This seems to happen again and again with these summer 2014 blockbusters – riveting while you’re viewing the film, but afterward, skepticism ensues. I will say that of the recent blockbusters I’ve seen, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla, I found the latest X-Men installment to be the most enjoyable. On top of being a simply more entertaining film, X-Men: Days of Future Past advocates a more ethical world order, while the other two movies seemed socially irresponsible at times (to hear more about these problems, check out the Vox44 podcast episodes on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla).
In fact, X-Men has many commendable values on its mind, from championing LGBTQ rights to potentially disavowing drones, to tasking each and everyone one of us with social responsibility. The problem with having such a large agenda is that it’s more than one film can reasonably handle. Consequently, X-Men fails to evolve any of its arguments or send any message that makes a lasting impact on its audience. This film would have perhaps been better had it limited the scope of its agenda in order to flesh out what it wanted to say.
To hear more about X-Men’s shortcomings, check out the latest episode of the Vox44 podcast. Housed at the online culture magazine Vannevar, Vox44 is a new podcast in which I discuss the latest in pop culture with my fellow Vannevar contributors.