X-Men Days of Future Past
20th Century Fox
Reason for the Rating: Sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.
Plot Summary: Wolverine must mind-travel to the past to join Professor X and Magneto in an effort to avert a war on mutants in the future.
PopFam Recommends: Due to a mildly confusing storyline (and Wolverine's sexual exploits) this Blu-ray film is probably best left for parents and mature teenagers.
If you know the story of X-Men, you understand the dynamics between Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy/Patrick Stewart) and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender/Ian McKellen), friends, yet rivals. But what might have happened if they had rejoined forces ages ago? That’s the idea behind X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In movies past we’ve seen the mounting tension between humans and mutants, but this is the first film where we are shown the end result—an all out war on mutants in an effort to eradicate the world of them completely. In the early 1970’s, Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage), was an anthropologist who saw the mutants as a threat to humanity. He created Sentinels, robots who would protect humans from mutants. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), in an effort to stop his endeavors, killed Trask but was captured, resulting in Sentinels that use her DNA to transform and overpower any mutant.
Fast-forward to present day, when the last of the mutants are in their final hideout. In a last-ditch attempt to survive, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) uses her abilities to send the mind of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to the 1970’s to unite Charles and Erik, to find Mystique, and to stop her from killing Trask. If she isn’t captured, then the Sentinels will never obtain her abilities, ultimately stopping the war on mutants before it begins. Change the past, fix the future.
X-Men always has a different feel from other Marvel movies. The characters are unique with crazy, inventive abilities, and personalities that are defined and distinctive. Likewise, the story isn’t like other superhero plotlines. Often the villain is the human race. Yes, they fight amongst themselves, but they are always united in fighting for the survival of all mutants, which isn’t something you often see in these kinds of movies. Days of Future Past is no different, unifying two rivals for one cause. Wouldn’t that be interesting to see in the real world?
Marvel has long been known for making exceptional comic books and heroes with which everyone is at least somewhat familiar (Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk), and now they’ve made a name for making excellent movies. When seeing a Marvel movie, you can be assured that every aspect will be excellent, from acting, to plot, to graphics, to cinematography. Days of Future Past is another example of this.
Everything about this film is thought-out and entertaining. Like when Wolverine wakes up in the ‘70’s, in a sloshy waterbed, and ends up bursting it with his claws. Funny and perfect.
Unlike other superhero films, this isn’t really a movie for younger kids. It’s not just the naked backside of Hugh Jackman that makes me say this, but the mildly confusing storyline. As an adult, I could follow it without a problem, but my 12 year old needed some clarification, as did my friend’s 13 year old son. The plot is somewhat fast-moving and detailed, and with the addition of mind time travel, it just seems to be hard for younger ones to fully understand.
I’m not sure where the X-Men franchise goes from here, as this film changes that universe significantly. But if there are other stories and mutants to explore, you can bet my family and I will be in line for the next movie.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• If you could change something from your past, what would it be?
• While the idea of humans with supernatural abilities is fun to imagine, it's also understandable how humans could react in fear. How do you think humans might respond if mutation was reality? Differently from the movie or not? Explain.
• One of Professor X's favorite sayings is, " Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they can't be saved." This sounds a bit like Jesus. How have you seen this is your life?
Tags: Wolverine,Professor X,Rogue,Kitty Pryde,Shadowcat,Bishop,Magneto,Mystique,Hugh Jackman,James McAvoy,Patrick Stewart,Jennifer Lawrence
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