Hey guys, I am back to bore you for another long post. A lot of interesting things have been going on, most importantly, a new trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past (let us just say “DOFP” for further references) has surfaced online and a lot of high anticipation for Captain America: The Winter Soldier due to the acclaimed reception it has received following the movie premier prior to its release. I am really excited for both these movies and I am seeing The Winter Soldier the next weekend, be sure to check out the review on my blog soon
So in this post, I am going to talk more in detail about the new trailer for X-Men DOFP.
First off, let me point out the fact that I loved this trailer, but it does bring up a lot of questions in my head, and that is a good sign of anticipation, but on the other hand I am nervous about this film. My prediction so far about this film is rather peculiar and I also have to point out that this film has a lot of expectations that need to be fulfilled, but more importantly, it needs to answer A LOT of questions. Regardless of how epic the trailer might be, it cannot cloud these facts. So, moving on to the trailer review.
The first-half of the trailer takes its time in establishing the situations of these characters. They are in a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are on “the edge of extinction” as the elderly Charles Xavier narrates. We get a glimpse of a lot of mutants, like Kitty Pryde, Blink, Bobby/Ice Man, Bishop, Wolverine, Charles and Magneto (elder and younger versions) and Storm (who probably dies in the shot that revealed a Sentinel attacking from behind).
This description probably structures up to the first minute of the trailer. It tries its best in not giving away the entire plot but giving us the necessary plot points that we need. Now a lot of people hated this part of the trailer, but I guess I am the minority. I loved Patrick Stewart’s voiceover, it was magnificent, and the sense of fear, danger and hope all at the same time in a single voiceover was something that I simply could not ignore.
What do we imply from this?
- Charles Xavier is the central character of this film, whether or not the older version or the younger version gets the major part doesn’t bother me much, but much of the first minute implies that Charles really has a major involvement in the film’s plot.
- Wolverine will have the most screen time in this film compared to all the characters. I definitely stand by the previous point that I stated, but do remember Charles is played by two actors of significantly different ages. Wolverine plays his part in the future as well as the past. A lot of die-hard fans of X-Men were disappointed as it was Kitty Pryde who goes back in time, but I am a huge fan of Wolverine and I like the decision that they send Wolverine to do this job and I can’t get enough of Hugh Jackman.
- At least 45 minutes to one hour of the film will take place in the future. A lot of war scenes were shown to us in the trailer and it does showcase a lot of sentinels and a lot of action sequences are going to be around the future timeline. The trailer gave us a lot of shots of the future for at least 1 and half minutes throughout the trailer, although I am sure that the future will take at least up to 45 minutes of the movie, I am definitely not sure whether the scenes are going to be intercuts between the films past and future timelines or will it be a continuous narrative.
As we move on, we get a glimpse of Wolverine lying down on a rock-like structure with Kitty Pryde’s arms on either side of Wolverine sending him back to his younger body in the past (with her new powers?). We see a few shots of the younger Charles, with long hair and a full beard, we see Magneto escaping a prison with a few iron balls (a nod to the X2 scene). We see Mystique as a much less innocent character. A few shots of Boliviar Trask introducing sentinels are seen. Wolverine is seen in action. Charles seems to be standing in a few shots. In the last few shots, we get to see Magneto showcasing his powers near a football stadium and lifting a couple of cars, throwing a few men off and a lot more.
What do we imply from this?
- Mystique will be a far less likeable character than she was in the first film. She really seems like she has taken a seductive turn to her character much like Emma Frost (the woman in the diamond skin in First Class). Both these characters seem to be very similar for many reasons
- Charles and Magneto’s friendship have a really strong focus. We see an older Magneto who is regretful of his actions and we see a younger version of Magneto who isn’t. There are two opposite situations throughout the trailer, we see how Charles and Magneto fight each other and we see a regretful Magneto trying to redeem his friendship with Charles by the future near the end of the trailer (“All those years wasted fighting each other Charles”). This particular scenario makes me have a strong feeling that the scenes are going to be intercuts of the future and the past.
- Kitty Pryde will have a larger role than the audience expected. Although it isn’t Kitty who goes back in time, it seems to me that she has an integral part in this film, she is seen at least 5-6 times throughout the trailer and she seems to be the one who sends wolverine back in time
- Wolverine will convince Charles and Magneto to be friends again. Wolverine has gone through a lot and I am pretty sure in one way or another he will make sure that they work together, he probably will threaten them.
As all the shots are done, we see the final glimpse of the older Charles and the younger Charles (who is in tears) facing each other with the older Charles saying “You’re afraid. I remember “.
What do we imply from this?
This is going to be a turning point in the film. It is going to be at a point where the younger Charles is burdened with expectations and faces his older self, and after this conversation (which will be 5-10 minutes long), he will do what is necessary to make things right.
After this review I think it would be best to point out the problems this film has to solve
- Continuity – This film needs to answer a lot of questions based on the unexplained questions that were created in X-Men 3, especially, how the antidote created only a temporary effect and how Charles is still alive and how can he stand in a few scenes.
- It needs to explain things – This film needs to do a lot of that. As I said earlier, it needs to explain how Charles is able to stand, how Wolverine got his Adamantium claws back, How Kitty Pryde is able to send Wolverine back to the past, why the elderly Magneto does not wear his helmet?, How did the war break out?, How were they able to recruit mutants and if the war broke out in the 70s, how is it that the events in X-Men, X2 and X-Men 3 take place? It needs to answer millions of questions
- It needs to be a long film – The film needs to be 2 and half hours at least to promise the level it has promised to be. We will only find out later
- It needs to have a central focus – Despite the fact that we are all excited to see a lot of characters in this film, Bryan Singer needs to make sure that the film has a central focus on only a few characters
- It needs to be a good film – Above all this film needs to be good and if it isn’t, I don’t have to describe how angry the fans (including myself) will get.
So guys, we are all excited and nervous about this movie, what are your predictions? How do you think this film will turn out? Please do like this post and follow this blog if you like it and be sure to catch my first film review in 2 months for Captain America The Winter Soldier