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The Best & Worst Of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

by The Playlist Staff
May 27, 2014 2:42 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Well, knock us down with a feather. We'd been positively fearing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" from afar. It had a been a while since the franchise peaked, and on paper, the giant cast list seemed to promise another "X-Men: The Last Stand"-style mess at best. Plus director Bryan Singer's last film, "Jack The Giant Slayer," was by some distance the worst of his career, and early marketing materials made it look like 'DOFP' had a tiny scope that belied its budget (the second most expensive in Fox's history, after "Avatar"), and made it seem like some kind of mid-'90s vision of the future.

And yet, the film turned out to be a pleasant surprise, as you'll know from our review. One of Singer's best films, and the best X-Men movie since 2003's "X2: X-Men United," it's one that manages to be remarkably coherent and entertaining, given the potential pitfalls involved. That said, it's far from perfect. As is usually the case with these summer tentpoles, there's plenty of bad in with the good. So, as such, we've done our traditional post-mortem on the movie in detail: you can take a look, but be aware there are heavy spoilers if you haven't yet seen the movie. And you can let us know what you thought about the film in the comments section.

The Best

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Quicksilver, Especially In The Pentagon Sequence
Evan Peters has impressed us for some time now as one of the regulars of the "American Horror Story" troupe, and he is given a gift in this role here. By far the wittiest and most fun of any of the mutants this time out, his Quicksilver is cartoony and extraordinarily useful, of course, while constantly displaying terrific timing both comic and dramatic. And that all comes to a head in what is probably the film's best stand-alone scene, in which the X-Men, having freed Magneto, now face a whole brigade of guards who open fire. Not just one of the best uses of extreme slomo/bullet-time we've seen in forever, and definitively the best use of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle," Quicksilver's mischief comes through in how he solves the situation: through the casual tiny deflection of a few bullets, a couple of pantsings, and a "stop punching yourself" sight gag. It's not only a joy to watch him work, the payoff when we go back to normal speed is hilarious. One thing though—we guess he has to play Jim Croce extra slow to make it sound right to him?

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

James McAvoy
While Michael Fassbender gets to be all flinty and hunt Nazis in 'First Class' and therefore stole a lot of the "OMFG he so cool" oxygen, we've always flown the flag for the reboot really being James McAvoy's picture. And he's even better second time out. By far the most conflicted character (Mystique comes close), here Charles Xavier, of all of them, is the most ambivalent and shaded of the X-Men, especially as Wolverine plays the all-out good-guy hero. Building the stakes for Prof X who we know will evolve into a creature of Patrick Stewart-levels of compassion and wisdom is a tricky business, but it really works here, as we see him ruining himself from the inside out, prey to gnawing doubt and guilt (though we could have done without Beast's explanation of Xavier really losing it because Vietnam). Xavier's adoption of the merciful position as regards the human vs. mutant battle is given texture and context, an active, costly choice, of which he is not at all sure. And McAvoy sells every shade of light and dark, turning in by far the film's most emotive and emotionally engaging performance, in a character more usually portrayed as a brain on wheels.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past,

The Script
We have to confess, we've always lumped Simon Kinberg in with the Kurtzman & Orcis of the world: a young screenwriter who seemingly came from nowhere to become a big-deal writer and producer, who's generally stayed within franchise territory, and whose credits ("X-Men: The Last Stand," "Jumper," "This Means War") don't really instill much in the way of confidence. But credit to Kinberg (and the likely additional uncredited script doctors, though the credited scribe likely did the heavy lifting when it comes to structure)—what looked like a potential clusterfuck of an overstuffed cast and time travel plotting is relatively coherent and very watchable. Sure, there are incoherences and inconsistencies, but Kinberg makes the wise decision to keep most of the mutant cameos to a minimum, use the old-school cast of Stewart and McKellen et al. fairly sparingly, and focus up on Wolverine and the 'First Class' gang, and even the latter group have pretty much been pared down to the most interesting one: Charles, Erik, Mystique and Beast. Even the actual time-travel mechanics (likely inspired by J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek") make some sense. This was a difficult job, make no mistake, especially as the project came together quite quickly, so hats off to Kinberg for pulling it off the most part.

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  • Mary X | July 14, 2014 2:17 AMReply

    I didn't enjoy the film as much as First Class because of pretty much all of what was on the WTF List and Worst List. Nice article by the way.

    This is what confused me at the very end:
    ---> I was thinking in terms of the next film, so please know my questions are in concern for the follow up film as well. <---

    --Logan's death--
    So we all agree that him drowning should have killed him (permanently. just thought I'd add that) But like... was that Mystique on the boat posing as the doc who would give him adamantium??? (referring to the eyes that made it look like it was really Mystique in disguise. And if it wasn't her, why bring attention to the eyes like that since we know that is really Mystique's thing to do. And we know it's the doc because when Logan saw him he practically fainted) Like why would she do that to Logan? Was she gonna save him? Did she have plans for him? WTF?

    When Logan goes back to the "present" at the end of the film, we never see his adamantium claws... Which made me more confused because is this some sort of secret? But why? What would have been cooler than for Logan to open his claws? Would have been like counting toes after a baby is born. Make sure everything is what it should be for his body.

    Just... the little things.

    I really wish the story was better in this film. A part of me thinks that they made it so that the old and new magnetos and xaviers could meet. I felt that obviousness when I saw that Frask (who I think had potential to being a villain poster boy in the film, but really was this curious guy that was shy and wanted to kill mutants for really no real reason...) was just like there for no reason other than to die/not die and sway the president in his time of distress. It would have really been cool if he actually met Mystique. I agree with that.

    They needed more explanation, not more of Sentinel robots killing things in the beginning. I didn't enjoy being thrown into the plot like that when I really needed more proof about who the real bad guy was. Were the robots evolving? Who built them? "Random scientists that took over Frask's work" didn't convince me... I just sat in my seat for two hours confused about the real reason why Frask is a main guy. He didn't harbor much hatred for mutants nor did the mutant-dystopian future really capture a sense of hatred--- "lets just have the robots kill mutants" didn't seem like a valid thing if there was no clear laws or people behind it. (the real villains) I guess they didn't want a repeat plot from the first three X-Men films huh? But that's what happened! Just none of the filler was shown... :(

    I loved the acting. Top knotch actors. I loved the action, and suspense. But the story just wasn't right.

  • Storm Grey | June 29, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    This was not a great movie by any means. It was largely sloppy and ONLY came together during the last third or so of the film. Aside from Lawrence (who I still don't really buy as Mystique, but since she's young and 'in training' I use that to give her deficiencies as the character a pass for the most part) the actors aren't the problem.

    I'm glad they kept one of the writers from The Last Stand, but it was obvious to me that they were missing the other writer that must have brought more of the excitement and cohesion to X3. Yes, count me as one of the proposed few who actually loved that film because, despite the fanboy whining, it worked. People were upset because Xavier died, but I thought it was a bold move that was executed (pardon the pun) brilliantly. The Phoenix hated him for locking her up and she got her revenge. Now, obviously, if he were dead and gone for good that would have been a bad thing, but it was very carefully shown that his twin brother was being cared for by Moira (who is a known love interest for Charles).

    The reason why they don't plainly state that it's his twin brother is because they wanted the death of Prof. X to have some weight, and I think it did (so much so, that fans raged out of the theater obviously without seeing the end credits scene that showed he was back--Moira even exclaims "Charles!"--It's hard to miss that if you're paying attention.) Anyone who thinks Xavier transferring his consciousness to his brothers identical shell is a cheesy plot device, then I'd say where have you been this entire franchise. These are mutants that do all sorts of weird things. Professor X is someone who can stop time, get into anyone's head and control them (unless they wear a special helmet), supposedly hear all of the voices from every single person's mind in the world, and yet transferring his consciousness is where some people want to get their panties in a bunch?? Odd. I'd contribute him still being in a wheelchair to atrophied muscles. His brother spent, what, 70 years as a vegetable? So, I'm guessing he didn't just jump right out of bed when he woke up in his brother's body.

    Anyway, with the timeline mix-around, that seems to be nothing to be concerned about now anyway. The Phoenix was never set free, and Jean is the same as she was in X2 by the end of DoFP. Oh, and she didn't really "die" in X3 the same way she didn't really "die" in X2. There's a reason why her alter-ego is called "The Phoenix." We also don't really know that Scott died because it happened off-camera, leaving the door cracked for him to come back. It's a classic way to have a death without having a death. So, again, I still don't get the hate thrown at X3 for the "deaths." The Last Stand was far better written and well-thought-out than Days by far, but Days did have a terrific ending, and so that's what I'm guessing people floated out of the theater focused on.

    And in getting back to Days, I don't agree completely with the best of/worst of list here, but I do agree with some of it. So, I'll list what I think was best and worst about Days: This isn't posting, so I may have to do this in 2 posts.

  • Storm Grey | June 29, 2014 6:48 PM

    1. The Quicksilver scene where it takes 5 minutes go through a fraction of a second of time, and we get to experience time and motion the way he does. That was a nice exploration of his powers.

    2. Wolverine walking through the metal detector and it doesn't go off. His reaction was priceless. Loved it.

    3. Wolverine, *Some* of the Charles/Prof. X story, and Magneto were handled well.

    I think the point about Wolverine drowning being ridiculous is missing the point of his regenerative powers. You die from drowning because yours cells don't have oxygen. Lack of oxygen for an extended period of time causes brain damage and death, but it's easy for me to believe that his brain is able to heal the damage and his cells are able to regenerate from their deprivation. So, while he's drowning, he never really dies. He's just kind of stuck there in an endless cycle of regenerating enough to stay alive but not enough to free himself and reach the surface because he's literally "waterlogged." It's really a kind of torture. Also, let's remember these are X-Men. A lot of this stuff isn't supposed to make perfect sense.

    4. Pretty much the last 30-35 minutes of the film.


    1. *Most* of the Charles/Prof. X story. There were times when it dragged and just languished. James McAvoy is a good actor, so it's not his fault. I think the problem is that the movie spent a little too much time on him wallowing, thus the film wallowed as well. And I just don't 'feel' the connection he's supposed to have to Mystique. Didn't really buy it in First Class, and so I had the same problem here. Maybe if they bring Rebecca back...

    2. Mystique's "magic" blood. This one I agree with. One glaring problem with what they said about the Sentinels in the movie is that Mystique was the "key" for getting them to take on other mutants' powers. The problem is, that's never been her gift. That's Rogue's gift. What Mystique can do is "look" and "seem" like anyone, but she can't BE them. Now, obviously, Rogue was missing when we were in the 2023 sequence, so it's possible that they took her and experimented on her too, unlocking the power to absorb powers, but they don't mention this at all in the film. I'm able to overlook that, because I get that Mystique is the one that ironically tips off the Sentinel program getting started by killing Trask, but it's still a gripe because to me the ability for the Sentinels to absorb someone's powers means that Rogue was truly "the key" in wiping out the mutant race, not Mystique. But, JLaw is in the Hunger Games and Katniss is hot right now, so...

    3. Once again, an underused and underdeveloped Storm. It's really becoming a broken record here. How many of these films are they going to make where she's there, but we still don't know hardly anything about her or the full extent of her powers? It's just a real waste of a great character. Halle Berry's not the problem; they just don't give her anything of substance to do. She's not alone in this, but boy, she's certainly one of the least used characters and her powers are epic!

    4. Most of this movie was all over the place. Maybe, with the time travel element, that was the point. Still, it came off as a sloppy job to me. Aside from the last 30-35 minutes, I don't understand why people love this film so much, but it's certainly better than First Class. To me, First Class is what The Last Stand is to some other people. A total disaster of a film. Please, don't get me started.

  • LJones | June 29, 2014 4:10 PMReply

    ["Jean and Cyclops are alive 'cause young Xavier saw in Wolverine's memories what was gonna happen to them so he change that and save the . . ."]

    This is your explanation?

  • JSNAPLES | July 2, 2014 11:11 PM

    You got some stupid reasons for hating this movie, Storm didn't get much screentime and you say this movie sucks? Hmm..maybe it's because..THEY DIDN'T NEED HER?!
    Storm was only needed for the movie to fight in the Future against the Sentinels and nothing else, they do not need to make up screentime for characters, the story is more important than the characters..
    Nothing was wrong with Charles Xavier in this movie, it's called the events of X-Men First Class, you idiot..
    Sloppy? How?
    Yes Rogue was supposed to be one of the other people who helped the Sentinels get their powers but it got cut out, which we'll probably see why in the blu ray..also that's not even a good reason to hate a movie at all "Oh Mystique doesn't take people's powers, you stupid movie! God this movie sucks!"

  • Rosie | June 29, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    I believe that Simon Kinsberg's script is probably the biggest problem with this movie. I was surprised at the number of bloopers I had encountered, while watching it.

