X-Men Apocalypse continues the saga of the rebooted Marvel property of the X-Men film franchise from Fox, but to be honest, if they’re going to reboot a film franchise, they need to make it better than the first version they’re trying to wipe the slate clean of! But more to the point, it’s more of an action flick than any kind of story about the characters.
Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer off a screenplay written by both himself and Simon Kinberg, who as a team, have been heralding in this new rebooted version of the Marvel franchise.
The cast includes
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters returns as Quicksilver, we have a new Col Stryker, played by Josh Helman, Sophie Turner is Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Olivia Munn Psylocke.
X-Men Films on Amazon
When the film opens, well, to be honest, the first two acts felt like the slowest story opening ever conceived on film, it established the backstory of Apocalypse, and touched on past events from the first reboot film.
Very little of the story focused on the stories of the characters. We saw Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender) in his life of normalcy that turns to his personal hell which drives him back into his Magneto persona.
We touched briefly on what makes Raven, Hank McCoy and a few others tick and I swear, if we had not seen Rose Byrne in the first film, well…
The bottom of the pile of my failed expectations was Olivia Munn, whose acting chops seemed to be put on the sideline to portray Psylocke. From the marketing that was focused on her character prior to the film premiering in theaters, it seems it was more about Munn in her tightly fitting outfit than who or what she was.
Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey was pretty decent, but the story barely took a minute to define the potential that she can and or will represent down the road.
The top of the fun for me, was Evan Peters as Quicksilver. Without giving anything away, much like the last film, he has a fun and fantastic scene that exemplifies his amazing speed and quirky humor.
Otherwise, the rest of the film was about humanity suffering at the butt end of angry mutants and a few good ones saving the day.
The CGI was about 80% on par for looking decent, at times and this was just an excuse to release another X-Men title. In another scene, the team found themselves in matching outfits not because they chose to, but because they happen to find flight suits in a closet next to an airplane they were appropriating. WTH?
That’s how the film went.
It didn’t suck, the action was fun but it missed the mark on giving us more depth on many characters, and only furthered Magneto’s confused motivations that sway from good to evil. – It’s Tuesday, with an even numbered date, I guess I’ll be evil today!
Without furthering too many characters, it just felt like an empty film. I’m glad I missed it in theaters, but also glad I caught it because if anything, every Marvel film has to be watched the venerable Stan Lee’s cameo. Man, I worry about the day he won’t be around to do these cameos. But then again, from what I’ve heard, they’ve already filmed a few cameos of his for future upcoming films.
Rotten Tomatoes has this film at 48% while their fans gave it a 67%. IMDb users rated it at around a 7.1, so I’m not too worried about giving it a popcorn 7, though I hesitate about that being a bit high, but it should do.