Whatever you thought of X-Men: Apocalypse, I think it is fairly unanimous that it was no Days of Future Past. But that doesn't mean the film didn't have its moments. One such moment was a quick scene where we see Jubilee, Jean, Nightcrawler and Cyclops all exiting Return of the Jedi. While not only acknowledging the decade in which the story takes place, it allows for a jab at Brett Ratner. When Jean says, "Well at least we can always agree the third one's always the worst." Classic.
A dig at Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand, which most consider a terrible follow up to X2. Bryan Singer, showing a stroke of genius, was able to erase that installment thanks to the time-travel storyline featured in Days of Future Past. And, just like that, everybody's back. Oorah!
But the celebration was cut short by X-Men: Apocalypse. Sigh. I went in with low expectations, so the film was perfectly fine for me. But I still couldn't help but feel like the storytelling was odd and choppy. Strange enough, what might have helped add some flow is a deleted sequence.
Apocalypse Deleted Scene is So 80s It's Awesome
How does one truly appreciate the 80s? Well, Bryan Singer found a way by mixing together a mall, an arcade, Payless Shoes, breakdancing, Return of the Jedi, and the popular Canadian track "The Safety Dance" from Men Without Hats. And when was that song released? You guessed it... 1983. The same year the third installment of Star Wars hit theaters. It all makes sense!
The only tragedy is that this three-minute plus clip was cut to about 15 seconds for the theatrical showing of X-Men: Apocalypse. What?! The only thing that needed to be cut was the 10 seconds of incomplete effects showing Nightcrawler breakdancing. You'll know when you see it. Other than that, this clip is perfect.
Back before summer, Simon Kinberg acknowledged that a number of filmed sequences were left out of the film. The X-Men scribe also pointed out this "mall montage" specifically, where he explained that the scene needed to be cut because it did not add to the story's narrative. Not sure if that's the best reasoning, considering how things have turned out.
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What do you think? Should this sequence, montage or what have you, been cut?