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If you don’t know me or follow my ramblings, then know I am a loooooong time X-men comic fanboy. I have enjoyed and suffered through all the films to date. I now have watched Days of Future Past and have let it sink in a bit.
A quick look back first……
X-Men was a good beginning for the franchise
X-Men 2 was a great second film.
X-Men 3 was a pile of garbage! It was all but the death of the franchise.
X-men Origin: Wolverine was a train wreck of a Wolverine story.
X-Men: First Class was two short films mashed together. The first being a fantastic Magneto/Xavier origin buddy background tale. The second, an abysmal attempt at an X-Men team building, mutant pride, wyrd love triangle between Magneto/Mystique/Xavier and an attempt at mashing in all sorts of other X-Men stuff in the 60’s.
The Wolverine tried to steer the old Canuckle-head straight again, only to set it in Japan and I’m no fan of those Wolverine tales (well it was better than Madripoor I guess). Still it was a pretty meh! film and only descent when compared to the few preceding movies.
This being said, I walked into Day of Future Past with very low expectations. Why go then? Well moral imperative for one. I’m a fan of the merry band of mutants and I’ll follow them. Second, I have suffered through countless bad comic story arcs. What is another bad film in comparison? I mean they haven’t bothered with the drek that is the Phalanx, Onslaught, the Shi-ar or anything in X-Men space, Nimrod, the Goblin Queen, the Acolytes, anything with Stryfe/Cable or…ick…the Savage Land. The films aren’t at the level of bad yet. Plus there are sentinels and I had to see this classic villain on screen. This is also supposed to shore up the continuity problems with the mutant films. Finally, it is the return of Bryan Singer who gave us the first two films and he did fine with them. I could only hope it wouldn’t be as bad as his take on Superman.