Cert: 12A Runtime: 144 mins Director: Bryan Singer Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Olivia Munn
I’ve never felt power like this before…
Bryan Singer brought us one of the better comic book movies with X-Men: Days of Future Past, truly how do you follow it up? Well bring the ultimate mutant into the fold obviously! Bryan Singer has taken us to 1983 now with the introduction of a few familiar faces but younger. There has been a lot of criticisms about the look of Apocalypse and the initial first trailer, it didn’t seem that good. It has divided film-goers all ready, but will it be better than Civil War or BvS? Well we shall find out. So what is X-Men: Apocalypse about? It’s ten years since the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the world faces an even greater threat when Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world’s very first mutant, reawakens after thousands of years. Disillusioned at the state of mankind, he assembles a team of powerful mutants, including Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy), to help create a new world order. It’s up to Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), as well as their team of young X-Men, to stop Apocalypse and save the world from destruction.
So Apocalypse is a hot mess of entertainment! The opening sequence was just terrible and dull, the whole tomb scene was like a weird Indiana Jones homage. It only becomes interesting when we get to Scott Summers and how he ends up with Xavier. The build up is interesting then the ending just runs so flat it was upsetting. Bryan Singer seems to have under-served a lot of the characters, a lack of development and the flow of the film was flat. It does make a good popcorn movie mind! What Singer executed well was the whole young generation of X-Men. We get to the school see the cast, watch them develop and learn it was great. I personally could watch a whole movie of them just growing up! The whole assembly of the the four horseman seemed pointless. If you understand the Apocalypse ethos he has always had them, but Magneto seemed the only one with any motive. Psylocke is the Captain Phasma of this film, she had no motive and only had about two lines through out. She is one of the better female comic-book heroes. They also don’t really do much in this film, probably Apocalypse could have done more by himself. What X-Men: Apocalypse does well is execute the action sequences. The fight between Angel and Nightcrawler, Quicksilver’s running scenes and to an extent the final battle all very well.
Fassbender and McAvoy can do no wrong in their roles. They do seem to have taken more of a back seat here, especially McAvoy. Fassbender’s journey’s story arch has come full circle I believe here. It’s interesting to have seen the development of the two from First Class to now. Jennifer Lawrence on the other hand seems to not care for the role. Mystique isn’t that focal of a character, but Fox does cash cow the hell out of her. Personally I do hope this will be her last X-Men film. Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse was a waste of talent. Yet again we have a villain with a lack of conviction, sure he is a purist but why? We have more explanations on why he’s all powerful than an actual conviction. The new breed of kids were pretty good, I do like Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. It’s always good to see how she became this super mutant. The nativity of Turner does give her a great edge. Tye Sheridan as Cyclops was pretty good too. I loved his opening sequence, what has irritated me in previous films is how weak he is portrayed. He seemed a lot more credible here and I hope it continues. Even Peters and Kodi Smit-McPhee give great comic relief to the piece. It’s just always good to see Quicksliver and Nightcrawler. What X-Men: Apocalypse does well is execute the action sequences. I will iterate this I didn’t hate this film! But the bad does outweigh the good unfortunately. It had a great premise with some fantastic element. It’s not as bad as X3 or Wolverine Origins, give it a go and make your own opinion!