#238: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

When and how did I watch this?

September 3rd, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.

Had I seen this film already?

No. I’ve only seen the old cartoons — nothing since.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Ensemble cast, and some time-traveling shenanigans.  I was certain this entry was on the list because of the current superhero trend and our proximity of time since its release. It has moved a couple of spots down since starting our movie project. My brother was obsessed with X-Men as a kid, so my knowledge of the characters was fair.

What do I know about it now?

A quality film. Some of the characters appear to be reprises of past roles, inserted very briefly to keep continuity.  Magneto and her daughter had some excellent moments, and occasionally Professor X (McAvoy) was compelling. Otherwise, it was typical high-action super-effect mayhem leading to a mega happy ending. I liked the moment when everything was “okay” at the end, but after thinking about it (which is always a dangerous thing to do), I realized the sentinels in the future were written in to create peril and tension, as merely a cheap plot device. My knowledge of the X-Men helped quite a bit — I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t work as a stand-alone film.

What are some themes in the film?

Survival, loyalty, self-preservation, courage, and time-travel.

Did this affect me personally?

 

Not really.  Again, it was a nice piece of work.  It just didn’t do anything for me.

Why is this ranked #238?

I’m still convinced it’s all hype.  I plan on seeing more of these on the list.  Hopefully this is the most disappointing, because it wasn’t too shabby.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yes.  She had a more positive assessment than I do.

Would I watch it again?

Probably not. I might glance at it if I were flipping through TV channels, but only if I were waiting for a baseball game to come on or something.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Sure.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No. Again, better than some I’ve seen on here, and it’s certainly entertaining, but the plot is nothing terribly inspiring.

 

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