X-Men

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

First off, the original cut by itself, is amazing, the best x-men movie to date, it has everything, from drama, to hilarious moments and exciting action sequences that leave the viewer in awe.

We are used to Hugh Jackman being the lead in the X-men movies, and that is again the case, as he leads the gang in the quest of survival and of course delivers as he only can.  Furthermore it was really great to see the original cast and the First Class cast together, a humongous ensemble in a humongous blockbuster.

The presence of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, even for a limited amount of time, takes the movie to a different level, both because we are used to seeing them in their roles as Professor Xavier and Magneto respectively but also because they are respected legends of the business.  Moreover it was great to see the contrast between the older aforementioned characters next to their younger selves portrayed by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, something that is enhanced by the Rogue Cut (there is a sequence when the movie interchanges setting).

Bryan Singer really takes the franchise to a different standard with this installment.  There isn’t a moment that is dull or uninteresting.  With truly engaging storytelling, impeccable performances required by the complex and dynamic characters, stunning visual and sound effects that bring everything to life.

The “rogue cut”, is probably what they had in mind to release in the first place, however due to the movie being too long, they decided to cut the sequence involving Rogue and probably rightly so.  It’s not that it feels out of place or anything, but it just doesn’t add anything new to the story other than Rogue and a few more action scenes.

8/10

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Movie Review-Avengers: Age of Ultron

The movie is an example of how a good narrative and a good script can make a huge difference, instead of using the most stupid of excuses and weak story to build a movie on (See: The Avengers 2012).  It’s not just a big budget mess, it’s a well thought out film.

It is the first time that the incredible actors that portray these superheroes have been utilised.  They are given a handful of real, serious, meaningful and emotionally filled scenes that have allowed them to show what kind of performance they are capable of producing and also allow the Avengers to manifest some character, a personality that has been missing all this time.  After all that is what separates this movie from what has preceded it (the last Avengers movie and the standalone ones).

Furthermore the movie is funnier than most comedies.  I would go as far as to say that it is probably the funniest of all the marvel movies, with most if not all the funny witticisms that the characters attempt, to be successful.  The visual along with the sound effects were simply stunning, surely an Oscar nod is in order.  That CGI…so much better than the first instalment.

One thing that was quite annoying though, was the continuous use of the fake Russian/Dracula accent, which I know is common in many movies.  However it becomes very irritating, especially when these characters speak between them, but still choose to speak English instead of their mother language.  It would have been much better if they just did the latter and we were shown subtitles.  And don’t get me started on Andy Serkis doing a British-fake Russian combo accent.

In a nutshell, It’s up to par with the best marvel movie to date (X-men: Days of Future Past) and it’s by far the best set in the Avengers universe.

7.5/10