Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Trailer Analysis: Fighting for The Future in X-Men Days of Future Past


Wolverine had his second solo film this year, but the film that many were  looking towards to was the seventh installment in the Marvel franchise: X-Men:Days of Future Past. For months, anticipation for this film has been building; but now, we have our first look at the film. The first trailer hit the web today, and it was a sight to behold; but not in the way that you would imagine. How might you ask? Well to find out, we will have to jump into The Trailer Analysis for X-Men:Days of Future Past.

The Passage of Time:

Time is definitely a major point for Days of Future Past; in more ways then you think. As soon as the trailer roles, we can tell that something is different. Not only are the X-Men wearing new outfits, but long time enemy Magneto is with them as well. When did this happen? Well apparently sometime before the film's story as Days of Future Past takes place years after The Last Stand and The Wolverine. The same thing goes for the First Class' time period as younger mutants are dealing with things in the 70's.

Rather then feeling like a direct sequel, Days of Future Past looks to be throwing us into two newly developed worlds. As much we may wonder where certain characters are or when young Professor X (James McAvoy) built Cerebro, it may not matter due to the conflict presented in the plot.

The Unknown Enemy:

Whether you've been following the movies development, or you read the comic, then you know that we will be seeing The Sentinels in this upcoming film. While these mechanical villains are going to play a role in the film, the only thing we see of the Sentinels in this preview is their creator, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). To some fans, this might be a let down, however I think it's brilliant. We know that the Sentinels are there, but we don't see them. All have to go with is the atmosphere these machines are creating, and I think that plays a bigger impact then spoiling there scenes in the first trailer. 

Old Faces and Some New Ones:

Fans will be pleased that  many of the old characters are featured in this trailer. We see a bearded Ice-Man(Shawn Ashmore) as well as Rogue (Anna Paquin). Even Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) makes an appearance. As fun as it was to see the old characters, you just know that some new mutants would emerge in this  film. We got a quick look at Bishop (Omar Sy), Warpath (Booboo Stewart) and Blink(Fan Bingbing); who's screen time is still to be determined.  Having too many mutants has been a problem in the past for the series. However, for the time being, the cast of Days of Future Past looks great. From Wolverine to Blink, this blockbuster looks to have one major cast.

Simplicity:

Rather then having this massive trailer full of explosions and big-time effects, this teaser took a different path and was very subtle. This was unexpected. When you think of X-Men, you think the preview would showcase the film's big time moments. Instead, the trailers insinuates on the size of the plot. This was a great move. I think it shows viewers that while we want to see the X-Men at war with the Sentinels, the most important thing is the plot. Plus, if you are upset that we didn't see any big-time action scenes, there's always the full trailer.  

Fight For The Future:

While time travel is prominent in Days of Future Past,  what I felt the trailer showed off was the theme of the future. The X-Men are trying to fight for their future, Trask wants to build the future and young Xavier wants to determine is own future. I felt this idea stood out in the preview and I am sure it will play a major role in the film; and you will no complaints from me.


There are so many things you can find in the trailer to X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is hard to list them all. Needless to say, if this preview is any indication, then the seventh installment to X-Men might be one heck of a film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014.