Genre Guesstimation – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – Encore Review 2


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to ensemblecarl@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“You built these weapons to destroy us. Why? Because you are afraid of our gifts. Because we are different. Humanity has always feared that which is different. Well, I’m here to tell you, to tell the world, you’re right to fear us! We are the future! We are the ones who will inherit this earth! And anyone who stands in our way will suffer the same fate as these men you see before you! Today was meant to be a display of your power. Instead, I give you a glimpse of the devastation my race can unleash upon yours! Let this be a warning to the world. And to my mutant brothers and sisters out there, I say this: no more hiding. No more suffering. You have lived in the shadows in shame and fear for too long. Come out. Join me. Fight together in a brotherhood of our kind! A new tomorrow, that starts today! ” – Erik

Number of Times Seen – Three (18 Aug 2014, 17 Apr 2015 and 22 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – In a doomed future, the X-Men send Wolverine back in time in order to stop events from leading down a dark path.

My Take on it – This is one of my favorite film sin the franchise since they are able to add so much to what we already know about the characters in this franchise.

The use of time travel works so well in helping to bridge the gap between the two strands of the series while also dealing with apparent discrepancies seen along the way.

They also have the ability to utilize the actors and characters from both strands at once which adds so much more to the idea of an ensemble cast.

The special effects in this film are great and once again are able to enhance the story to very high levels.

The choice to explain the time travel aspect of the film in a quick manner works because as mutants, we can easily believe that any kind of power is possible without a real need for a complex or long explanation of it all.

The story is quite compelling and complexly deals with issues that have plagued many other authors and film makers and that is whether the future is ever set or whether we can change things along the way.

The decision to place this film in the early 1970’s also works well in bridging the gap between the two strands that are separated by time.

The way that the film mixes and matches characters from both strands of the timeline works really well in establishing that this is all truly one universe and helps solidify the continuity between the two strands.

This film once again proves that in superhero film an ensemble cast can be integral in showing how various characters can complement one another with their different powers to effectively fight those who oppose them.

Loved seeing Peter Dinklage in a small yet integral role in this film.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing premise that works so well on so many levels. They are able to bridge the gap between the two timelines of the franchise and also utilize actors and characters that have up until now never been in the same film. The special effects are superbly done and this once again is able to enhance the story even more. The choice to not explain the time travel aspect too intensely also helps make us believe what is happening quite easily. The movie gives us a very compelling and complex story that deal with an age old question of whether the future is truly set that has been explored quite often in other time travel based movies and stories. The use of the 1970’s as the backdrop for the story also works really well in establishing the future of the characters from one strand of the franchise and the past of the other strand. The mixing and matching of characters from both strands works very effectively in making a continuity that we can accept quite easily. They once again prove that an ensemble cast of heroes is integral to making film like this work so well because they all can complement the powers of one another so effectively and precisely to fight against their enemies. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script called for Logan to wake up in 1973 in boxer shorts. Hugh Jackman vetoed this, in favor of waking nude, saying, “In Australia, if you’re next to a really good-looking girl, you’re not getting out with boxer shorts on, or briefs, or anything! (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Definitely! This film effective shows how such a diversely populated ensemble cast can make a story work so effectively.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – Encore Review 2

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