Monday, January 25, 2016

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut

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X-Men:  Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut – 5 out of 5

I know, I know, loyal reader.  I already reviewed X-Men:  Days of Future Past when I saw it in the theater in the summer of 2014 and I sang its praises about how awesome it was and how cool it was to have Bryan Singer once again at the helm of an X-film.  However, recently I purchased The Rogue Cut on Blu-Ray and decided to watch it back-to-back with the Theatrical Cut of the film.  I wanted to see what was different and whether or not this is a more definitive version of the story—and then I decided to would review it because that’s just what I do.

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It's on my bucket list to hug Ian McKellen.  Get ready, Ian, because it's going
to happen and it's going to be awesome!

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Hey look!  It's Rogue!
In the future, mutant kind is at risk of extinction after deadly robot Sentinels run wild and hunt all mutants.  In a last ditch effort to save their kind, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) use the powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send the consciousness of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) into his younger body in the 70s.  In that time, he will seek out a younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and get them to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating the man who creates the Sentinels; Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).  However, along the way Kitty is hurt and doesn’t have the strength to keep Wolverine in the past and the team must rescue the power-stealing mutant Rogue (Anna Paquin) to help finish the job before the Sentinels descend on them and kill them, preserving a world where mutants are hunted like animals.

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Michael Fassbender contains a of level of cool that is impossible for a mortal like
me to ever achieve.

In this cut of the film, everything that makes Days of Future Past so awesome that I completely forget that Brett Ratner nearly killed this franchise with X-Men:  The Last Stand (although, I will always say how awesome Kelsey Grammar was as Beast) is still here.  It's all still here in this awesome adaptation of the classic comic book storyline:  The great acting, the killer special effects and, of course, Evan Peters stealing the film as Quicksilver and that endlessly amusing and fantastic scene in the Pentagon kitchen set to “Time in a Bottle.”  However, this cut of the film isn’t just a mad-dash for extra cash and something to convince fans to buy another copy of the film by adding a quick one-minute scene of Rogue—No, this is much more and it might actually be a better version of an already awesome film!

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Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite moments in all of comic book movie history.

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Blink must be really good at Portal.
Most notable about The Rogue Cut is how it changes the third act of the film with the inclusion of Rogue.  This results in a new and very exciting action sequence where they rescue Rogue from Charles Xavier’s school (which is now occupied by the Anti-Mutant agenda).  This scene is edited together with the scene from the Theatrical Cut of Magneto going to reclaim his helmet and it makes for a nice parallel to the rescue and makes the already cool scene of Erik getting his gear that much cooler.  This new cut may change when a certain character in the future dies but it also allows characters like Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Blink (Bingbing Fan), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Bishop (Omar Sy) get a few more lines of dialogue when they are coming up with the plan to send Wolvie back in time and that results in making the whole journey and adventure have a greater sense of weight to it and how truly important it is that they succeed…and also how deep the risks truly are.

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I'm not going to make a joke here but rather talk about how cool Sunspot looks in the film.

The Rogue Cut also offers up some new gags—including a fun mid-credit sequence with Peter Dinklage— and some fun fan service by offering up a hint that Quicksilver’s sister; Scarlet Witch, was around the whole time but off-screen in her room upstairs in the Maximoff household.   Occasionally, these new or alternate scenes can slow the film down—like an additional scene where Mystique shows up at the X-mansion—but, even then, the slowdown isn’t that bad or distracting enough to harm the film.  There’s also times when edits in the Theatrical Cut can come off awkward but this is only noticeable if you watch The Rogue Cut first and know that the scene was originally meant to go longer.  This is ultimately balanced though because there are scenes that just feel stronger in TRC than in the original edit.

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The movie did a great job of showing the unbridled passion that pretty much defined
the character of Beast in the comics.

Overall, The Rogue Cut of X-Men:  Days of Future Past is pretty freakin’ rad—yes, I just said “rad.”  The original film is already amazing as it not only helped bring back the X-films as a legitimate superhero franchise (something that was started by X-Men:  First Class—look, X3 did a lot of damage) but it also did something cool by combining the old films' cast with the prequel cast in a marriage of amazing (and plot holes and continuity errors—as good as this franchise is, there’s a lot of plot holes in it).  Is The Rogue Cut better?  That’s hard to say because that sort of thing is really just personal preference.  The Theatrical Cut is already amazing beyond amazing but, from a personal standpoint, The Rogue Cut is my preferred version of the film.

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