Movie Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Day of Futre past poster

The end has come. The end of all life- both natural and mutants, is at the brink of total extinction. Today, there is nothing any of the X-men can do to stop it. Sentenial, machines of biological warfare, have destroyed all but a few of the x-men and most of the world’s population as well. Everything centers around one history changing event, but that was 30 years in the past.

Thankfully (and conveniently) though, one such X-girl has the power to manipulate time and send people back. Unfortunately, it is so painful on the brain, no one can survive. No one, save for your friendly neighborhood wolverine. He is the only one who can go back and change what was done. The mind he has to change though, is none other than Charles Xavier- the world’s most powerful telepath.

Wolverine isn’t known for his well spoken or patient demeanor. Let’s hope his younger teacher can be taught by his older self in the days of future past. Because time travel always makes about as much sense as that previous sentence.

Things I Liked

I am a fan of hopeful movies. As hope is what drives us in our everyday lives as well. This movie is filled with it, and carries through to the end. There is hope that things can go differently and that choices can be changed. Hope motivates all in their actions to change the future for the better.

Logan volunteers himself to go through the excruciating pain of time travel. His brain has a chance of being ripped to nothingness, yet does so anyway. He has grown so much since we last found him as a rouge selfish guy. It was great to see him change, in part, for the better.

Perhaps the best thing I liked about the film, is how it portrays the worldview of survival of the fittest. That is, it shows the fruit of this philosophy resulting in complete and utter destruction. Millions of lives are lost in the world, and there are essentially no survivors. This is Darwinian theory at its best, by showing its worst. By trying to survive, they have destroyed themselves. Leaving nothing but ash, ruin, and death in their wake.

Things I Didn’t Like

Logan is back with his well toned muscular form, and unfortunately in this film, we see his the back of his body, au’ naturale, as he looks out a window. Adding nothing to the plot except a clip that sinfully displays his human figure more than ever. Mystique’s costume still sports the tight fitting blue latex suit she has become known for as well.

Cursing is Prevalent as Logan drops many profanities at least once, his favorite being the D- Word. The F- word is used once as well. God’s name is taken on vain once.

With all X-Men movies, fight scenes are to expected. The difference with many of these however, is we see they happened, but then, they really didn’t. Early on we watch the result of the sentinels. Massive mounds of dead bodies litter streets, in various forums of decay. The sentinels impale and kill mutants with their own powers, but then, in another time, we see these same mutants alive. Most we see die, we see later alive. So while the violence is there, the pain of death is gone.

Mystique and Logan have their own little blurb of violence because they account for the majority of it in the film. Mystique takes out dozens of people martial arts style. We see a flashback of a man being shot by her, and also some close ups of her killing some guards with hands. She shoots a man in the neck, and we get a close up of the trail of the bullet.

Perhaps the most squirm worthy scene though, or the one I most disliked, was when Magneto decided to wrap wolverine in iron bars. The bars not only wrap around Logan, but puncture into his legs, arms and torso. Rendering him in incredible pain, immobile, yet unable to die.

Closing Thoughts

“We can show them a better path…”

~Charles Xavier~

This is the… sixth(?) movie in the multi-million dollar X-men franchise. In some ways, it is like every other movie with the superhuman mutants. While in others, is completely set apart. On the one hand, we find common things that we’ve come to expect in these films. There is sinful glorification and screen time of wolverine’s rear nude and Mystique’s bodies, a dabbling in some foul language, and obligatory violence to show off the mutant powers. The violence of entertainment is lesser than that of past three X-men, but it is there nonetheless.

On the flip side, there are some bread ideas presented that make you think long and hard about the lasting impact our choices make. We see these flawed characters grow into people they should have been, or at hoped they would be. There are also some pretty hard hits on evolution, as it fleshes out that philosophy to the core, and we see the full grown fruit. Sacrifices and mercy is shown by one character that surprised even me.

I’d like to say this is the X-Men movie we all have wanted. This movie culminates all theories and philosophies that have been toyed with in the past five films. With messages presented that are pretty solid in terms of a biblical base, the question is does it counterbalance the negative themes?

Honestly, and disappointingly- No. In my humble opinion it does not. While this one may have mutated to lead to a better moral resolution, the method in getting there is still dark and without redemption. All struggles and success point to the glorification of the mutants, rather that the glorification of the actions (biblically praiseworthy) themselves. I’d be hesitant to say it is worth watching again, and while certainly a different path, I would not say much better. Maybe sometime in the future past, wherever that may be.

Have you seen this film? What did you think? Leave your thoughts below!

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