I finally got around to watching “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (DOFP) (or I like to call it “Wolverine Meets the Butterfly Effect”) this past week. It was a decent enough flick that was entertaining, as long as you didn’t ask questions.
The basic plot is a not-too-distant future where mutants have been all but wiped out by robots called Sentinels. These Sentinels, which have the sole task of detecting and killing mutants, are able to change and adapt to whatever mutation is being used to oppose them. The last handful of mutants, which include Magneto and Professor X, somehow send Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 to prevent an event from happening that starts the Sentinel programs.
Yes, I said Professor X and that brings up the biggest of many plot holes in this movie. In “X-Men: The Last Stand” (TLS), Professor Charles Xavier was vaporized by an out of control Phoenix/Jean Grey. But when Xavier showed up at the end of The Wolverine last year, we were apparently being signaled that “The Last Stand” should be ignored. Some have theorized that had transferred his consciousness to the body of a coma patient (foreshadowed in the movie) and that’s how he is still alive. Ok geniuses, if that’s the case, why is he still in a wheelchair? Wouldn’t he have picked a coma patient that could walk? Some other plot holes are troublesome as well. I won’t go into detail with them so as not to spoil too much of the plot.
Anyway, Magneto, Hank McCoy/Beast and a mopey, drunken Charles Xavier team up with future Logan in his past body (back to bone claws) to help save the future. Along the way, everyone helps mopey (and kind of jerky) Charles regain his powers and put him back on the path of all things good and true.
Mystique fans are in luck, the plot essentially revolves around her. We see a few of the old gang, like Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Rogue, Iceman and Havok, but in small doses. Others, like Jean Grey and Cyclops come back in the end when Logan saves the day. (This brings up another huge plot hole, where apparently Jean never became the Phoenix, which means Professor X didn’t die, Magneto never lost his power and Mystique is still a mutant….again, just don’t think about it too hard.) Additionally, we get a couple of new mutants, the most fun of whom is Quicksilver. The movie really left us wanting to see more of him.
For parents: DOFP is generally family friendly, though there is some profanity (including a F bomb) and the violence normally associated with a movie like this. However, there were also some good lessons about sacrifice, the greater good and self-image. 13 and up should be fine.
Now before you think I hated this movie, I didn’t. I actually liked it. The move was fun and I liked the trip back to the 70’s (a time where Logan’s muttonchops actually fit in). The only way to watch this movie is to not question it too much and not over-think it. The plot holes are numerous and they’ll take some of the fun out of the movie if you let them. Instead, just sit back and enjoy the ride (and a pretty credible Richard Nixon character). I’ll definately add it to my DVD collection.