Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Rogue Cut Doesn’t Change Anything Significant
Title: X-Men: Days of Future Fast – Rogue Cut
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Gioldman (story), Simon Kinberg (story), and Matthew Vaughn (story)
Principal Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen
Summary: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
It was during the marketing for the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past that the rumors began to fly. The movie was promoting so many characters that it was impossible for any of them to have more than five minutes total screen time. Director Bryan Singer revealed that the character of Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, had been almost entirely cut from the movie. This didn’t really make a lot of sense considering what a large role Rogue had played in the previous movies, and that she was given her own Entertainment Weekly cover and featured in the trailer. Not long after the release of the movie Singer revealed that the alternate cut of the movie featuring Rogue’s scenes would be released. I was invited to a theatrical screening of that movie during San Diego Comic Con.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut might add some scenes that were missing, but the extra seventeen minutes don’t solve any of the major plot holes that brought down the original cut.
One of the main complaints about Days of Future Past is that they didn’t spend enough time in the future with the characters from the first three movies. The Rogue Cut does fix this but only a little. There are a few more scenes at the very beginning of the movie so characters like Blink (Bingbing Fan) actually have an extra line or two, but for the first half of the movie almost nothing changes. It’s not until Kitty is injured that Bobby magically decides that “oh yeah, I totally know where Rogue is.” If I wasn’t aware that this was the original cut I would be inclined to think that this was shoehorned in as an excuse to get Rogue in the movie. Story wise it hardly changes anything aside from her presence and someone dying earlier.
I can see why this scene was cut because of the extra seventeen minutes. The pacing of the movie is much more sluggish and I could tell that people around me were getting antsy. The things that made the first edition good are still there; the moments between Xavier and Magneto are still like something out of a romance novel and the action scenes are still really well done. There is still not enough Blink and I’m still not completely sold on Evan Peters as Quicksilver, but the potential for this new timeline is still interesting and fun. I wanted more of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender yelling at each while looking like they are about to start making out. The fact that they describe their relationship as a love story is one of my favorite parts of this series
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut doesn’t change the movie in a fundamental way like it does with other director’s cuts. It adds a character that is fundamental to the series in a very superficial way and changes a few events. It’s not the life changing edit that it is being made out to be, but it’s still a good movie that is worth a look.