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Movie Breakdown: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

May 22, 2014

Film

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Bryan Singer jumps back into the world of mutants via X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which is technically the fifth entry (not counting Wolverine solos) in the franchise, but also part two of a prequel-lead reboot … and it also features the cast from the original trilogy.  And stuff.  What.

The Reality:

As convoluted as X-Men: Days Of Future Past appears to be, it’s actually the most focused, well crafted, and just all around best film that the mighty X-Men have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.  I loved it, and I think it’s the only entry in the series that legitimately looks and feels like an X-Men movie.  Now, First Class was a lot less like this, but I’ve always felt like X-Men 1-3 were action movies that featured X-Men characters and they weren’t necessarily the grandiose comic book adventures that I wanted them to be.  This is not the case with Days Of Future Past, it very much plays like the sort of thoroughly comic booky X-Men film that Bryan Singer probably wanted to originally make, and it’s fantastic.  See it immediately.

By the way, if you’re curious about the plot, it’s pretty simple.  Sentinels are gnarly and ruining things in the future, so Wolverine’s consciousness is sent back in time to try and alter the course of history so that mutant-hunting robots are never created.  And that’s just about all you need to know.  Have fun out there!

The Lesson:

Imagine the kind of movie Bryan Singer would make if it was called X-Boys.  Zing!  Too soon?  Anyways, that guy was made to work with mutants.

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