This year I haven’t watched many movies. I think I reiterated in a previous review (for the God’s Not Dead soundtrack on CMZ) that recently I have tended to watch more TV shows, partially due to character development, and partially due to convenience.
Well now, this trailer of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, a direct sequel to both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: The Last Stand, is one film that I do not want to miss! Watch it here below.
There’s been an unspoken friendly competition between movie lovers of both DC and Marvel comic’s films, as they openly speak about reasons why one set of films are better than the other set. In my opinion though, Marvel wins currently, in terms of having films that are both relatable and enjoyable, mostly due to the extensively thought out Marvel Cinematic Universe that was set up during 2008 with the first Iron Man film, and extended through to the most recent instalment of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and the TV series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Add to the fact that the X-Men franchise and the Spiderman franchise are Marvel as well, and there’s a pretty formidable line up. DC Comic films are also good, however the fact that the upcoming X Men film derives itself from Marvel is not the most important reason why I’m watching X-Men: Days Of Future Past come May 22nd.
While the X-Men film series has been in my life since 2000, and has been nostalgic and sentimental because of my fond memories of the films throughout my teenage years; the film also speaks about the concepts of good defeating evil, friendship, strength, determination, camaraderie, loyalty, unconditional love and sacrifice. All of these qualities and characteristics are present when I think about my relationship with Jesus and other fellow Christians. And even though the X-Men films have not prompted me to think about Jesus’ sacrifice for me directly, I think on hindsight, on a deeper analysis, that part of the reason why the X-Men films resonate with me so much is due to some of the main characters (such as Wolverine, Xavier, Storm) exhibiting qualities that remind me of Jesus, Christianity and the fact that His love is higher, wider, deeper and longer than I could ever imagine. In this film we also have Xavier and Magneto, two sworn enemies but also childhood friends, working together for the sake of mankind- this shows us the characteristics and qualities of unwavering love, forgiveness, redemption, and being given a second chance.
We all have fallen short of God’s glory, we all should have died when Adam and Eve ate the apple on the tree in the Garden of Eden. However Jesus’ mercy and unconditional love was on display when he was on the cross that day, and because of His death and resurrection, we are no longer sinners, but we are heirs, we are children of God. Everyone has been forgiven of all things that they’ve done or are still yet to do, and that thought still boggles my mind; and I am eternally grateful.
So as X-Men: Days Of Future Past either intentionally or unintentionally reminds us of the living, breathing gospel of Jesus Christ, highlighting to us themes of unending love, for every person in the world, as well as fellowship, brotherhood and family (notions we as brothers and sisters in Christ should adopt towards each other); let’s go to watch the film. Not just because we’ve seen the other Marvel films and we want to complete the set, and not just to see the star-studded cast that could have been nominated for Oscars if this were released in October; but for the allusions to themes that Christ agrees with and qualities Jesus shows us in His life as well. Who knows, the topic of changing the past and wishing to fix your regrets may open up a door to a conversation about Christianity with a non-believer.
Are you going to watch the film at the cinemas? If so, then what would be primary reason be? Let us know below.