X Men: Apocalypse

X-Men_-_ApocalypseThe third chapter in a trilogy is always tricky one to get right, something the teenage mutants acknowledge themselves during the third film in the X Men prequel seires. But it can’t be as bad as X Men: The Last Stand can it?

Its 1983, ten years on from the events of Days of Future Past and mutants are living alongside humans but while they are not at war they are living on a knife’s edge. When one of the world’s first mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakes from centuries of slumber he is determine to lay the world to waste and start again, with himself as it’s God. It’s up to Professor X (James McAvoy) , Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and their students to stop him.

OK so Apocalypse is not as good as Days of Future Past or X2 but thankfully it’s nowhere near the flops that were The Last Stand or Origins: Wolverine. Despite the influx of new characters (or returning, younger characters depending how you look at it) the film doesn’t feel overloaded and most get some good moments.

Perhaps the ones that get least development is the new mutants who become the Four horsemen working for Apocalypse aside Magneto (Micheal Fassbender – always good). Out of the three newcomers only Storm (Alexandra Shipp) has some potential. Psylock (Olivia Munn) looks cool and Angel (Ben Hardy) is great looking -apart from the dodgy 80’s hair- but aside from that they make little impact. Oscar Isaac also feels hampered under the prosthetics in what ends up being another generic supervillain, especially compared to Fassbender’s compellingly tragic anti-hero.

Lawrence’s Mystique is served better by the story this time than she was in Days of Future Past and the always dependable McAvoy shines again as Xavier. Out of the new students Kurt/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is instantly endearing and Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey looks set to become an interesting addition to the team. Maybe if they do more movies they can tackle the Dark Phoenix storyline properly this time.

Action wise there are some good scenes even though the climatic scenes feature the over familiar destroying of a major city. One of the highlights of the film is the reappearance of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) who once again gets a scene stealing moment as he rescuing a bunch of mutants from a building. Peters is hugely likeable and very funny in his extended role. So when will we get a solo Quicksilver movie then?

Rating 3.5/5 – fun if a tad long addition to the X Men franchise

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  1. Hey Lauren how’s it goin? Man it feelsl ike a while since I last talked about this film with anyone. I saw it the once and while it was good enough to make me want to see it again, at the same time I didn’t feel compelled to go back and see it like Days of Future Past. This film did a lot of things right with the intro of Apocalypse, setting up Jean and Cyclops, Nightcrawler, the Wolverine cameo (bloody brilliant), Quicksilver and Magneto’s story arc (best part of the film).

    However it was disappointing the more I think about it. Isaac wasn’t used to his full potential as the main villain, I didn’t care for Mystique in this film, the four hourseman were wasted especially when it came to Psylocke and Angel, Storm felt incredibly underutilized and after all the destruction and chaos by the end of the film it felt like there were no real consequences for the main characters or mutants as a whole considering what they’d done to Earth. But hey that’s me, it’s not a terrible film, but it is a step down from the last two solid entries.

    • Yeah I agree with a lot of what you said. It was an ok effort but not as good as the previous ones. I think Magneto is so good in the villianous role it’s hard to find another antagonist to fill that role as well as he does.
      On the plus side I did enjoy seeing Jean kick ass and I really liked Nighcrawler!

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