Who knew that the world was nearly destroyed in nineteen seventy-three? Yes, we were involved in Vietnam War, and the chaos of the sixties was over, but in the latest X-men movie, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, goes back in time to stop Mystic, Jennifer Lawrence from killing businessman, Trask, Peter Dinklage who is set to unleash sentinels that would wage war against the mutants and mankind. It turns out the seventies were even more exciting than all of us knew.
“X-men: Days of future past” while asks us to suspend belief and go into a world where mutants exist, struggling for acceptance against the humans who would destroy them, and the machines they would create to do so. Yet, the underlying theme in all the X-men movies is not showing off special effects (no matter how awesome they are), but about primarily how society views those who are deemed ‘abnormal’ and by whose standards are these differences weighed?
One could equate the X-men for instance to the LGBT community and their endeavors to be seen and accepted, or the ongoing racial inequities that still plague this nation. These questions about tolerance for those who are seen as outside the human race underpin the entire series as a whole and give what would otherwise be a special effects smorgasbord the breadth and depth that has hooked generations of X-men fans throughout the years.
The film does suffer at times from the fact that they invented new powers for some characters specifically to push the plot along (Who knew that Kitty Pride had the ability to send consciousness to an alternate time period with just the touch of her hands?) and while Quick Silver is extremely funny his power level makes him almost invincible. However, the film needed more humor and not less.
Humor is an essential ingredient in both dramas and action based films, because it helps to move the plot along, and gives audiences a breather from the tension within the story line. The theme in “X-men” is far-reaching in a world in which ideas of what is normal and what is acceptable are evolving to include not just those things which are part of our own personal experience, but also those things which are not.