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Just saw this tonight. Thought it was really well done. I'm not going to go over everything already mentioned, but I will add my two cents. Here are some observations/questions:
1. Although Quicksilver's sister is only seen as a little girl, you can still really tell a Wanda/Scarlet Witch resemblance in the mother.
2. The events of X-Men: First Class took place in 1962, and Magneto was taken into custody in 1963, where he was isolated for ten years. After he breaks out, he talks about the members of the Brotherhood being killed one by one while Charles did nothing. So did all that happen in one year? Seems rushed.
3. More timeline stuff--the movie takes place in 2023. At the very end of the movie, we see the point where Wolverine "catches up" with himself, so to speak, at the moment in the stream of time when he was sent back (also 2023). So does this mean the next film will take place after 2023?
4. Anyone else notice Len Wein in the credits? Apparently he played a Congressman. Also, Anna Paquin (Rogue) is noted very early on in the end credits, even though her screen time was very brief at the end. I've heard that she had a LOT of scenes cut from the movie, much to her displeasure.
5. Big question--since the events of the later X-films are basically eradicated, does this mean Wolverine no longer has his Adamantium? Presumably Mystique saves him at the end from being captured by the government. Also--ten bucks says the next Wolverine movie takes place after the events of 1973 in this movie.
6. Going into this, I heard that the movie "fixed" and "made sense of" the events from the Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine. I had assumed that meant it was going to help explain some of the shaky continuity between those films and First Class (ie, Professor X still being able to walk in the early 1980's as seen in Last Stand; Professor X saying Magneto helped him build Cerebro in the first X-Men film, etc). But Days of Future Past didn't really explain any of that--it just wiped the slate clean and said "eh, doesn't matter now." I found that a little disappointing.
7. Speaking of The Last Stand--I think Brett Ratner gets too much hate for that movie. Sure, you can tell his direction wasn't as strong as Bryan Singer, but he wasn't responsible for the story and content of the movie. He doesn't have a writing credit for The Last Stand, so all the deaths and the way it adapted The Dark Phoenix Saga had nothing to do with him. True, a movie director can add elements and improvise some story elements, but he really has nothing to do with the meat of the actual story as written in the screenplay. As a matter of fact, one of the main writers on The Last Stand (Simon Kinberg) is also one of the writers of Days of Futures Past (in fact, he wrote the screenplay). So drink that in.
8. Peter Dinklage. I don't want to sound too profound or dramatic here, but I have to say his role in this movie is a breakthrough for dwarves (can I say that?) everywhere. Generally, dwarves are cast in roles for either of two reasons. The first is in comedies. Because people think dwarves are funny. I'm thinking Elf and Happy Gilmore here. The second reason a dwarf is cast in a movie is if the role actually calls for it as a plot device (Wizard of Oz, Willow). Even in Game of Thrones, the fact that Dinklage is a dwarf is mentioned in the show (calling him "imp"), and is brought out by the characters in the show's narrative. With Days of Future Past, it's neither of these. The role is played totally straight. No one mentions he's a dwarf, and it's not played for laughs. It could just as easily have gone to a tall person. Dinklage was cast for his acting ability, and nothing else. I think this is really commendable.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5:55:53 PM
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Okay. Just got done seeing the movie today. I also thought it was very well done. Made up for a very bad Xmen Last Stand. A movie I walked out of the theater in the middle of it showing. What I like is that it corrected some wrongs that Last Stand had. One was having showed so many characters and never developing any of the characters in a cool way. Days Of Future Past did a way better job. For me Quicksilver and Bishop were highlights in the movie that I enjoyed. They also brought back characters that I missed seeing. Tying the past with the present and future was a twist that we have seen in other films. But overall flowed to a great ending. The preview to the next Xmen flick looks promising. Can't wait.
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