To begin with, I don't hate X-Men: Days of Future Past, nor do I love it either, I left the theatre with a meh, could've been better feeling... I certainly enjoyed watching it, but it wasn't anything I would rank in my top 10 CBMs. Heck - I'm not sure it'd make my top 15. In this editorial, I'll explain thoroughly why Days of Future Past is merely an average film, thanks for reading, and don't forget to leave your comments below...
Firstly, the film didn't bring anything to make it standout - it was the same sort of story done to death countless times, and @illyanarasputin covered that, anyways. Sure - the effects were fantastic, cast was outstanding, it was well paced, and a fun film... but overall, the writing and narrative were generic, predictable, and nothing new - it was a general "back in time to save the future" thing that's been done to death... so if you think this film did anything special, feel free to share below.
Heck - I enjoyed Quicksilver... but I honestly don't think he's anywhere near as amazing as most people have made him out to be, and not only that, Quicksilver is shoved in there as a plot device, with little characterisation... that's weak, weak storytelling. So - could you imagine, in Avengers 2... the heroes are going up against Ultron... and then they call on Ms Marvel for a single scene as a plot device and then she becomes non-existent in the next scene. F*ck enjoyable... it's just bad writing and bad storytelling - straight and simple.
Now, I'd like to discuss my next point of discussion... James did a sublime job as a younger Xavier, and I liked the character... mostly. However, something bothering me was the depiction of his depression - which wasn't done well. Why? Because the writers played his depression for laughs. Yeah, there was one or two admittedly nice scenes that fleshed out his depression, but what's honestly sad is that the rest of his depression was mostly utilised for chuckles. For example - we see Xavier lashing out and speaking the F-Word... because the thought of Xavier lashing out is amusing and is good for laughter, and that's what bugs me - they could've done something with his depression but they didn't.
Thirdly is the future segments of the storyline - which were completely wasted. To start with, a bulk of the future is all in one room, with Kitty helping Wolverine tap into the past, and the rest watching, and the characters aren't characterised at all. Is Ice-Man characterised. Nope. Is Future Professor X characterised? Nope. Is Future Magneto characterised? Um... nope... not at all. And overall - they don't do much with the future, being - they could've explored a lot, but the future setting is wasted and they barely did anything interesting or noteworthy with it.
Well, yeah - that's basically what bothered me with the film, and it's not hugely much... but there wasn't anything standout with the film, Quicksilver was poor writing, and the future segments were wasted, with a bulk of the mutants lacking characterisation - thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed - so don't forget to leave your comments below.