  • lou | June 16, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    Horrible x-men movie, no explanation of how Xavier comes back from being discinergrated, there was no nimrod, sentinels looked like the robot from the Day the earth stood still, Bishop was suppose to go back in time through a time portal, not wolverine, and the time portal is not kitty's hands, This should've been called Mystique's Redemption, and when the hell is Hugh Jackman going to man up and where the real wolverine uniform, Rogue dates gambit not iceman, and when did kitty get time travel as a power, how is Cyclops and jean grey alive, ridiculous, there was so many unanswered questions and stupid Hollywood changes. There was a couple of things I liked, Magneto was awesome as always and finally there bringing the x-men's villain, Apocalypse. Being a big huge x-men fan, this was just another disappointing bust just like x-men 3 and this time it was by bryan Singer, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE

  • JSNAPLES | July 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    1. They didn't need to explain why he's alive, x-men last stand credits already did
    2. Hugh Jackman would look stupid in the yellow tights costume..just because it works in the comics doesn't mean it will in the movies
    3.Why is it bad how the Sentinels look?
    4. WHO CARES IF IT WASN'T BISHOP!?! Sorry to break it to you, but nobody cares to see some black guy we never seen before go around trying to save the future just because it happened in the comics, this isn't the comics so get over it
    5. Who cares if Rogue is dating Iceman?!? you seem to forget the difference between comics and movies
    6. Jean and Cyclops are alive because Wolverine changed the future..if you paid attention to the movie instead of complaining "Ohh this isn't like the comics" you'd know that
    7.Stupid hollywood changes? Yeah..become a director and make a x-men movie with everyone in yellow tights saying chessy one liners..let's see how much money you make LOL
    Comic book movies aren't made for the comic book fans, the comic book audience isn't even half of the people who see these movies so why would they care? Also if you haven't realized by now comic book movies aren't like the comics then where have you been for the past like 14 years?

  • Maya | June 21, 2014 11:04 PM

    Jean and Cyclops are alive 'cause young Xavier saw in Wolverine's memories what was gonna happen to them so he change that and save the

  • Mike | June 18, 2014 12:17 PM

    In the comics Kitty Pryde sent her consciousness through time. The movie switched that to Wolverine to use a more recognizable / likable character.

    Bishop was supposed to go back in time? That's not the actual comic storyline... You're a huge X-men fan but it sounds like you're basing your knowledge on the cartoon in the 90s.

  • Ron | June 14, 2014 11:07 PMReply

    Regarding post scene.... You clearly need to resaerch on Apolocalpse.... It was obvious when I saw it ... And includiong the 4 horsemen in the background at the end (that usually everyone misses)

  • Andre | June 14, 2014 10:05 AMReply

    The fact that they wonder about the extent of wolverine's healing factor is laughable to say the least......Please note that while extreme, he has survived being torn in half, being dismembered and even an autopsy.....surviving a bit of waterlog isn't that hard for him

  • ddd | June 14, 2014 11:26 PM

    not to mention a buslear blast too in the wolverine movie

  • dude | June 11, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    The Beast still looks like crap and they need to get past the Logan/Xavier/Magneto lovefest and look at some of the other X-Men for once

  • JSNAPLES | July 2, 2014 11:21 PM

    Aww what's wrong? sassy because poor little Cyclops or Storm have not gotten the respect they deserve?
    Cyclops is a lame character anyway, and they are not going to make movies for characters nobody cares about, sorry to break it to you, but in the real world nobody cares about seeing Cyclops lead on the x-men..
    But to give you hope, they have basically rebooted the franchise so you might get your little Cyclops and Storm moments in X-Men Apocalypse so hold your fanboy complaints until then and even if they don't who cares honestly?

  • george | June 11, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    listen this movie was overated and confusing the first 10 minutes were great when battling the sentinels im a big fan the xmen read the comic books when i was a kid a little disapointing

  • JSNAPLES | July 2, 2014 11:21 PM

    Overrated how?
    Confusing? Are you mentally retarded? Sentinels are killing mutants and Wolverine has to change the past to fix that, how's that confusing?

  • Anonymous | June 10, 2014 5:19 PMReply

    The author/authors of this article clearly missed a lot in this movie, nor are they apparently at all familiar with any other form of X-Men mythos beyond the movies. The whole section of not knowing who Apocalypse was supposed to be, thinking that Quicksilver's speed somehow makes him unbeatable, and most importantly that they failed to grasp that it is Mystique that retrieves Wolverine, and not Stryker pretty much shoots the credibility of the article and the writers to nothing in this instance.

  • Teresa | June 14, 2014 5:15 PM

    That's exactly what I was thinking. How can you not recognise the four horsemen?! I loved how this movie fixed all the crap from X3. Would like to see more of Rogue and Pyro though.

    One question: How the hell did Kitty magically get a second power? I thought shadowcat could just 'phase' through matter?

  • Connor Row Jarvis | June 9, 2014 2:08 PMReply

    I loved this movie I'm glad they brought back the subtle under tones of Erik/Charles that they had in first class even the actors young and old love Cherik which ultimately made me love the movie even more, I also loved the no Azazel/Mystique hints or any thing SOOOO glad about that.

  • Susan | June 7, 2014 4:37 AMReply

    I agree with Ray Im very confused as to how Prof x is alive in this movie and also how has magnito got his powers back he was turned mormal in the xmen 3 movie.

  • Storm Grey | June 29, 2014 7:16 PM

    ROEI is right. At the end of The Last Stand, it showed that Magneto was getting his powers back, and that the cure isn't really a cure, just a temporary suspension of powers.

    That's the thing I hate about them erasing X3 because people like Rogue, whose powers literally keep her from touching anyone or from being able to be touched, might want a "break" from that from time to time, and the cure was a way for that to happen. It ended up not really being a bad thing, just another option mutants have, kind of like birth control is an option women have, but it doesn't make you infertile/barren forever. It would have been nice to see that explored more.

    I was also looking forward to seeing what Mystique was going to do after Eric abandoned her. Oh well, for that!

  • roei | June 7, 2014 1:41 PM

    in the end of "the last stand", it was implied that magneto is slowly gaining back his powers, and that professor xabier is living in somebody elses body. in "the wolverine", professor xabier comes to wolverine, who asks him how is he alive, and the professor tells him something like "you are not the only one who is super...". we probably won't get a better answer than that.

  • James | June 5, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    Was no one else slightly mystified as to how, in 1973, there was the technology available to make not just giant flying robots, but giant flying robots made entirely of plastic components? I get that it's a different universe or whatever, but then why was all the other technology (cameras, tvs, etc) constrained to 70s standards?

