Today, I'm posting a review about X-Men: Apocalypse. It's the newest installment in the X-Men franchise and that's very exciting for a superhero fan like me. X-Men is one of my favorite movie franchises and I'll explain the pros and cons of this particular film.
Let's start with the good parts. Truthfully, I really enjoyed this movie. It's a lot different than most superhero films. The plot is quite dark with a heavy emphasis on apocalyptic elements, as the title suggests. Some people might find this element depressing, but I found it refreshing because a lot of superhero films just show a bunch of explosions every ten minutes. There's a lengthy plot that shows character development among the primary heroes and villains. Apocalypse, the titular antagonist, has an army of hour horsemen who will help him take over the world and wipe away humanity. The X-Men find out his plan and try to stop the impending post-apocalyptic chaos. It sounds simple enough, but the direct nature of the plot works very well and avoids confusion.
Despite having a large ensemble cast, several characters shine effectively in this film. Quicklsilver is amazing, but I don't want to give away the details. It will spoil the surprise. James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto are very strong in this film. X-Men: Apocalypse explores the complex and conflicted nature of their friendship. It paints Magneto as a tormented anti-villain who faces the worst odds. Overall, it gives Magneto a sympathetic image. Rose Byrne resurfaces as Moira McTaggert, which I appreciated because she always had good chemistry with Professor X. This movie also brings back other fan favorites, such a Mystique, Beast, Havok, and younger versions of classic X-Men like Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler. Most viewers should be able to find at least one favorite X-Men character in this movie.
I've heard a lot of criticism about Omar Isaacs as Apocalypse, but he seemed perfectly fine to me. Apocalypse is portrayed as a calm, collected, and arrogant villain who has a very strategic master plan. Keep in mind, that's much more accurate to the comics. I think some people expect Apocalypse to be a blue version of the Incredible Hulk who roars and rampages through the street. Also, the ending actually makes sense. I don't want to give away the punch line, but comic book fans should understand the ending. The film also leaves plenty of room open for future installments.
Like most films, X-Men: Apocalypse needed some improvements. It's very long for a superhero film, which I think was an attempt to drag out the storyline. Also, the mass number of characters left some individuals underdeveloped. Archangel and Psylocke were two of Apocalypse's horsemen, but there were very few details about their characters. That's too bad because they were very cool in the comics.
I'm going to spoil one thing. Hugh Jackman makes a cameo as Wolverine during the movie. He actually plays an important role. I really loved Wolverine in the earlier X-Men installments, but Hugh Jackman is starting to look so old now. Sorry Hugh Jackman; I still like you. They need to recast someone else as the new Wolverine.
The trailers reveal that Mystique plays a heroic role instead of an antagonistic one. Jennifer Lawrence is definitely a great addition to the X-Men franchise, but I prefer Mystique as a villain. She was always a great villain and sometimes very controversial in the comics. The rebooted franchise seems to be gravitating away from her antagonistic roots. I also think it would have been fun to have more elements from the 80s. If you're going to set a movie during a certain decade, add some whimsical elements just for nostalgia.
Does X-Men: Apocalypse stack up to the popular Captain America: Civil War? That's hard to answer because the films are entirely different. Superhero fans will probably gravitate to one or the other. I still feel undecided about which film is better. Honestly, I don't have a lot of serious complaints about either movie.
This film definitely caters to die hard X-Men fans. I would recommend it to viewers who love superhero movies or post-apocalyptic films. This might sound like blasphemy, but I thought X-Men: Apocalypse was a lot better than X-Men: Days of Future Past. The newer movie just made more sense to me. So, that's my verdict. Post comments if you have anything to say about this review or your own thoughts about X-Men: Apocalypse. Keep an eye open for more blogs and have fun at the movies!