one, X-Men United, even more. I feel the same way most fans do about the third movie: It was a disaster. Then, I absolutely loved X-Men: First Class.
I’ve been excited to see X-Men: Days of Future Past for over a year. But I’m hardpressed to remember much about it, even just a few weeks out from seeing it. When a movie doesn’t leave an impression with me, I can’t help but think something was missing.
A large part of why I don’t think much about DoFP is that it wasn’t the movie I expected to see. One review I read said that the movie spent too much time on Wolverine. I agree. I love Wolverine, and Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of him, as most fans do, which is why I think he’s onscreen for most of the movie. But he has his own spin-off franchise of movies where we can watch him clawing folks and smoking cigars for hours. X-Men: Days of Future Past should have focused more on the characters we don’t know so well.
Another review I read said, ho hum, a love triangle between Eric, Charles and Raven. I agree with that also. Didn’t we already deal with that in X-Men: First Class? If you’re going to bring the triangle into it, then do something more with it. Show us Eric and Charles vying for her affections, rather than merely paying lip service to their relationships with her. Or, just move on and show us something new in the romance department, maybe involving the fascinating Kitty Pryde, played by Ellen Page.
So what was I expecting to see? More Peter Dinklage, for starters. What a waste of a fantastic actor! He played a key role, yes, but we could have seen more of his machinations and less of Hugh Jackman’s ass.
I was also expecting to see a LOT more action. Based on the clip that shows Kitty Pryde running through obstacles and portals like a specter, I assumed the movie would be full of fights, explosions, crashes and super powers. DoFP certainly had some of that, and when it did it was well done, but nothing felt as important or as big as that final standoff in First Class. Stadium shmadium. I didn’t care about the President’s fate at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past nearly as much as the fate of the friendship between Charles and Eric in X-Men: First Class, which is why that final action scene was so powerful.
Bottom line is that X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fun movie, even an emotional movie (there should be a drinking game for each time James McAvoy’s eyes get watery), but not an important movie.