Another Day, Another Uninspiring X-MEN Trailer

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
It's at the minute and fifty second mark of the latest trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past that the trailer gods were kind enough to make explicit what had been bothering me about it until that point. That's the point, you see, where the music begins to flagrantly nick from Clint Mansell's Requiem For A Dream score, aiming to achieve the same epic feel through imitation but not simply not executing it nearly as well.

And that's the problem with the trailer as a whole. Yes, it's an improvement from the first efforts though it is still far from shaking the hyper melodramatic soap opera trappings. But the improvements are all nicked from other, seemingly better, movies with the execution a significant step back from the quality of what they're aping. Woof. Between this and the new Spider-Man flick it appears that the summer is going to be cluttered with substandard super hero fare. And it's a shame to see Days Of Future Past give back the goodwill won by the best-in-franchise First Class. Check the trailer below.
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  • billydaking

    Gotta completely disagree with Todd. This trailer got me interested an X-Men for the first time since X-Men 2. Unlike the Amazing Spider-Man trailer, which just confirmed my worst fears for the direction of that franchise.

    Bland? Melodramatic? I do not they mean what you think they mean.

  • Heh. Just watched Princess Bride with the kids. Still amazing.

  • RoboticPlague

    The sentinels look like crap.

  • Fistacuffs

    You really didn't like this trailer? I loved it!

  • Really, really.

  • Zeto

    Another not so subliminal image of 9/11?

  • Ard Vijn

    To be honest I haven't seen anything yet which cripples this film. I also didn't see anything to get excited about, but that was true for FIRST CLASS as well and that turned out nicely. My stance is that I'm not holding my breath, but are keeping my fingers crossed.

  • billydaking

    To be honest, I think that's the biggest problem I have with Todd's take on these trailers. Everything he has said about them could also be said of the First Class trailers.

  • Rick

    This writer seem more concerned with the presentation of the trailer than with the actual content of the film. I think the bigger story here is what's in the trailer, and not how it's edited. Looks like pretty exciting stuff to me.

  • Oh, it's not the editing. This is by far the best edited trailer they've done for this film so far. It's the footage. Which is bland, melodramatic, and hugely derivative.

    First Class was a big step forward for the X franchise. So far all the footage released from Future Past makes it look like an even bigger step backward.

  • MementoMoriarty

    I lost interest in this the moment it was confirmed that Brian Vaughan wasn't involved. First Class had its fair share of issues but overall I was impressed with McAvoy, Fassbender and the director's keen sense of action choreography. For the first time in the series I felt like I was watching the X-Men the way I always imagined reading those comics as a kid. The mutant action was kinetic and they behaved like a proper team, a fact I always found lacking in Singer's films. Although I don't think this looks awful I also didn't feel my pulse rise watching it. I'll reserve judgment until I see the final product but my expectations are pretty low.

  • MrRocking

    With less dialogue, superior shot choices and tonally sharper music, the First Class trailer left me curious. This feels over laden and by the numbers.

    It's not superhero fatigue. It's trailer fatigue. Tell me less. Context, stakes, style then GTFO.

  • Totally not superhero fatigue, agreed. The Captain America trailers and - particularly - Guardians of the Galaxy both look pretty great.

  • Rick

    Todd,
    Agree to disagree I guess. I found it anything but bland. And I don't understand what it is derivative of. I mean yes we've seen other superhero movies and yes weve seen other time-travel movies. But we've never seen both genres together, and in the style of an "in-betweenquel". I can maybe see it seeming "melodramatic", but that's not the kind of thing you can accurately judge from a 2 minute trailer.

  • Hey, different strokes. I'm good with that and totally happy for anything to find its audience.

  • jacklaughing

    First Class was a huge step forward if you want the X-men franchise mired in Austin Powers-level camp. It's amazing how easily fanboys like yourself have forgotten about X2 in favor of a Vaughn's weak attempt to make the X-men world more hip. The film was well-cast, but offered nothing new from the previous installments beyond implying that Xavier was once a playboy. But throw in some juvenile titillation and some groovy songs and you kids are all over. Sad.

  • I rate X2 just behind First Class. And, honestly, that's a big part of why I'm so disappointed in this. The first two X movies were the gold standard in hero stuff for a good while there and this does not strike me as living up to the standard Singer set there at all. Also, not even remotely a kid.

  • ToryK

    I don't think Todd's really the "fanboy" type...

    Having said that, I agree with you as far as X2 goes. I'd probably rate First Class third or fourth-best out of the whole shebang, but I definitely dug it. Tonally, The Wolverine's been the best thing so far.

  • Rick

    Agree to disagree I guess. I found it anything but bland. And I don't understand what it is derivative of, other than the Days of Future Past source material? "Melodramtic" maybe, but it's hard to tell that from a 2 and a half minute trailer.

  • Tender Branson

    I think Peter Dinklage might be the tallest person in the cast!

  • I just hope they haven't wasted him.

  • mtertainment

    For a second I thought you said waisted...which would have been hilarious

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