The Small Things That Go A Long Way

Discussion in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' started by LEVITIKUZ, May 27, 2014.

  1. Storm22

    Storm22 Well-Known Member

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    I really liked how the scene of Professor X using Cerebro on the X jet showed how few mutants were actually left in the future. On second viewing that was a very sombre moment.
     
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  2. SkyIsBlue

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    I just like the overall feeling you get throughout the movie: nostalgia.

    I'm still watching the first trailer and I still get humongous chills. Gosh, I can't imagine the effort they put together to bring back the OT and FC cast together for this.
     
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  3. psylockolussus

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    Nostalgia is a great thing!
     
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  4. momochan

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    When Erik tells Charles that he hasn't had a drink in 10 years, it seems to be like a small dig at Charles, along the lines of 'I've been imprisoned for our cause but you've been lolling around drugging and drinking'.

    Also when Logan's bone claws come out, the sound isn't the 'snikt' or metallic twang - it's a sick, wet gurgle.

    When Charles says "You abandoned me!" to Erik, I thought that referred to FC where Charles mentions his stepfather. So Charles grew up with the awareness that he was a stepchild - who know what happened to the bio father - so you can see how he'd have some abandonment issues.

    The photo of Raven that Charles has shows her not in her true blue but her trying-to-pass appearance. So even with all the time that has passed, he may not be reconciled to her real self. (On the other hand, I don't know how you'd get film of a blue-skinned woman developed back in the 60s...)
     
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    The combination of editing-pacing-scoring-acting.

    Which, obviously are not little things. But the "little things" are that you can tell so much attention to detail was made.

    I think having Ottman be both composer and editor really helped.

    One example of all the elements coming together: the shot of Quicksiver from Magneto's perspective when he first seem him. And then Quicksilver gives that smile. Which is perfectly timed to the music and felt set up perfectly with the previous cuts.
     
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  6. Great Mind(s)

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    I like the airporty sounds of the prison camp at the beginning
     
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  7. momochan

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    I liked the way that 'violent' acts were shown with some kind of blowback - when Charles punches Erik, Charles' hand hurts. When Erik shoots at Mystique, he gets a wound on his head that needs stitches.

    Also it was interesting that Charles was acting more fatherly towards Quicksilver than Erik was. And that opportunity to be a father figure to this lost boy seemed to bring Charles back to life.

    The way that the drug oozing out of the needle looked just like honey - sweet and tempting.
     
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  8. SkyIsBlue

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    A very little thing:

    I liked how Ellen Page as Shadowcat uttered "Professor?" so weakly yet hopeful after the opening battle scene. This was the part when the scene focused on the eye of Prof. X. I don't know. There's just something about it.
     
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  9. pantiara

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    There was something that bothered me...
    In the scene where Quicksilver is about to go into super fast mode and mess everything up, he puts on his headphones... but they didn't have those clip on earphones back in the 70's, did they? They would have either been the big heavy headphones or the itty bitty in-ear earphones, wouldn't they?
     
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  10. Weather Witch

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    Actually most of the things he has were available in that time as "prototypes" which he easily could have stolen. I remember reading an article that analysed it. It wasn't 100% perfect, but close. :cwink:
     
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  11. momochan

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    I can't believe I missed it the first few times I saw the movie, but the tattoo on Erik's arm of his concentration camp number was a good touch - some directors would have focused in on it with heavyhanded music overlaid but Singer is more subtle than that.
    Now, if I instantly knew whether the actual number matched that of previous Xmen movies, *then* I'd be an uber-geek.
     
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  12. SkyIsBlue

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    Just rewatched it and...

    I like how Kitty grabs Bishop to phase through the obstacles in the opening battle. I mean, seriously, it's been sooo long since we saw the original OC Xmen in the screen with those powers.
     
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  13. psylockolussus

    psylockolussus Well-Known Mutant

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    Yeah I agree!
     
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  14. Mystique's Leg

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    Great forum!

