Root Beer Film Festival: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here are the last four movies I have watched in a theatre: Man of Steel, The Avengers, Django Unchained, and Iron Man 2. All four I watched alone with strangers, and this morning was no different when I entered a darkened theatre at 10:25 with my overpriced popcorn and Mug root beer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“Days of Future Past” is one of the quintessential X-Men stories created by a classic X-Men creator line-up of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin. The two issue story involves Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat traveling back in time to stop Mystique from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly, and starting a war between mutants and humans. The movie shifts this story around a bit to feature the more popular Wolverine, but the basics are the same.

I am a big fan of X-Men: First Class and was somewhat disappointed that director Matthew Vaughn would not be returning to Days of Future Past, but thankfully Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy did return as Magneto and Xavier.

I would love to write a ton of words about Days of Future Past. I liked it, but thought it had some flaws. To same time here are my five favorite things (in no particular order) in Days of Future Past because lists are easier:

I guess you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because I was really expecting to hate Quicksilver based on his costume alone. And then I noticed the Pink Floyd shirt, and then I saw a really fun performance by Evan Peters, and Quicksilver quickly (pun intended?) grew on me. Sadly, he didn’t have enough screen time, but that time was the comic relief and filled with a couple of neat little easter eggs for comic fans. The bar has been set kind of high for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver when he appears next summer in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Hugh Jackman
Did you know they originally cast Dougray Scott as Wolverine for X-Men? Dougray. Scott. Jackman has portrayed the Canadian mutant in seven movies now, and I can’t really picture anyone else playing him. He may be too tall, Australian, and possibly too handsome, but he has been pretty great in all seven appearances (which can’t be said about the movies themselves). He even makes that stupid haircut work somehow. Could Dougray Scott have done that?

I’m not going to spoil anything, but I liked this subplot that they obviously did not have time to venture into. It was about five minutes of the movie. Thankfully the producers created a neat website to fill us in on some of the details.

Post-Credits Scene

I have been watching the credits of movies for years. Even before the current trend started I was sitting (usually alone) watching the names of every gaffer and design producer scroll by. Two movies are the cause of this: Hot Shots! and Wayne’s World. Both had post-credits scenes, and I figured I never wanted to miss one of those again. Anyway, a lot has been made of the post-credit scene involving Apocalypse because no one knows who he is…well he’s Apocalypse and it appears he has four friends on horseback.

Michael Fassbender
Can we get a Magneto solo movie? I just want to watch two hours of Fassbender bending metal, being cool, reconnecting with other mutants (maybe a son or daughter?) and kicking anti-mutant ass. Is this too much to ask?

Days of Future Past was good not great. I have a lot of questions, but I also am happy that it sort of rebooted everything after X-Men: Last Stand. The franchise is going to continue moving 10 years into the future with X-Men: Apocalypse which will take place in the 1980’s and be released in 2016.

Root Beer Bulletin – I thought the “letters” section needed a name.

What’s your rating scale? Is it how many root beers you would give a movie? Are you rating the root beer too? – Kat from Whitmore Lake
Hey! A real not made up question everyone! I don’t think I have a ratings scale. I’m a terrible reviewer. It’s either good or bad or meh. I have problems expressing what it is I like or dislike about things, so I’m terrible at parties. Maybe I’ll list the movies in order of enjoyment when I’m done. I’ll do that with the root beer too.

What are you wearing right now? And what are you doing? – Murray from Richmond
Thanks for the question Murray. I am wearing a Captain America t-shirt and shorts. I am watching the French Open because I enjoy watching tennis. Also, I am answering your question.

Movies watched: 3 (Moonrise Kingdom, Bronson, X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Root Beers consumed: 3 (Stewart’s, Brownie, Mug)

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