Originally posted by: Lifetime74
Ok, so I liked this, but it also pissed me off. It definitely was good, but there is an argument to be made that the choice of which X-men comics to produce as films over the past 17 years has been awful and has consistently fucked the franchise and the comics, even when they resulted in decent films. They definitely don't seem like they were ever chosen by an actual X-men fan. With so many amazing stories to choose from, it boggles the mind how crap like The Last Stand ever got made, and the fact that Singer called Days of Future Past a reset only makes the point more strongly. Weren't they supposed to do a bunch of standalone films - I remember hearing about a Juggernaut film, Jubilee, Gambit, Sinister; any of those would have been way better than half of the crap that went to screen. Hell, if they had just done live action versions of the cartoons, that would have been a thousand times better than all the films.
This movie is the second conscious or unconscious attempt to suicide the franchise after Last Stand, except that this one totally kicks the wind out of the entire franchise and will stick, because it actually is a good film. I don't think the folks at Marvel's film division fully grasp the fact that films exist in a single universe, unlike comics which can be completely contradictory with one another. And now without Wolverine and Xavier, there's really nothing in the X-men universe but retarded, redundant, allegorical, soapy melodramas about being 'different', and the same was actually always kind of true of the comics. Wolverine gave the comics balls, and Xavier gave them some semblance of intelligent sci-fi narrative. Now for the vast majority of viewers who only know the films, they will have neither.
This is a decent story, but it could easily have waited a few more years and about a dozen more films with Wolverine and Xavier in minor roles, so maybe ego was an issue. I get that Jackman wanted out, but maybe someone needed to sit him down and tell him what a big douche he was being and that no one gives a shit about any of the other shit films he makes, and certainly not his embarrassing ventures into musical theater. This was the one character he did really well, and anyone they try to cast for it in the future when they realize how much they fucked up will ring hollow in his shadow. Patrick Stewart loved the role and didn't want out but went along with it because he liked the script and wanted to work with Jackman again. James McAvoy isn't bad as young Xavier, but he's no Patrick Stewart and never will be. After that last wet fart of a film with him in the part, it's clear how much Stewart anchored the role even when he wasn't around.
So, double fucked for the price of one.