Movie Review: X-Men Apocalypse

Everything they’ve built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we’ll build a better one!

Continuing from a rejuvenated franchise,thanks to Days of Future Past, X-Men Apocalypse enters the fray as the latest installment of the X-Men. However in a year filled with Superhero movies, can Bryan Singer fight the so called Superhero fatigue and deliver another refreshing take on the X-Men?

The X-Men has a new foe as En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse wakes from his slumber. Upon finding out what the world has become, he vows to cleanse the world, eliminating both mutants and humans alike.


The Good

For a movie with an extremely dangerous super villain, X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t forget to be fun. It’s a very long film with a very serious plot but there’s good humor here and it’s a pleasant surprise to say the least. One of the best things in the previous movie is the introduction of Peter Maximoff. His ‘Time in a Bottle’ scene was incredibly creative and it was the most memorable scene in Days of Future Past. X-Men Apocalypse does something similar and in a much larger scale this time with an 80s song, and even though it feels forced maybe even repetitive, it was still pretty fun.

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Another good aspect of the movie were the special effects, granted some of the costumes were a miss but the big effects and several action sequences were impressive. Speaking of impressive, the new additions such as Nightcrawler, a young Cylclops and a young Jean Grey were good. Not quite as good as their older version seen from the first three movies but they managed to hold their own.

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The Bad

A big let down was Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen. Apart from Magneto, Apocalypse and his crew aren’t all that exciting. Their presence was underwhelming and as powerful as Apocalypse was, his most impressive superpower is to dress up his horsemen in cool metallic costumes.

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Oscar Isaac, who’s a great actor, was over the top and he did not resonate well on screen. His motivations were very similar to Ultron’s from the Avengers but at least Ultron was fun, Apocalypse not so much. The movie’s pacing was also a problem, the first act moved slowly spoon feeding as much information to the audience when they shouldn’t especially with six or seven movies in to the franchise.


Rating

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With X-Men: Apocalypse smacked right down in the middle of superhero movie season, it did suffer from superhero fatigue especially with an uninspired acting from Jennifer Lawrence, it did not do the movie any favors. However with impressive visual effects accompanied by charming humor and to see a younger version of the X-Men work together as a cohesive unit was great and it’s enough to make the movie watchable.

Good Bad 3/5
  • Peter Maximoff / Nightcrawler
  • Impressive Special Effects
  • Pleasant Humor
  • Apocalypse and the Horsemen
  • Waste of Olivia Munn
  • Long Running Time / Pacing Issues
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