    Small things I liked:

    - That small, short scream ('Ugh!!!') Storm gives after firing the lightning at the X-jet. Even if she was only on screen for 5 minutes, she gave it her all.
    - Like Usagicassidy said, the scoring: during sneaky Mystique as Trask, during the Storm and Magneto combo, during Colossus' big jump,... .
    - Mystique (in her human form) in the hospital. It's a short, simple and quiet scene, but I liked it. She's constantly on the move, angry and restless. This scene showcased her sadness, vulnerability and loneliness perfectly and was well-acted by Lawrence. She had a little moment to catch her breath.
    - Mystique seducing the vietnamese man in the disco. The look on her face (just before she turns to him) when she makes first contact was very Mystique-like. It reminded me of X2, where she also seduces someone in a similar way. And when in Stryker's base Storm asks if she can free the children with the control board, she also has this annoyed and irritated look on her face.
    - Kelsey Grammer returning for just a few seconds (by which Singer acknowledges the greatness of his performance, alongside Ellen Page.)
    - The sound of Mcavoy's voice when he says 'So much pain/suffering...'.
    - Sunspot blasting a sentinel even when one of his arms gets cut off.
    - The utter desperation on Blink's face when she's the last one left standing at the temple. People say Fan Bingbing was only added for power display because of her short time on screen and practically no lines, but, like Storm, she gave it her all. They really should find a way to bring her back.
     
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  15. BeastStorm98

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    I agree with all of these! Blink's final scene was heart wrenching and powerful. Her acting came through i feel even if she didnt speak, her struhgle to hold off the sentinels, then getting impaled 3 times!
     
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    - In the beginning action sequence, Warpath was the last man standing, and the courage he showed jumping at the 3 Sentinels when he knew damn well he stood no chance.

    - The look on Kitty's face when the Sentinels busted in the room in the climax. Just gut-wrenching.
     
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  17. Mystique's Leg

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    Yeah, some people would've liked seeing Wolverine, old Magneto,... trashing some sentinels, but that would've made the time-travel less urgent. There aren't a lot mainstream superhero movies where the heroes are so desperate, so scared and so outmatched by the enemy. No shimmer of victory or second wind, just dark defeat.

    In comparison, an army of Chitauri and, by the looks of it, an army of Ultron drones seem quite dull and not that menacing. The Marvel heroes are just presented too powerful and Marvel Studios rather goes for crowd-pleasing moments (which is totally ok, but can lessen the story). So I applaud Fox for putting a good story before mindless action.

    The final battle at the temple may have been a bit short, but made totally sense. And at least Storm did trashed a lot of sentinels. It made sense to attack before the sentinels reached the temple and even the order in which the heroes were killed made sense. The sentinels first went for the potentially most dangerous ones: Storm, Bishop and Magneto. Colossus and Warpath were pretty chanceless. Then Sunfire. And finally Blink, who had the best chance surviving. Most importantly, Singer captured the fear/the reactions of the heroes perfectly during this battle.
     
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  18. SkyIsBlue

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    Mystique's Leg, I agree with all of those!
     
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  19. Mysteryman

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    Wolverine walking through the metal detector at The White House and being surprised when it didn't go off.
     
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  20. SkyIsBlue

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    After watching The Rogue Cut, I would add this:

    The facial expressions of Rogue while she was holding on to Logan were in almost perfect parallel with Kitty's in the theatrical cut. Argh, love that small detail.
     
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  21. darkangel

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    Alright, I noticed a mistake while I was watching First Class and then Days of Future Past, the moment in DoFP when Charles tells the story of Mystique to Bishop, Warpath, Blink etc. when he talks about Mystique he remembers some moments with him and her like when they met and a moment in the CIA office, also theres a shot from First Class where we see Mystique but from the point of view of Beast, so it's imposible for professor to remember that moment. Then we see her killing Trask (which Xavier could have read from her mind in past, that's how he knows the whole story detail by detail) but why that random Hank-Raven moment. Ok, that's all.
     
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