    And then even disregarding what Trask eventually got up to, they have ALREADY developed the technology to electronically detect mutants in 1973... wouldn't that be put to use in the 27 years leading up to X-1?

  • Dan | June 10, 2014 5:24 PM

    The existence of the technology in 1973 is suspension of disbelief. As for the technology not being in X-1 here is a theory: After Trask's death and this basically causing the Sentinel project to go full bore, the powers that be behind it basically hid all traces of anti-mutant weaponry, for the fear that if any mutant became aware it existed, they may destroy what was built before the project came to fruition. Instead keep everything hidden, and when the Sentinels are finished (the ones in the DOFP time period) release them on a completely unsuspecting mutant population for maximum effectiveness.

  • Jeremy | June 5, 2014 1:59 PMReply

    My only issue was the ending: how are scott and jean alive? Hell i thought it was Rachael Summers...
    And why were the fourhorsemen in the background in the post credits scene?

  • JSNAPLES | July 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    Wolverine changed the timeline so all the movies besides First Class have never happened except to Wolverine and to the we are starting fresh
    Because Apocalypse is here to cause trouble for everyone

  • Steve | June 17, 2014 11:40 AM

    @Andy Remember, young Professor X read Wolverine's mind and saw his pain, which included scenes from X3. Clearly, he used this knowledge to make sure events played out differently.

  • Andy Shick | June 16, 2014 8:59 AM

    I had been wondering about Scott and Jean too. How did stopping the Sentinel program prevent Jean's death? I talked with a few people, and between what they said, I was able to piece it together:
    1. For whatever reason, since she couldn't kill Bolivar, Mystique instead killed Stryker (and assumed his form (you can see her eyes in the last scene as she is addressed as Maj Stryker)). Because of this, the events of X-2 now aren't happening, and since Jean doesn't have to break the dam to kill him, she doesn't die (and accordingly, Phoenix isn't around to kill Scott).

  • KittyKat | June 4, 2014 11:37 PMReply

    It wasn't Mystique's magic blood that gave Sentinels the ability to use the powers of other mutants, though. Trask Industried had been experimenting on and detaining mutants for a while; they used whatever the mutants had that was useful, incorporating those abilities into the Sentinels themselves. Have you watched the trailer and wondered why Rogue was there, but not in the movie? In the original script, the writers had planned to have this part where Professor X and Magneto had to get Rogue out of a facility where the baddies (I agree with you here, we don't know for sure who the 'bad guys' are) had imprisoned her. It was from her that the Sentinels got their power-absorption, and not from Mystique. Aside from this, I think your post was wonderful, and I agree with it completely:)

  • james | July 2, 2014 10:32 PM

    You really need to watch the endings of the movies. The real endings are in the credits.. xahaver was never and i mean NEVER Killed, and he can make people think he looks like anyone, he transferred his mind to another person. They even set the plot in the moving when he asked his class something like what if we transferred the mind of a farther with terminal illness to this man.. It was a question regarding the ethical use of powers. As far as Gen gray, the phoenix makes wolverine look mortal. When ever the phoenix is deathly endured she goes into a cacoon, and rises from the ashes, but once again this is do to the fact in this story they said in the first 10 minutes that "they were never there" they set the plot for the ending in the begging so it does make sense, that the time line is completely different. As far a the question about mistic she has the power to become anyone, perhaps even at a genetic scale meaning if a check point required blood in order to pass (IE hi-tech security systems) she would pass. Although it is shown in her character she really never looks like a mutant or trys to use there powers, yes i would agree that after they found mystic that rogue would be the next piece similar to that in a way wolverine was the last piece to the code in x-men origins the wolverine. which once again is probably why it took 50 years to form. As far as the technology to detect mutants. That wasn't shown until later in the film, it is more evident the reason why it is not available in X1 is because when the inventor died by mystics hands the knowledge of the technology died with him. which is the only reasonable answer to the question. What is so good about this movie and why people do enjoy it, is because you have to have some form of intellegence perhaps even an iq above 130 to understand it. Its like the movie the Matrics, people cannot understand that zion is in the matrices that is the "perfect city" that the computers built and what was explained to be the utter failure. which is why neo was able to control the machines which is why he said the city was built on light, or just another code that we view as photons. The point i am trying to get at is that every word, every suggesting in the films leads the audience to one and only one conclusion. but you have to have the ability to open your mind, thats also why i love doctor who. and Huge Jackman is either the best actor of our times. I would love to be able to see him in a broadway show... And for those who like doctor who: the "13th incarnation (14th really with the one he cloned) was in the episode where they saved the time lords in another dimension, so i suspect that "episode continues on in the next christmas special... they only showed his eyes and noise but he was one of the 13 that said they where there, if not than there would have only been 12 doctors there.

  • Ray | June 6, 2014 8:42 PM

    Ok, i have a question thats been burning in my head for a w hile since ive seen x-men: days of future past. In the xmen last stand, proffessor x was killed by jean when she was going nuts. In the beginning of days of future past, why was proffesor x there? He shouldnt have been because he was murdered. Anyone else notice that? Either the crew of the movie has an explanation, or they totally forgot about the important stuff from the earliar movies.

  • Carlos Stephens | June 4, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    Regarding your "we wonder what has happened in the intervening years to turn Wolverine into, essentially, GI Joe " beef: the whole war that wiped out most of his friends and humanity along with it for which he was sent back to the past to prevent, maybe? I think the 4,000 X-Men related movies prior established that Wolverine's the reluctant hero, and they've all gradually lead him to the conclusion that was reached in the most recent "The Wolverine"; when saying goodbye to his Japanese girlfriend, he says he's leaving her to go back to where the action is because he's "a warrior", in so many words. Your argument is now invalid. The movie rocked.

  • Junyasayhow | June 4, 2014 3:49 PMReply

    In ALL of these terrible Xmen movies the only even semi descent moments have been the nightcralwer scene in the beginning of the 2nd movie (AND EVEN THEN you can see hes GOT BOOTS ON one second and not the next), and the magneto as a child in the first one...apart from a few other things like Fastbender as magneto and Stewart as prof X (and Mckellen though hes too frail) there is absolutely nothing about these movies that would make them something I wouldn't expect to see on the Sci-fi channel right next to Sharknado. The action is totally something that should be in a broadway musical and the CGI all though the better part of the movies, is still pretty lame and only shown in short intervals because all of the budget is spent on getting big names like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, or Halle Berry to play a lame, too tall, non agile, untrained, bar room brawling, skinny jean wearing Wolverine. Or a rubber big foreheaded non sexual organ having mystique. Or a corny can't figure out if she has an accent or not, turning to put her white contacts in and do cheesy wire work Storm. I hope there's a reboot (as in all new cast, director, writer) in the very near future.

