20th Century Fox delivers once again with their newest film X-Men: Apocalypse, pitting the young team of super mutants against their greatest foe yet.
One of the Best X-Men Movies in the Franchise
The story line of Apocalypse in the X-Men franchise is considered to be one of the most iconic super villain arcs of all time, so when this movie was announced to the public, I was beyond excited to see what they’d do. Now, following on the heels of the massively popular (and pretty damn near perfect) super hero team up movie Captain America: Civil War, many people said that Apocalypse really needed to deliver. In my honest opinion though, It’s hard to compare these two huge story lines together. So with that in mind, I’ll be treating this movie like Civil War hasn’t come out yet, and compare it with other X-Men movies when I need to.
With that being said, I enjoyed this movie a lot. There may have been some flaws here and there, but just as the header says, I think it’s one of the best in the X-Men universe. I would probably say that it would come in at close #2 in the franchise, only being outdone by it’s predecessor X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Production and Effects
Bryan Singer returns as the director of this third installment in the X-Men reboots/timeline shifts, and just as he did in the previous movie Days of Future Past, Singer blows the audience away with his action sequences and special effects. The fight scenes are very well done, and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat at many points throughout. There were a few instances where I flinched at the poor quality of some of the CG, but overall these didn’t ruin the other fantastic effects. Also it seemed like they kept flashing back to people’s faces a lot, especially during the action shots, and I had a little chuckle at their expressions.
I found that the story was a bit chunky at some parts, but it wasn’t a huge deal breaker, especially with a good cast such as in this film. I feel that if the writers had a little more time, maybe they could have come up with some better sequences to connect everything together.
I’ve really been enjoying the way that each of the new movies have been set in the past instead of being in the present day. It’s not necessarily a new dynamic, but the way in which these movies have told their stories have really set them apart from other movies. I feel like some movies really oversell that they are set in a different time period, but seeing that the X-Men comics are a staple of the 70’s and 80’s, setting the movies for those times is a really great fit. It’s funny to see all of the little references that the story and even the characters make to that time.
Overall, I think the cast works well, but some of the characters were a bit dry for me. The main cast of James McAvoy as Charles Xavior, Michael Fassbender as Magneto/Eric Lehnsherr, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast/Hank McCoy was solid. J-Law almost seemed like she didn’t want to be doing this movie in parts, but I’d attribute that to poor script writing or poor direction. The return of Evan Peters as Quicksilver was a great choice by the writers, and he was fantastic in the movie.
My real beef is with the cast of younger heroes. The only two that I actually enjoyed were Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Both were played beautifully, but I feel that both were a little under utilized, especially Storm. Tye Sheridan, who played Cyclops/Scott Summers and Sophie Turner, who played Jean Grey, both bothered me very much. While I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head who looks more the part of Jean better than Sophie Turner, I don’t think she acted as a believable Jean Grey at all. Maybe it was just poor scripting. But Tye Sheridan didn’t seem like Scott in any way, shape, or form.
Other characters that I wish were better used are Ben Hardy as Angel, and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. Both were super badass, but barely got any screen time, which was a huge bummer.
Finally, OSCAR FREAKING ISAAC. When the first trailer showing the title villain, Apocalypse, was released, many people said that Oscar Isaac’s character looked like a horrible Power Rangers villain. However, the look really grew on me, and his acting as the big baddie redeemed the entire movie.
While X-Men: Apocalypse had some slight bumps, the movie as a whole was super fun and very entertaining. It was action packed, showed beautiful effects, had a great cast and a good story, and I left the theater feeling very content. It’s definitely a great addition to the current trilogy of X-Men movies, and I’ll be seeing it again soon.
+ Great fight scenes
+ Special effects were great
– Chunky story in some parts
+ Returning cast, solid performance
– Storm, Nightcralwer, Psylocke, and Angel need more screen time/development
— Jean Grey and Cyclops need new actors
+++ Oscar Isaac makes a fantastic villain
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Trevor White is a huge fan of the X-Men, and if he could have one power, it would be to have Wolverine’s claws only with replaceable pizza. He is also a huge fan of Star Wars and The Walking Dead.
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