Eh. I want to like this movie. I really do. Technically everything works. The acting is good. The special effects aren’t overpowering. The story is compelling. Overall it just failed to connect. It fails because the Days of Future Past story is too big for one movie.
The plot points that are most poignant are passed over too quickly. There’s the reconciliation between Professor Xavier and Magneto. Bridging that gap could be a movie in itself. There’s the pain and suffering of the dark future, everything that’s been lost on both sides, that’s merely hinted at. Most unsatisfying is how easily the paranoia of “us versus them” are changed, considering this is Nixon’s 70s. None of these are insurmountable as far as the overall story is concerned, just highly unsatisfying when crammed into a 2 hour movie.
And that’s not to mention the usual deus ex machina that comes with movies involving super powers and time travel. Not nit-picky Comic Book Nerd gripes (I’m not even getting into any comparisons with how well/horrible this is compared to the comics). I’m talking about some of the things Magneto is able to do which has nothing to do with his power. This could probably be overlooked if the story was more engaging, but since it’s not it’s just one more thing to add to the gripe pile.
There is a bit of comic relief, which I’ll not spoil, which is fun. Again, it doesn’t help the movie resonate with the gravity of the story, but it was entertaining. That’s not saying much, is it? Exactly. And that’s pretty much X-Men: Days of Future Past.