  • Brandon | June 4, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Loved the film. Confused about this film erasing a previous film.

    One HUGE Gripe... Don't bring a strong "future" character from the X Men Saga like BISHOP without giving him the proper presence within the story. Use someone less relevant.

  • matthew ritch | June 4, 2014 9:15 AMReply

    You are all stupid. Watch this film and the other in the franchise again. This time: PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Josh | June 3, 2014 6:17 PMReply

    Singer wastes too many characters. Rogue, Cyclopse, Storm, BISHOP, etc..... I liked it a lot but Winter Soldier is superior due to a better defined villain and evil plan.

  • FSchmertz | June 3, 2014 3:08 PMReply

    You missed the fact that the "Stryker" that fished Wolverine out of the river was actually Mystique.

    The reviving from drowning thing doesn't bother me as much as "how does he get the adamantium if he never gets grabbed by the REAL Stryker?

    And does this mean there will be a Wolverine/Mystique tie-in in some kind of standalone movie?

  • FSchmertz | June 3, 2014 3:20 PM

    Oh, and I think the movie reduced the Fassbender's Magneto to a plot device for most of the second part of the movie. His character is in danger of turning irrelevant, he needs something to work with (the hint would be the future Magneto's regret about what happened with Professor X in his death scene-he's not just black to X's white).

  • robthom | June 3, 2014 10:30 AMReply

    Twas a fine movie.
    Out of all the Superhero movies post 2000 Singer has done the best job IMO.

    Singer isn't the greatest director,
    all his movies have flaws going back to usual suspects.
    But I had way more problems with thor, avengers, ironman, winter soldier, spiderman, darkknight, etc.
    And those are the other most celebrated in the genre,
    not to even mention the flat out stinkers.

    Singer seems to try harder and care more about the artistry of things where other directors seem more concerned with packaging a product.

  • robthom | June 3, 2014 12:58 PM

    It may be a pet peeve of mine, but one thing that suddenly occurred to me while watching DOFP and Singers movies in general,
    is there was almost no shakey cam.

    Wintersoldier was actually pretty good, but I found myself experiencing equal irritation to its attributes while watching it because of all the shaking cam.

    Its such an offensive and lazy trend IMO that it completely taints what might be an otherwise decent movie.

    But the kids seem to like it, so maybe its just me.

  • Ryan | June 3, 2014 8:47 AMReply

    I loved everything you hated about the movie. So do many people I know.

  • robthom | June 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    I've heard there are people who love lady gaga.

    And I'd imagine that they know many people who share their opinion.

  • Ignacio balbuena | June 3, 2014 1:10 AMReply

    (let’s forget that Logan has adamantium claws in the future of ‘DOFP’ that isn’t explained either, like he’d undergo that process voluntarily?).

    Well, in the dystopian future he has his metal claws because that's the future of the original trilogy timeline, and wolverine origins, so he has his claws because stryker gave them to him.

    In the fixed future he doesn't show his claws, and since it's mystique who finds him, NOT the actual stryker, we can assume he didn't get the adamantium job.

    The writers should a. Pay more attention b. Actually know about the x men storylines, if not for the comics, at least for the 90s cartoon, which was the bomb. The movie is still quite a mess though.

  • Ignacio Balbuena | June 3, 2014 10:04 AM

    self reply, Wolverine shouldn't have his claws in the dystopian unaltered future because he got them removed in The Wolverine

  • Mark S. | June 2, 2014 3:30 PMReply

    @BMAN - why does Magneto need to make any sort of "speech?" It would seem overly scripted. I think Magneto's turn on Raven is COMPLETELY in character and there's no need for explanation.

    His fighting Charles (and others) on the beach in Last Stand showed that he has no problem with some mutants dying if it results in the greater good (i.e. showing off mutant power/superiority over humans).

  • Bman | June 2, 2014 1:46 PMReply

    Just a couple of reactions:

    - Wolverine's role: I like where he is now, it shows that they are letting that character develop instead of just playing the same notes over and over again. Wolverine moving from reluctant hero/teammate to the tough-love teacher/leader is an arc that character has followed for years.

    - I don't think the Magneto turn was out of no where, it just needed another scene of him saying something like "they will never stop. You think this changes anything yadda yadda" Really surprising that the creative team dropped the ball there, that is kind of slam-dunk, easy speech to write for that character.

    - The points about the holocaust imagery being a bad thing kind of hurts your credibility when it comes to critiquing an X film. You even say it yourself, "the X-men can have a more serious sub-text than say Thor." X-Men comics/shows have always dealt with segregation/slavery/genocide between mutants and humans, it's really what drives the franchise. To eliminate it from the movie would be bad taste and effectively "de-claw" one of the things that makes it great and unique.

  • steines | June 2, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    Actually they retconned X1,2, and 3. The end scene with Wolverine and everyone still alive was part of an alternate of the first time line shown in DoFP. Meaning, what was changed for the Wolverine that went back in time upon his return to his timeline. Saving Trask means that the First Class future split off from that timeline at that point and their future is wide open and anything can be done from this point. The alternate timeline now allows them to erase the mistakes from the past and recast characters and make them younger, such as Cyclops, Jean Grey, etc.

  • Mark S. | June 2, 2014 11:57 AMReply

    This article is absolutely terrible. I'm not expecting you to read 50 years of X-Men history, but FFS know the film series you are reviewing!

    Bob Xavier? Is that some joke that I'm not clued in on?

    Also - did you miss that "Stryker's" eyes glowed when Wolverine was rescued? That was supposed to let the audience know it was OBVIOUSLY Mystique, not Stryker. And since we never saw Logan's claws in the present, it's not clear if he ends up going through Weapon X project or not in the new timeline.

  • camazotz | June 30, 2014 2:45 AM

    I'm pretty sure Wolverine doesn't get grabbed for Weapon X until decades later. We saw a young Stryker here, who now has his eye on Wolverine....the scene at the end was a ruse, getting you to think "Oh, now Stryker's got him" when in fact it was really Mystique saving his butt. The Stryker who carried out the Weapon X program was no longer US military IIRC and was operating a secret base in Canada...and was much older, even when he was putting Wolverine through all his tortures and experiments to bond adamantium to his bones. Probably, in the movie timeline, I'd guess that event as flashbacked in X2 happens early nineties or late eighties.

  • Anna | June 3, 2014 7:39 PM

    I really hope we never have to see Wolverines bone claws again! It's usually a pretty cool effect when his claws pop out but those yellowed lil spikes made me wanna barf.

