One of the most awaited summer blockbuster movies has already hit the cinemas this weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film did not disappoint and surely has satisfied a lot of fans and comic book geeks. The happenings / timeline in this movie are taken straight from the comics: Days of Future Past Saga. Though there are some differences from the film to the comic books: for obvious reasons.
What I liked about the movie:
1. Fast paced. The Movie is 2 hours long but the film is fast paced that you wouldn’t notice it was.
2. Thank the gods for bringing back Brian Singer. This awesome dude directed the first two Xmen movies. The third one X3: The Last Stand. That horrible, ridiculous, Frankenstein piece of shit movie was not his.
3. Peter Dinklage. He plays Tyrion Lannister, wait I mean Bollivar Trask. Though in the comics Trask was not really dwarf-ish, Dinklage still managed to get the role. Though his character’s screen time was minimal, I still loved seeing that little big guy in the big screen. I also loved on how he tries to mock the congress with, if this weapons are not built then the Vietnam War will not be the only war you will lose.
4. Quicksilver! Yeah, that fast mutant who moves at supersonic speed is awesome. Their prison break scene has got to be one of the best scenes in the film. And Evan Peters seems to be the perfect actor to play him. Let’s give chance to Aaron Taylor Johnson though for his chance to portray Quicksilver in Avengers 2.
5. Quasi “Dual” Climaxes. They did a good job of having both timelines reach the climax. It was made in a way that is not confusing and the drama it created and suspense was just effective.
6. Seeing “old” mutants (Magneto, Professor X, Shadow Cat, Iceman, Colossus) from the previous X-Men films prior to X-Men First Class. It was fun seeing these mutants again. Especially Charles and Erik, this time they fight against a common foe as brothers who are helping each other for the survival of their own kind.
7. New Mutants. It was cool to see new the new mutants from the future timeline. I would love to see more of Blink though. She has such a cool power and indeed a very pretty actress. I just learned that this film is one of the 5 X-Men movie contracts she signed to with Fox. Guess we would be seeing her again in the upcoming films.
8. Fixing the Timeline from X3. This actually made me so happy. So what specific fixes are we talking about? Jean Grey and Cyclops, need I say more. Yes they are both alive thanks to Wolverine! It was actually good for the franchise as this allow them to use these characters again in future sequels.
9. Magneto. Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Magneto is just astounding. Not to take anything away from Ian McKellen, but his portrayal of Magneto is just as good. In the previous films, he was able to portray Magneto as being the Ultimate Villain who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Ian McKellen’s version of Magneto has perished all the compassionate and “good” part about him. As for Fassbender, they added the dimension of him which still has that “good” part still left in him. Or pretty much that’s how they would want the viewers to think. In the end, Fassbender’s Magneto made the full transition to Ian McKellen’s Magneto. Thanks to Mystique or rather Raven and Charles for saving the day.
10. Linking real life history to X-Men timeline: They did this since X-Men First Class with the US and Soviet Cold War. And they did it again with this film, end of Vietnam War timeline from 70s, JFK Assasination and Ancient Egypt (post credit scene). Linking these things which happened in the past which the X-Men timeline is really cool, they are making the X-Men timeline look as if it happened in the real life.
What I disliked about the movie:
1. Sentinels. Not that I hate these guys, these guys are badass but aesthetically they don’t look like the sentinels from the comics. Though I understand that in this film, they are more powerful and Mystique-like I still would love to see them pattern off their appearance to the comic book / TV animated series Sentinels.
Look at how bad-ass these Sentinels looked compared to the movie version.
2. Emma Frost is dead! I repeat Emma Frost is dead. I understand that they have to kill of some of the mutants from First Class film but why include Emma? She has a very interesting timeline. She and Cyclops would have their moments in the comics. But since they killed her off, we won’t be seeing her again in the big screen. At least for now, but who knows they might resurrect her character again in the movies in the future.
3. Screen time for new mutants (future timeline): Blink, Warpath, Bishop, Sunspot. It was cool to see these mutants show off their powers and deal with the Sentinels. Unfortunately, they can only do so well on standing toe to toe with these giant robots as the future sentinels are almost invulnerable. I would have loved to see more of them fighting and displaying their powers.
4. Rogue (Anna Paquin’s character): During the earlier parts of filming, they confirmed that Paquin will reprise her role and will be in the film. However, for some reason those parts which they filmed with her did not appear on screen. And we just settled on seeing cameo of her. How did that come to pass? She was even part of the promotional posters! I learned though that her deleted scenes would be part of the Bonus DVD feature instead, what a rip-off.
Easter Eggs (the ones which I found)
1. The Maximoff Family aka Magento’s family. Quicksilver, the fast mutant in the film, is actually Magneto’s son. You may recall him dropping the “my mother knows someone who has that kind of power” to Magneto. Yup that’s correct. Quicksilver and her twin Scarlett Witch is both Magneto’s own kin. Too bad, we did not see Scarlet Witch in this film. And no that young lady in the picture below is not Scarlet Witch as they confirmed but just Peter’s lil sister.
2. X-Men First Class Props: When Magneto stole his headdress back, we saw the old uniform of Havok, the coin which Erik used to kill Shaw and a severed Wing from Angel. Sweet, except for Angel’s wing.
3. En Sabah Nur a.k.a. Apoclaypse. In case you are wondering who is that powerful mutant building the Pyramids in the end credit scene using his powers, then let me tell you this. It is Apocalypse, notice how he looks so pale and has blue lips, if that was not enough clue, notice the silhouette of four horsemen. Yup that’s War, Famine, Pestilence and Death. In case, you didn’t know he is the first mutant and one of the most powerful foes of the X-Men. Singer has confirmed that X-Men: Rise of Apocalypse will be released in 2016. And I have a good feeling this ain’t the last of the X-Men movies, which we will see.
If you want to see the other Easter eggs, you may click the link below. I just included the ones which I catch.
Enjoy! Peace and I’m out. Next stop “Guardians of The Galaxy”