X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Well that about wraps up everything. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" didn't happen since a young Stryker turns up here in completely the wrong place. And even "The Wolverine" didn't happen since Wolverine still has his metal claws in the future. In case anyone is wondering, Xavier switched minds with his identical twin. It's vaguely shown in the after-credits sequence for "X-Men 3: The Last Stand", so that clears that up. The only thing that doesn't seem to have been tied up properly is that in the original trilogy Xavier claims he met Erik when he was 17. Oh well, they can't tidy up EVERYTHING.
Considering how well everything is tidied up, this is a pretty remarkable script. Some credit clearly needs to be given to Jane Goldman who has worked as a writer on most of Matthew Vaughn's movies and was involved in initial work on the story for Days of Future Past before Simon Kinberg took on the heavy lifting. Kinberg has clearly grown as a writer since working on "X-Men 3: The Last Stand". And it should be noted that his projects, while not generally perfect, are very often good fun. (And on the poorly received "This Means War" Kinberg was one of two writers, with the horrendous McG of "Terminator Salvation" fame holding creative control.)
Still, in the opening to "Days of Future Past" I felt we were still a little bit stuck in "The Last Stand" style of storytelling. There's some voiceover narration to bridge the gap to our apocalyptic future, then a confusing but spectacular action sequence, and finally some out-and-out exposition to explain the action sequence and to set up the main plot of the movie. It's all a little awkward. But thankfully the rest of the film more than makes up for the convoluted set-up scenes.
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