  • Lobbo | June 2, 2014 3:29 AMReply

    Lawrence's performance was stilted and uninteresting. The writing made her part worthwhile.

  • will c | June 11, 2014 11:49 AM

    Lobbo , Jennifer Lawrence almost always gives " stilted and uninteresting " performances . It is all because Jennifer is not a trained actress , and she doesn't understand the acting craft . Playlist writers and other journalists continue to give her a free pass for her lousy acting . I still don't understand how anybody can get past her wooden acting , her frozen facial expression , and her incredibly stiff line reading ? Jennifer's acting is on par with Kristen Stewart and Megan Fox .

  • Murphy | June 1, 2014 10:11 AMReply

    I enjoy these articles, but sometimes the writers' tones can be so frustratingly condescending that the nitpicking becomes thoughtless and mean-spirited. Granted, I've written Best/Worst articles for my film blog as well and it's a fun way to deconstruct, for sure, however, there're always a few things that find their ways onto these lists that I don't think the writers remember correctly.

    Majorly here, we never see Wolverine's claws in the "fixed future." He wakef up and sees everybody alive again and then encounters Charles in his study. No claws are all. Combined with the Mystique-is-Stryker final image (which I also think you guys missed as it is never mentioned), I think this makes for an interesting Apocalypse set-up, especially with Jackman being the only original cast member signed on to the 1980's-set storyline. Not showing Wolvy's claws in the future opens up possibilities for the storyline. I'm sure they'll find a way to get the metal claws back, but it's be fascinating for the Weapon X ordeal to go down very differently in the movie continuity. Again, doubt they'll go that route, but the option is there.

    Also, this is obviously as personal tick, but as a massive fan of Jennifer Lawrence, I don't think she's Mystique whatsoever. Rebecca Romijn is Mystique, and JLawr doesn't do anything with her performance that makes me believe that she'll grow up into that version of Mystique. Lawrence isn't ruthless enough, Romijn had a strange sarcastically evil vibe to her, which made sense. Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen through and through, the fact that she remains a huge part of this ensemble is just luck. But yes, I'm sure she hates her shooting schedule.

    Honestly, I loved this film to no end. Just before you write these articles you gotta check some facts because you might be nitpicking things that aren't actually existant problems or have defined answers (i.e. Apocalypse's post-credits scene).

  • EMErdelac | June 1, 2014 12:31 AMReply

    The one and only thing I couldn't accept - why could Kitty Pryde cause peoples' consciousness to travel back in time with no explanation?? All she could ever was phase through solid objects. Wha'happened??

  • xmen fangirl | May 31, 2014 9:19 PMReply

    I'd said it before and I'll say it again xmen days of future past was James mcavoy's movie , he owned every scene and xmen first class was michael fassbender's movie he owned every scene in that. so I wonder who's own the next one the apocalypse.

  • monahawk | May 31, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    My girlfriend fell asleep for about 1 minute and was convinced she had missed about half an hour because when she woke up magneto had suddenly turned evil again... I think wolverine drowning was definitely a missed opportunity because in the comics he has a fear of the ocean and drowning is one way he can definitely die... I liked the fact that this Wolverine had kind of moved on and accepted the mantle of hero, particularly because it is hinted that in the seventies he was into some gangster stuff. The best acting happens between Charles and Logan I think and all of the acting is great really... Quicksilver is definitely the highlight... It is pretty funny that this was to be an opportunity to "fix the continuity", I guess the method of fixing was "complete mash up"...great fun altogether and I actually really wanted it to continue at the end of the picture!!

  • Alex | May 29, 2014 6:19 PMReply

    I am so confused... Professor X died in x men the last stand..yes in this new film he's alive in 1973 because that's the past, but doesn't explain why in the future (present time at beginning of the film after the x men last stand) why the professor is alive? he died.. or I must of missed something..

  • Monahawk | May 31, 2014 10:14 AM

    I read that other mutants (rogue+mystique?) used their powers to morph the body in the hospital back into Charles following his conscious being transferred. How he ended up in a wheelchair again after being given a new body though, just seems like bloody hard luck...!

  • Marie-Anne | May 30, 2014 6:31 PM

    At the end of Last Stand his consciousness is in a comatose woman's body
    Along with his abilities, he apparently did something to wake himself up and morph, don't know the science behind that though lol.

  • X2 Is Not Good | May 29, 2014 3:16 PMReply

    "Roughly canon."

    Actually the movie goes out of its way to clarify that it considers X3 canon. There's flashback scenes from X3 as well as an appearance from Kelsey Grammer as older Beast. Not to mention, Logan's reaction when he sees both Jean and Scott alive. That's exactly why it's puzzling that they then decide to not explain how Professor X is still alive in the original future timeline.

    Also people really need to stop being soft about this and that being "too grim." The holocaust and prejudice in general are at the fundamental core of X-Men. Just like the concentration camp scene in the original movie is about the only representative aspect of the source material's true potential to be gripping.

  • anna | June 3, 2014 7:42 PM

    I really wish they had explain Xavier too! Or that I had rewatched The Last Stand, hehe. Because I spent aloooot of DOFP desperately wanting to google the explanation.

  • JOHN | May 29, 2014 2:45 PMReply

    The Sentinels use Rogue's power - not Mystique - to mimic mutant's powers. This was cut from the film but is supposed to be on the BluRay.

  • Jeff | May 29, 2014 12:42 PMReply

    Stryker is a Major, not a General in this movie. This review was obviously written by someone who has never read the comics, let alone closely followed the movie franchise.

  • heath | May 29, 2014 11:39 AMReply

    Xavier is alive because the future is different from 1973 on. Presumably, somethings would be be very similar, but not the same.

    Wolverine had admantium claws in the future because he had already gone through the weapon x program. Stryker found wolverine regardless of the past or present. This time it was probably a little earlier.

    The I had is same with any ensemble cast. Character development took a back seat.

    Quicksilver and his sister, interestingly enough are so far the only characters to crossover the studio lines. They will be in the next Avengers movie also. Just not played by the same people and sadly with different back stories.

  • loudrockmusic | May 31, 2014 4:40 AM

    Isn't the Wolverine/Yakuza story way later than this one? Like book/canon-wise?

  • Drew | May 30, 2014 1:03 AM

    No, we're wondering how he's alive in the timeline where the mutant populace is under attack from the Sentinels, which is explicitly happening post X3.

    Wolverine lost his adamantium claws in "The Wolverine" movie that came out last year.

