Going into X-Men: Apocalypse I had conflicting thoughts on what to expect from the third installment of The X-Men rebirth (reboot?). On one hand, the previous two movies (X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of the Future Past) were both amazing movies. Realistically, I shouldn’t have any reason to think that the most recent installment of the X-Men movie franchise wouldn’t be anything less than great. But the third movie curse almost always means the third movie won’t be as good as the previous two. While X-Men: Apocalypse did have some issues, overall it was a very well put together movie and the writers did a good job portraying some of the comic book characters in the movie. A lot of movie critics as well as comic book fans have been down on the movie and because of that criticism, X-Men: Apocalypse may not survive long in the theaters.
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The Good: Violence and Characters
X-Men: Apocalypse started off strong with a very intense brutal opening that set the tone for the rest of the movie. It continued to be very violent without the violence becoming gratuitous. For a movie like this, brutality and violence has to have purpose. This isn’t The Expendables or a random slasher flick so the deaths have to happen for a reason. It doesn’t matter if it’s a civilian in the wrong place at the wrong time or a major character, the death absolutely has to mean something. The writer did a good job being selective with who does and doesn’t die.
The most impressive part of X-Men: Apocalypse was the development of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The actors that were picked captured the characters essence from the comics perfectly. Jean was scared of her powers but still remaining strong whene she was needed, Scott, while new, showed self sacrifice and a ton of leadership skills, and I can go on and on about how perfect Kurt was. They didn’t forget about Kurt’s religious background, his timidness when it came to hurting people, and his awkwardness being around people who care about him for the first time. Those three actors get all A’s in my book and they make me excited to see what they can do in the movies to come.
The Bad: I WANT MORE!!!!!!
First off, they weren’t bad. Both Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Olivia Munn (Psylocke) did really good jobs. I just wanted more of them in the movie. Munn’s major fight scene at the end was great and she used her powers in a way I did not see coming. I was disappointed that she didn’t get to speak more and be more than just a Horseman. I felt the same way about Storm. Shipp is already miles ahead of Halle Berry’s Storm and with less screen time. The accent was a million times better than I expected and her mannerisms while using her powers were great. They both left me feeling very confident about seeing them in the future.
Then there was En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). We got all of the classic Apocalypse, “Only the strong will survive and I will eat all of the world’s cookies and not share” speeches and he definitely backed up all the trash he talked. One thing I wished was that we got to see more of what Apocalypse could do. We did get a nice sample size, but hey, I’m a greedy comic book nerd who wanted more. But seeing that wanted more is my one major gripe, I think En Sabah Nur was just fine.
Overall the movie was about an 8. As far as movies go, there are a ton of cool things to see. Quicksilver had his moment and may have stole the show again, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were still great as Professor Xavier and Magneto, and as much as I may not have liked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, she did one heck of a good job playing the team leader. As a comic book fan, there were a good amount of things I would have changed. But, I always look at these movies as alternate realities. So avoid the critics (me included) and go see the movie and judge for yourself.
Did you enjoy the movie? Hate it? Was it just “meh”? Let me know in the comments below.