When [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) was released in theaters last year, I was surprised just by how great it really was. Fast forward a few months later and I’d pick it up on bluray, this was before I knew about The Rogue Cut; had I known then I would’ve just waited. Singer and Fox were promising fans that the extended cut would contain plenty of new footage to chew on that wasn’t included in the theatrical version.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is the sequel to the 2011 prequel, X-Men: First Class which was directed by Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn was originally to come back for the sequel but was unable to and had to drop out, that’s when Bryan Singer came back to the beloved franchise. Singer had directed the first two X-Men films before going on to direct the 2006 film, Superman Returns which proved to be unsuccessful for him. I was hesitant with Singer coming back to the franchise because since X-Men: United, the guy hadn’t done anything that I would considered good and I was worried that he’d lost his touch. Turns out that Singer was more than ready for the job and proved that he’s the right man for the X-Men franchise, this is Singer’s franchise and it shows.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past tells the story of the X-Men and how they must cope with fighting the Sentinels which are robots that are bent on taking out all of the mutants, they were created by Bolivar Trask who is played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage in the film. The film is based on the comic book storyline of the same, I don’t know too much about the comic book itself but I’m planning on reading it at some point. Fans of the franchise would be delighted to know that this is easily the strongest and best film in the franchise to date, it fixes all of the mistakes of a certain X-Men film. We have a great story here that proves to be a much stronger story then the previous X-Men films, not to mention this is easily one of the best comic book films of all time; it does everything right. The characters in the film were developed and distinct enough that you’d remember them, save for a few that was probably due to the running time and having to cut out so much. The Rogue Cut doesn’t really fix that with the exception of Rogue herself but it’s not to much of a problem, certainly not something that takes away from the film; you can get past it easily.
The acting in the film is exactly what you’d expect from an X-Men film that combines both new and familiar faces, everyone does a tremendous job. You have James McAvoy as young Charles Xavier who is clearly distraught at the beginning of the film, Xavier is not the person we know. He’s clearly having trouble trying to cope with the fact that everyone has left him, including Raven; Raven is off doing her own thing. Enter Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to help get Xavier back to himself, though it does take a bit of time as initially Xavier wants nothing to do with it. Wolverine was sent back in time to stop everything from happening in the future, to stop the Sentinels from wiping out all of the mutants and possibly mankind with it. Jackman once again proves that he is Wolverine and that he owns the role in a way that nobody else can, it’ll be a shame when he retires and leaves the role for good. You of course also have Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as older Charles Xavier and Magneto respectively, both doing a great job in their roles.
The action in the film is well shot and is compelling enough that it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, the best action sequences in any X-Men film. There’s never a moment in the film where the CGI looks to cartoony or fake, it’s some of the best you’ll see in any film and is on par with some of the best. As a superhero film, Days Of Future Past has plenty to offer in the action department that’s never disappointing; it has a scene where young Magneto lifts a stadium up with his powers. There’s never any shaky cam during the movie that’ll make you nauseous, it’s a well crafted film with Singer taking his time and not rushing any of the action.
The score for the film is beautiful and haunting at the same time, it ranges from a mix emotions that you wouldn’t expect from a film like this. John Ottman who composed the scores for the second X-Men film returns to deliver another grand score, proving that he is a great composer who knows how to work. Ottman even brings back the iconic theme from the second film in what could be considered a wink for the fans, hearing the theme again brought back memories for me and sent chills down my spine. There’s a few tracks that stand out during the film such as “Do What You Were Made For”, such an outstanding composition that deserves praise.
Now onto the brand new cut of the film itself, The Rogue Cut was something that I’d had been waiting for since it was originally announced. I was excited for it because I wanted to see all of the things that were cut from the theatrical released film, everything we didn’t get to see in the final version. This is the definitive version of the film because it not only makes the film better but it adds to it, it’s nothing too major but it’s enough to justify going out and buying the film again for the extended cut. The biggest change being that Rogue’s scenes are re added into the movie, though she doesn’t appear until about an hour and half in; though there are still some changes along the way. Spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched the new cut yet, there’s a particular scene that really adds to the film that should've been kept in the theatrical version; it’s when older Magneto and Iceman go to rescue Rogue who appears to be unconscious. During their way out of Xavier’s mansion, they are attacked by a few Sentinels in what is one of the best action sequences in any action film. These Sentinels are unrelentless and keep attacking them, they managed to kill Iceman in what is actually a sad scene for a film like this; war after all always has a price.
The Rogue Cut is the version of the film that you should get if you’re a huge fan of the franchise or superhero films in general. It adds little to the film but makes the experience even better and more worthwhile, in a way it changes the film and makes it a bit different than what we got in theaters.