  • jacob | May 29, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    Didn't any one watch the the last stand, see the post credits scene in it and u will see that professor X has transferred his brain to another comatose patient, which was his twin brother

  • Monahawk7 | May 31, 2014 10:20 AM

    Was his "twin" also in a wheelchair?

  • Sam | May 29, 2014 8:04 AMReply

    RE: Why Does Magneto Lift The Stadium?

    I think Magneto did not pick the stadium for no reason as the stadium he lifted in the movie is JFK stadium. If you recall in the movie earlier, Magneto was explaining his fail attempt to rescue JFK from being assassinated and that JFK was one of their own. My theory is that the government found out JFK is a mutant and thus a threat, therefore ordered him to be assassinated. Magneto found out about it and attempt to stop it but obviously failed. His use of stadium to corner the White House is obviously symbolic and trying to remind the politicians that they are responsible for JFK's death. Also, since the sentinal program is broadcast internationally, maybe he is trying to use that opportunity to hint the world that the government is the one who murdered JFK but not him. After watching the movie and going back to the promotional material released previously about the Bent Bullet , I don't Magneto's choice of stadium is random.

  • Steve | May 30, 2014 2:55 AM

    No, it is RFK Stadium, not JFK.

  • me | May 29, 2014 7:48 AMReply

    How is xavier still alive? When in X-men the last stand he got killed by gene?!

  • Mo | May 31, 2014 2:02 PM

    There is a post credit scene in X:Men The Last Stand where we realize he is alive. Check out the plot summary on the Wiki page

  • I Am That Guy | May 29, 2014 5:15 AMReply

    He lifts the stadium so he can fly higher, as he needs metal to 'levitate, having the stadium surround him which enables him to fly higher, he also drops it so no police e.c.t. can intervene with what he plans to do next.

    Main issue on here is Quicksilver is Magneto's son (the reference of his mum knowing someone with this power once gave a nod to this) I am guessing Magento doesn't know about his son, but the ages of the characters here seem to blurr this point.

    Also there is no indication of Mystique having a child (but Azazel is dead) and Mystique and Azazel have a child (also known as NightCrawler)

  • Crawdad | May 29, 2014 4:33 AMReply

    "But even that gigantic leap doesn't explain why future Professor Bob Xavier (or whatever his name is)"

    Really? Or whatever his name is? They continually call him Charles in literally every X-Men movie there is, including repeatedly in the one you're writing about.

  • heath | May 29, 2014 11:29 AM

    He was talking about the the twin.

  • Andy Pants | May 29, 2014 4:21 AMReply

    You're complaints are dumb, wrong and contradictory. How is Wolverine able to use his healing power to prevent him from drowning? He didn't drown, he was pulled out of the water before drowning. Why didn't they have Quicksilver solve every problem in the rest of the movie? Firstly, because there would be no film and secondly, because he had no reason to care whether Peter Dinklages character died or not. He only helped break out Magneto out of the Pentagon, because he thought it would be fun to break into the most secure building in the United States. You also complain about Xavier being alive, then acknowledge that X-3 was ret-conned out of existence. He died in X-3 and the events of that movie never took place, you don't really need this question answered do you? This is what articles are now I suppose. Writing a bunch of stupid and obviously wrong things in order to get comments and page clicks.

    If you want an explanation for the current continuity here it is. The events of X-men 1 and 2 still took place, but Beast never continued his research into the anti-mutant serum. Therefore the anti-mutant serum that was the catalyst for all of the events in X-3 could never be developed. The only real issue here is Jean Gray, who must have survived the end of X-2 somehow.

  • James | June 5, 2014 2:55 PM

    Just gonna point out that in the amount of time it would take someone to sink to the bottom of a large body of water, then be discovered (I've no idea HOW, unless they maybe stole and then used those mutant power detector thing in a very rough game of cold, warmer, hot?), and then be put onto a metal gurney thing, and then be slowly lifted out of the water, you would drown. Unless, like wolverine seems to be, you are immortal, and can survive without oxygen indefinitely as well as somehow push out bits of rebar that have been curled and twisted through your body. Plus survive any bullet or ANY other wound. To accept the events of these movies, you must accept that wolverine is immortal. Which kind of takes away all the stakes and makes it rather pointless to care about him.

    Also, in the flashing forward and backward between timelines, why was it important for Kitty to keep Wolverine his past conscience for several minutes while he was underwater and not influencing the plot of the past in ANY way?

    Also this movie uses cut-scenes from X-3, so I don't think it escapes the plot holes stemming from that.

  • Ignacio | June 3, 2014 1:00 AM

    I think that is pretty clear that this movie makes the whole x men trilogy non existant (after they change the timeline), the grim future takes place after the original trilogy in which xavier died and obtained a new body via his twin and then ended in a wheelchair again. Then all the original movies never happen, because mystique saves the president.

  • Bman | June 2, 2014 1:58 PM

    Andy Pants, I appreciate your dedication to defending the franchise, but me thinks you are giving more thought into defending the timeline than the creative people put into "fixing" it.

    You want to know the secret? Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, and co. made a movie using a really popular storyline so that by the end of the film they could essentially do whatever they wanted:
    - The "First Class" roster can be in movies that take place between 1973 and the present (whatever year they were in at the end of the movie)

    - AND they can have the "current" roster (the team we see in the school at the end) do whatever present/future story lines they want to do.

    It doesn't always make sense and the truth is, it doesn't need to. If there are plot holes or giant leaps of faith for the audience who cares? It was an enjoyable (and successful) film so now they can go on and (hopefully) make other movies that are equally (if not more) enjoyable/successful.

  • Andy Pants | May 31, 2014 1:03 AM

    Very original counterpoints Richard you dumbass. How do you know how long it was? It's never stated.

    No it wasn't ABCPDO it was rectonned at the end of the film. Mystique was not killed and experimented on in the 70s in the timeline we see in the beginning of the movie. She was presumably killed and experimented on after the events of X-2.

  • Richard | May 30, 2014 4:27 PM

    Actually, your explanations are domb, wrong and cootradictory. How did Wolverine not drown in the long period of time, probably hours and certainly more than an hour) that he was underwater before being pulled out?

  • abcpdo | May 29, 2014 10:18 AM

    X-3 was ret-conned at the END of DOFP, not at the beginning of the movie. Which begs the question: if mystique was killed and experimented on in the 1970s, how is she in X1, 2, 3?

