Alright let’s get straight to it. You guys know this is a review for X-Men: Apocalypse. Well, hopefully you figured that out by now anyway. Have you seen the movie? If you answered yes, great! Keep on reading and enjoy the review. If you answered no, keep reading at your own risk, this is your SPOILER ALERT. Alright, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into it.
So X-men: Apocalypse is the sixth X-Men film (there’s been nine total, but we’re talking about the ones with the whole team in them), and this is the fourth X-Men film directed by Bryan Singer. This film follows the timeline shifting events of Days of Future Past, in which everything was basically reset, meaning that none of the stuff in the original three films happened and everyone’s alive again. Yay. In Apocalypse, we’re introduced to the first mutant ever, En Sabah Nur (which translates to “The First One ), in Ancient Egypt. After being asleep for hundreds of years, En Sabah Nur (or Apocalypse, if you will) finally wakes up in the 80’s after being revived by some of his followers. He sees the way the new world is, and he’s not exactly happy that Mutants aren’t in charge of everything, so naturally, his first instinct is to cleanse the Earth of all the weak so that only the strongest will be left.
First off , the thing that mostly separates the X-Men films from other superheroes films is that their movies focus more on storytelling and their characters than the actual action sequences and whatnot. They X-Men have a rich history, and Bryan Singer, the film’s director, always does his best to bring this to life on the big screen. The story was pretty well focused. From beginning to end, you were able to follow Apocalypse’s plan and his intention, no matter how screwed up it all was. While the story was good, the pacing was a bit off. It was really slow at certain parts due to the lack of progressive strides. Too much time was focused on setting up the ending of the film, which made many other parts of the film suffer for it.
Earlier we did say that X-Men films usually focus on storytelling and characters, but this time we hardly really learn anything about the characters. I guess because this was a reboot, they expected moviegoers to know about each character’s past already, but that shouldn’t have been the case. We got to see these new younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and Nightcrawler (Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Kodi Smit-McPhee) Cyclops and Storm received very small introductions, but no one else really did. It would’ve helped if each character was properly introduced, especially those like Psylocke and Angel (Olivia Munn and Ben Hardy), two of the Four Horsemen who we learned nothing about (and we’ve never seen Psylocke on the big screen!). Also, there was literally no point in Jubilee being in the marketing for this film. Her character had a few lines here and there, but she was introduced in a way that made it seem as though she’d contribute in the fight against Apocalypse, which was far from what happened. We didn’t even get to see a demonstration of her abilities. Kind of a wasted opportunity if you think about it.
Magneto (Michael Fassbender) was probably the only character who’s story fully played out. Fassbender played such a broken character who was at war with himself, and by the end of the film he sort of had a moment of clarity. Quicksilver (Evan Peters) stole the show once again with an amazing scene showing off his abilities, but other than that, he was a lot less charismatic this time around. His main goal was to find and help his father (Magneto), and probably tell him that he was his son, but he never does that by the end of the movie sadly And finally Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) just did the same thing she’s done in all the new X-Men films. She’s becomes something of a “leader” to the team in these films (even though Cyclops is the de facto leader). Her presence has become a bit tiresome. They’re not doing anything new with her character and it feels like she’s there just for the sake of being there.
The final fight in the film was well done. The cinematography and special effects were very rich and colorful. A lot of time was spent showing off each mutant’s special abilities and fans were reminded why we fell in love with these films back in the early 2000’s in the first place. Apocalypse was a very menacing guy and he didn’t make it easy for the team in any way. One thing that was an issue though was the fact that they held back with his abilities and even his stature. This dude is supposed to be some huge, shapeshifting, giant nuisance that’s set to bring upon the end of the world, so you would expect him to be able to kick some ass with ease, but he seemed to struggle and have a hard time taking them all down, which isn’t what you’d expect. Also when you looked at him, he was smaller in size than pretty much everyone else. Can’t take a guy like that all too serious.
Besides the death of Havoc (Cyclops’ brother), there were no serious casualties, and that seemed weird, seeing as how -again- it’s called Apocalypse, but going into this film, it was obvious there would be no major character deaths, since all of these actors were new and 20th Century Fox plans to keep them around for at least a little while. Luckily though, they manage to stop Apocalypse and come out on top by the end of the film, so all ends well for the X-Men.
When all is said and done, X-Men: Apocalypse was a proper introduction to the new, younger cast, and it was engaging from start to finish. The pacing was kind of choppy at certain moments, but it wasn’t too hard to follow everything that was happening in the film. It was a pretty lengthy movie, but you couldn’t really tell, which is definitely a good thing. Apocalypse lacked some of the depth that was seen in First Class and Days of Future Past, but the films still haven’t lost much steam. It’s clear that Bryan Singer still possesses the magic touch for directing these films, and we’re looking forward to the future adventures that are in store for the Children of the Atom.
X-Men: Apocalypse receives a 7.5 out of 10 from Superhero Task Force
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters.