X-men Apocalypse Review:
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: 18 May 2016
Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant, as is considered by a God by mankind. After accidentally being awakened from sleep thousands of years later, he recruits the scorned Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order – where only the strong will survive. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.
After watching X-Men (twice) I have to say it was amazing. The introduction of so many vital characters was brilliant as each one had their moment to shine and we see them develop as characters. Admittedly Bryan Singer has packed his movie full of a few too many characters, however I quite liked it. Some of you may find the film a bit rushed, as there are so many elements to it but I enjoyed it. There wasn’t a dull moment at all!
Watching Apocalypse, you don’t feel as though each character is being set up for their own spin off movie. Each character integrates and compliments each other – they need one another as a team which is the whole point of the X-Men! A definite bonus!
You may that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen weren’t in this movie, however the younger generation are great. I personally think the characters are more engaging than some of the characters in the Original X-Men trilogy.
So, I have to say, I am a huge Quicksilver fan! Both comic book and movie. The fact that Evan Peters is Quicksilver makes me love him more – He portrays him brilliantly! As expected there was an amazing Quicksilver scene, and it was as brilliant as you would expect.
Okay, enough fan girling. Essentially, the movie was awesome. Now that the origin stories have begun for many of the characters – Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm etc.- it’s clear that many of the characters have reasons to hate humanity for their treatment. That is how Apocalypse manipulates them, by preying on the resentment.
As much as I hate to admit this, Sophie Turner made a brilliant Jean Grey, but I can’t get the Sansa Stark image out of my head every time I see her – which is annoying as Sansa and Jean are two completely different ends of the spectrum on the Kick Ass Scale. Tye Sheridan’s portrayal of Cyclops was okay – I felt he was a little bit Jock for my liking. Kodi-Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler was super adorable, and Nightcrawler is quite relaxed about being a mutant – which makes his role in the X-Men team admirable to watch. As you may know, I love Quicksilver, but come on guys! Evan Peter’s depiction of Quicksilver is in a league of its own. JLaw and Nic Hoult were as usual perfect. Does anyone else find JLaw’s kick ass sexy, determined Mystique as remarkable as I do? She rocks the role. The bad girl version of Storm was a refreshing change from Halle Berry’s Storm in the sense that you see her true dilemma with mankind.
Finally, Fassbender and McAvoy. One of the issues that the film faced was integrating how Xavier will lose his hair in the movie (no spoilers). All I can say is … It was brilliant. It both fits the story line and doesn’t come across as a random urge that Xavier has to shave his head. A key aspect of the story is Fassbender’s heart breaking experience when in hiding, and we watch his drift back to the dark side, and the Motivation behind his new hatred of humanity.
All in all, I really recommend this movie for all you action fans! Even those of you who are into comedy movies, I would suggest this movie for you. There are so many emotions that you go through during this movie and Singer captures both the pain of the mutants that is relate-able. Singer should be proud of this film!