  • JayJay | May 28, 2014 8:36 PMReply

    The one about the real threat being not clear, I have a feeling it is not human at all but Bastion who controls the sentinels in the future parts, possibly a nod from the filmmakers, considering he is part sentinel and part human I believe, it is open to debate.
    On another note, I disagree with the cameos being kept to a minimum, as I got tired of both casts quite frankly, I wanted to see the new characters play a bigger role than a 1 minute cameo, like Bishop, Blink, Sunspot and Colossus as well as Rogue who barely got 10 seconds!
    I know an actors namesake gets them far but to sacrifice main characters from the comic to cater for sub-par characters from the comic being played by Emmy-award winning actors feels kinda cheap to be honest cough*Mystique*, but still it would of been nice to see other unappreciated characters play a more fulfilling role, it's the reason why the Quicksilver character was so highly praised by critics and as the highlight of the movie by many including myself...

  • CJJ | May 28, 2014 2:33 PMReply

    What?? The script was a positive?! The dialogue was so often hammy and the film wasn't remotely as tight as X-Men 2 and First Class.

  • BShuck | May 28, 2014 2:29 PMReply

    The movie itself was decent though not spectacular. The end credit sceen however, which I knew about before hand and really was looking forward to the whole time anyway, didnt disappoint and was the best part (though only slightly above Quicksilver's sceen) of the whole film. Bring on Apocolypse!

  • Josef | May 28, 2014 1:23 PMReply

    The holocaust imagery at the beginning comes from the actual comic story that the film is based on, the mutants are branded and herded into internment camps.

    Magneto's display of power at the end was to show them that the sentinels could be turned against humans by mutants and at the end of the day if he could end them all if they dared attack him with sill robots.

    Mystique listens to Charles because as we see in the scene where she is tazed she seemed pretty certain that he saw her as a lost cause. That was where we saw him appeal to her humanity.

  • Harlow | May 28, 2014 12:53 PMReply

    before writing an article and putting wtf on the end credits some comic research.

  • 420 | May 28, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    I agree if you're going to write an article about a move based on a comic book, it would help to research the comics also. Writers are getting lazy, these days....

    The movie storyline really drags on for about 90 min after all the action at the beginning, we get the most amazing scene in the movie with Quicksilver, then after that a boring snooze fest full of superhero drama, and they say The last stand was aweful....

  • yep | May 28, 2014 12:53 PM

    I agree I don't know why The last stand got so much hate... The story was so slow and dull in this movie, the action sequences were amazing and the sentinal designs were just friggin awesome, i'm strictly speaking of the story being so drawn out, they could of shaved at least 30 min off the dialogue.

  • JD | May 28, 2014 7:59 AMReply

    "the time travel methods, most likely inspired by JJ Abrams' STAR TREK".....Uh, no, they were most likely inspired by the classic X-Men storyline this was adapted from.

  • Josef | May 28, 2014 1:36 PM

    The Last Stand got so much hate because it shoe-horned two massive stories from the comic books into one film, didn't really do either of them justice and then proceeded to smash in a smattering of characters who were completely inconsequential at the end of the day. Jean Grey and Professor X had stupid deaths and were poorly portrayed Kitty Pryde, who was brilliantly cast, was just on screen to run away from the Juggernaut and get called a bitch (for the sake of referencing a lame internet meme).

    It probably would have been better had they just focused on the cure for X3 (Cyclops could have been off mourning Jean's death so they didn't have to worry about James Marsden being in Superman) and then let Singer come back with the writers of X2 to the handle the Phoenix story in X4, which based on the ideas that Michael Doughtery had for it would have been an amazing movie on its own.

    First Class is guilty of many of the same things that X3 is guilty of and both films (along with Wolverine: Origins) created the bulk of the continuity errors in the universe. First Class is just a muuuch better exercise in film making, though we lose the essence of what x-men is, a well-balanced ensemble. DOFP gives us a little more ensemble and probably the best team action sequences we have ever seen. It is also one of the better adaptations of a classic comic story.

  • Him | May 28, 2014 6:14 AMReply

    "It doesn't have to be Peter Dinklage in old age make-up" well no, it couldn't be, because HE'S DEAD, KILLED BY MYSTIQUE, which is the whole point of the time travel plot!

  • tristan eldritch | May 27, 2014 7:05 PMReply

    I don't buy some of the criticisms. For example, making Xavier the reluctant hero rather than Wolverine struck me as one of the things the film did right. Wolverine's conflicts and angst have been done to death at this point, and there is logically no reason why future Wolverine would still be conflicted anyway. As to Mystique and Magneto's motivations, the film is slightly awkward in terms of stretching what was one assassination attempt in the original comic book into two, but the characters motivations remain sensible enough. The point is that Magneto and the X-Men try to prevent the dark future by preventing the assassination of Trask, but it blows up in their faces - that future winds up appearing even more certain because of the fiasco at the Paris Peace Accord. So now Mystique wants to kill Trask because she believes that's the only way to stop the future Sentinel program, and Magneto, feeling Trask's death alone won't be enough, falls back on his normal stance of preemptive war against humanity as the only solution. The reason Mystique listens to Charles at the end is made perfectly clear - it's because for the first time in her relationship with him and Erik, one of them gives her the autonomy and respect to make her own choice. These motivations are at least more plausible than, say, Bane and Marion Cotillard Wasted as a Plot Device in The Dark Knight Rises. How is Professor X alive again? Who fu$king cares? They wanted him back, and didn't feel like losing out on Stewart for the sake of respecting the continuity of a shit sandwich like The Last Stand. Why does Magneto lift the stadium? To intimidate humanity with a impressive display of mutant power - and because it looked cool. As for the big retcon, that was just Singer's way of reclaiming a cinematic world he'd created from several years worth of lousy corporate mishandling. All in all, despite some flaws, DOFP was an excellent popcorn film - it has the light on its feet, pure entertainment vibe of The Avengers, just with a richer story, better direction, and cooler characters and performances.

  • lee | August 23, 2014 1:35 AM

    Agreed that this was a good film. It was, by any count.

    What was not good is that this was not an XMen movie. At best it was another Wolverine sequel. There are so many great characters in the XMen and most of them get cameos at the best. The XMen is a team of people, not a Wolverine showcase (as much as I like him). X2 did the best job at giving the characters equal time. This one did not- not even close. While I enjoyed the film, it's time to get back to the team.

  • evilchris23 | June 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    The movie didn't make any sense and is only a passable X-Men film because X3 and Wolverine Origins exist.

  • triguous | May 27, 2014 5:59 PMReply

    Worst: No Aaron Stanford as Pyro cameo in the new future of DOFP. That character, as well as Stanford's performance, highlight X2.

  • Orrin | May 28, 2014 9:27 AM

    Didn't he die at the end of X3?

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