Thursday, February 2, 2017

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016 Film) Review

 Not many film series based on beloved works has been as badly and well handled as the X-Men movies. Some of the films have been top notch and some of them have been rather embarrassing for the caliber they're suppose to be in. I had high hopes for X-Men Apocalypse as it's a sequel to the "prequel" time-line, though to be honest all these timelines are really confusing. The writers wrote themselves into corners they couldn't escape from and a lot of the story doesn't make sense if you correctly remember the previous films. This is even made fun of in the Deadpool movie which itself is a story that makes no sense given what happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I also wanted to see this one because Sophie Turner is a young Jean Grey. She plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones so I wanted to see how well she did outside the world of Westeros along with her American accent.
 The plot was teased at the end of Days of Future Past where the iconic villain Apocalypse (a very Thanos-level character for the X-Men) is the main villain. Apocalypse's given name is En Sabah Nur and he was the world's first mutant. He was worshiped by mankind at one point until he was "betrayed" by humanity. Despite god-like powers, Apocalypse was forced to be preserved for thousands of years. He becomes awaken by those who foretold his origin and "rebirth" as they hoped to revive this omega mutant. Like Magneto, Apocalypse has a soft spot in his heart for mutants (as long as they don't oppose him) but doesn't like the direction humanity has gone. He seeks to turn people away from false idols and create a world where the earth revolves around him. 
 Apocalypse gathers a team of allies consisting of Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and a bitter Magneto. Charles Xavier is at full-strength but can't resist the powers of Apocalypse. The villain seems to be able to leech off of another mutant's powers by merging with them. Considering his skill and power as a psychic, this makes Professor Xavier quite appealing to Apocalypse's plan for the "end of the world" as we know it. He'll need the help of other mutants like Jean Grey and Scott Summers if they hope to save humanity. But with Apocalypse nearly a god himself, will they even stand a chance against him? 
X-Men: Apocalypse had a mixed reaction with critics and I totally understand how that happened. Like many other superhero movies, they cram A LOT of characters in here. There isn't much time for rich plots, character development, and interesting moments. While the movie has quite a few notable A-list actors, they just can't help a story like this one. I admit that I do like the movie, but I was certainly disappointed. After Logan, 20th Century Fox really needs to give X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As far as Sophie Turner's version of Jean Grey, it was alright. I think what plagued her character was more of the script than the acting. Though this Jean Grey and her (eventual) boyfriend Scott Summers (played by Tye Sheridan) had very little chemistry. 

Score: B-

5 comments:

  1. I do love the X-Men movies, they have always been really well made.

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  2. I like the cast in that!

    -Kati

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  3. I went to it twice (largely in order to figure out all the ins and outs of the plot). It was okay. I liked the Magneto subplot. And at least we know why Charles is bald now. By way of comparison though, this movie didn't hold a candle compared to Captain America: Civil War which came out around the same time.

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