The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted this morning, so realistically by now you’ve probably seen it. From what I can gather, the overwhelming feedback is complaints about the lack of special effects (already explained by director Bryan Singer– they’re not done yet so he didn’t want to show them)… however what I found most bizarre about this teaser is the sense of pedigree they’re trying to sell.
Between the orchestral music (a straight lift from Sunshine) and the “From the Director of Usual Suspects” line, Fox is clearly trying to sell their new mutant super hero movie as something with a lot of gravitas.
As for the footage itself, well, it’s too early to tell for me. I’m going into this movie with the bad taste in my mouth that Wolverine shouldn’t be the X-Man to travel back in time to prevent the bleak future on display here… but Hugh Jackman will obvious move more units at the box office and on toy shelves than Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, so the suits can have their win on that, while I try to keep an open mind.
But everything here just seems hollow right now– there’s SO many characters on display here, from the two returning casts, to the cameos which I am sure we have not seen the end of. It’s going to take a serious juggling act to not have this movie tip over under the weight of its own star power, and I really hope Singer is up for the job.
The tagline they’re pushing here revolves around the idea of hope, and I get the feeling that reference is intentionally meta, meant for the jilted X-fans world over as much as the story being told. While nothing in this trailer rocked my world half as much as last week’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer did, I’m also not ready to write this one off.
Yes, at this point there’s been more misses than hits in Fox’s X-films, but they’ve surprised me before– I went in to the theater for the original X-Men and First Class, fully expecting to hate both movies, and walked out pleasantly surprised. I’m hoping Days of Future Past can do the same.