I don’t quite get the lassitude this film has received from fans and critics. The general consensus seems to be that it’s a good movie but has little heart with vast amounts of meaningless destruction on a grand scale. This attitude may have begun when the first images of Apocalypse appeared on the web which reminded a lot of people of Ivan Oooze from the first power rangers movie. The trailer did little to raise the excitement in fans too. I guess after blowing the wade with Days of Future Past it’s difficult to one up.
Before I get into mu review I have to say I was less than impressed with the look of Apocalypse. This is Apocalypse, he should be bigger, more alien like, more threatening, I thought he should have been a CGI creation like Ultron or that Thanos guy in order to fully realize the character.
I was also less than impressed and unexcited by the trailer.
The movie however is great. I enjoyed the heck out of it and found it funny in places. I should put more faith in Singer and his X-Men movies. I can see now where he was going with Apocalypse. He wanted to make a character of him rather than just have him as a villain. While he doesn’t exactly succeed and find the right balance between apocalypse’s motivation and pure evilness he does create a character that can challenge the X-Men on a human level as well as a superhuman one.
As for the level of destruction, I can kind of get it. This is Apocalypse after all. The Thanos/Darkside of the X-Men universe. The most powerful and dangerous mutant ever. Why not destroy a city or two in this movie to convey that? Considering we have starships flying into cities, radioactive lizards using them as playgrounds and Superman not giving a crap either way why should this be even seen as a fault of the film? It’s almost a given these days to raise the bar to insane destruction to entertain.
Unlike the other X-Men films though this doesn’t have a clear message. It’s not discussing diversity or racism under the veil of mutants. Instead we get scenes and imagery depicting the horrors humanity is capable of. The main focus (in between the action) is on the characters and their personal journeys. At this point though i’m getting pretty tired of Raven’s journey, the character has kind of bottomed out and bounces back and forth between wanting to help and wanting to show her true blue self. I expect any future film with Raven will explore the same journey again, leaving the x-men and coming back into the fold to save the day as a team.
Again the highlight of the film is Quicksilver. Loved it. Was hilarious.
The whole movie is worth your hard earned cash and worth a watch on the big screen if you can catch it there. It’s not bad, it is enjoyable, you won’t leave the theater feeling annoyed or shaking your head. These movies, with the exception of ‘The Last Stand’ have always left me with a smile on my face as I walked out of the theater. There are a lot more stories to be told with these characters.
When the hell is Bryan Singer going to direct a Star Trek movie? I think X-Men being morally similar to Star Trek shows what he could bring to a Star Trek film or show.
Favorite Quote: “I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul that comes to my school looking for trouble.” Charles Xavier