X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Fan Bing Bing, Marvel Heroes and Thriller/Action movie fans
X-Men: Days of Future Past Synopsis
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two-time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” sending Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutant.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****
X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review:
I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this anywhere in my site, I was a later bloomer in the movie critic industry. It was only in the past 2 years or so when I started watching and reviewing movies actively, which was why I can’t blame my fellow movie critic friend, Bobby for commenting how I seem to have never watched the original version of movie remakes nor the prequels. Well, this goes the same for X-Men, since the last X-Men film was in 2011.
To me, X-Men has be loosely linked with Hugh Jackman for his role as Wolverine, and vague memories of watching the painful process of turning his claws into adamantium on TV. Besides him, the other characters such as Storm, Magneto and Kitty Pryde were strangely familiar, as they’ve appeared in the Marvel Alliance Facebook Game.
My 2 Favourite Scenes
I can’t help but link Jennifer Lawrence to Katniss and Nicholas Hoult to his “Warm Bodies” zombie character. The off-screen couple were the only two blue mutants, which made me wonder if that was purely coincidental. While Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy has plenty of screen time but nothing much to do, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique was able to make the character her own. Her fight with the guards and mutants (including the beautiful blue body-hugging outfit which brought out her great figure) was pretty impressive.
Like many, the most memorable and the funniest scene will be that of QuickSilver’s. He’s “speedy” appearance, taping the guards to the lift, and using his super-speed to perform some slow-motion bullet-cam slapstick moves had taken away all the attention from the other mutants.
Fan Bing Bing being casted as Blink is one of the most celebrated news as she is the first Asian face in the X-Men franchise. Although she had only one line, “Let’s Go.”, her unique appearance and powers to be able to teleport at will are enough to make the audience notice this character. Beside Mystique, she’s one character I will love to see in the next few series of X-Men.
Better Than The Avengers?
What made me take time out of my filming schedule to catch the movie was a particular Facebook status about how X-Men: Days of Future Past makes the Avengers look like a joke. Being a Marvel Super Hero Universe supporter, I want to watch it and judge it for myself if that’s true.
While there is a solo film for most of the Avengers superheroes, hence more familiarity with the characters, in the X-Men, non-comic fans might have difficulty following the numerous characters and numerous plot complications. However, the X-Men operates as a team of mutants, with no power or leadership struggle, the main problem with the Avengers characters were the fight for leadership. Each of them have their strengths and are used to working alone, and the conflict comes from within (that’s where all the fun came from!). What was amazing about the X-Men was their seamless teamwork without words. No orders need to be given to anyone, and everyone seem to know what to do.
Verdict: The Avengers and X-Men are unique in their own way, so audience with different preference will vote for their favourite film. For me, The Avengers still win. 😛
Do You Know?
The filmmakers selected the “Days of Future Past” storyline because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile any continuity dissonances within the “X-Men” film series. The time-travel element also allowed actors from the original film series and the intended reboot that was X-Men: First Class (2011) to appear in the same film together.
The four main female X-Men in the principal cast (Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin) are all Academy Award nominees. The six principal male cast members (Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Peter Dinklage) are all Golden Globe nominees (Jackman, Fassbender and McKellen are also Academy Award nominees).
For her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence wore a special bodysuit. She had previously worn full-body prosthetics in X-Men: First Class (2011) but found that too uncomfortable.
Trask is an anagram of Stark (aka Iron Man). Both make weapons in the Marvel universe. (Anagram: a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase)
According to Peter Dinklage, Bryan Singer picked him to play Boliver Trask because of his height: “With my dwarfism, I’m a bit of a mutant. I can’t move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask is quite sensitive about that aspect of himself.”
Bryan Singer is a big fan of Peter Dinklage and his show Game of Thrones (2011). Dinklage’s role of Tyrion Lannister inspired Singer to cast Dinklage as Trask.
Bryan Singer and Peter Dinklage describe Bolivar Trask as a peace-lover: “He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other, unless they can find a common element to unite against; he sees the advent of the mutants as a way to unite people. He sees what he’s doing as a good thing – his ambition is definitely blind. He’s strove all his life for a certain respect and attention.”
Bryan Singer based Boliver Trask on Adolf Hitler: “As Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he’s doing the same thing with mutants. But he wasn’t a six foot, perfect blond Aryan – he was a short, funny looking fellow!”
Simon Kinberg said that in the unwritten back story, Bolivar Trask was part of the group responsible for attempting to assassinate the mutant American President JFK. Kingberg also said that Trask had militarian supporters in the US Government and that during the Vietnam War, any soldier with a higher than anticipated kill record would be subjected to tests by Trask Industries to determine whether they were a mutant. Those found to be a mutant were put into quarantine.
Bryan Singer filmed Quicksilver’s scenes in a special format of 3600 frames per second. This means that Quicksilver will be moving 150 times faster than normal. The camera was used to record close-ups and movements of Evan Peters, as well as the guards he encountered.
Two of Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver)’s relations are implied but never outright stated in the film due to copyright issues. He first remarks to Magneto that his mom used to know someone who could manipulate metal – in the comics, Magneto is in fact Quicksilver’s father. This is further implied when Peter’s Mother sees Magneto on television and reacts with horror and recognition. A deleted line of dialogue also addressed that Peter has a twin sister–Wanda, also known as Scarlet Witch.
The addition of Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an Avengers sequel, though under certain parameters: no reference to Quicksilver’s membership in the Avengers can be made in an “X-Men” film, and no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character’s father) can be made in an “Avengers” film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a “mutant” in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after the announcement of Peters’s casting, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the “X-Men” franchise, possibly necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series. Ultimately, Fox and Marvel decided to cast different actors in the part for the “X-Men” and “Avengers” films, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson taking on the role in the latter sequel, thus preventing any connection between the two franchises and keeping the X-Men confined to a separate universe from those of the Marvel cinematic universe.
Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class (2011), this will be Hugh Jackman’s seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
Logan says he hopes he isn’t a parent. In the comics he has sired three children: X-23 (Laura Kinney), Daken (Akihiro) and Raze Darkholme.
During Magneto’s fight with the presidential guards, there is a painting behind him. This painting is “Liberty Leading the People”, a French painting made to commemorate the 1830 French Revolution, and a symbol of rebellion.
When a character asks Magneto if he knows karate, Michael Fassbender replies “I don’t know karate, but I know crazy”. This is a James Brown lyric in his early 70’s hit “The Payback”.
Shooting went on under the working title “Hello Kitty.” This refers to X-Men member Kitty Pryde.
Behind The Scenes and Interviews
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