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X-Men Apocalypse Review

X-Men Days of Future Past was one of the best movies of 2014. It was emotional, incredibly exciting and one of the best sequels in recent memory. X-Men Apocalypse however is a disappointing third outing which is kind of ironic because there is a joke in this movie that third installments are usually the weakest ones of the franchise (which is not always the case with The Return of The King being my favorite movie all of time and Return of the Jedi being my favorite Star Wars film).

The story starts off in ancient Egypt where the first and most powerful mutant En Saba Nur is betrayed by his worshippers who bury him alive. He is awakened thousands of years later in the 80’s, where he deems that humanity has not been worthy and has lost it’s way. Apocalypse then searches for his four horseman and wants to plunge the earth into darkness and the X-Men have no choice but to stop him.

This movie introduces an entire new cast and I felt like none of them we’re better than the original crew. Sophie Turner was probably gave probably the best performance as Jean Grey but she didn’t really impress me all that much. Tye Sheridan as Cyclops was fine. Nothing really remarkable. Not better than James Marsden, but his character was less annoying this time around. Olivia Munn barely does anything in this movie and she has maybe ten lines in the entire thing. She’s good in the action scenes but her character has no purpose in this movie. I also didn’t really care for the new Nightcrawler. He was pale in comparison from the one in X2. Alexandra Shipp was also okay as Storm. Halle Berry was a better Storm by far and what’s weird here is that she has an accent and Halle Berry didn’t so it doesn’t make any sense and it’s distracting to be honest.

Jennifer Lawrence absolutely mails it in all the way from Cuba as Mystique and you can tell that she doesn’t want any more blue makeup on her. She should not come back for the next film. It’s as clear as day that she does not care about being in these movies anymore. Quicksilver has a larger role than in DOFP but the problem here is that we know that the scene is coming and it’s not as good as the first time. It also takes away the gravitas of the situation and the stakes aren’t as high as it should have been since it the movie plays it for comedy and it should have been a much more serious scene.

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Rose Byrne as Moira is also shoehorned in and doesn’t serve any purpose to the plot. She’s simply there to provide a love interest for Charles, which was sort of sweet but she was then forced into the storyline. She has no powers and no real training so it just seemed forced even though she was brought along for the ride.

This movie introduces an entire new cast and I felt like none of them we’re better than the original crew. Sophie Turner probably gave the best performance as Jean Grey but she didn’t really impress me all that much. Tye Sheridan as Cyclops was fine. Nothing really remarkable. Not better than James Marsden, but his character was less annoying this time around. Olivia Munn barely does anything in this movie and she has maybe ten lines in the entire thing. She’s good in the action scenes but her character has no purpose in this film. I also didn’t really care for the new Nightcrawler. He was pale in comparison from the one in X2. Alexandra Shipp was also okay as Storm. Halle Berry was a better Storm by far and what’s weird here is that she has an accent and Halle Berry didn’t so it doesn’t make any sense and it’s distracting to be honest.

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Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy remain the bright spot of this film and their relationship is the best realized on screen. It’s touching, heartfelt and nuanced and Magneto does go in places that I did not expect in this film, which was a big surprise. The best scene of the film by far takes place in the woods and it’s really well done and emotionally satisfying. Michael Fassbander is the best part of this entire film hands down. He’s always amazing.

There’s also  a Wolverine cameo which was spoiled in the trailers (which I did not watch thank god) and his quick scene fits in the story well and it makes sense. It was violent, bloody and captured everything that Wolverine is.

And now we arrive at Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac is a fantastic actor but he didn’t have much to do in the role. A lot of people had trouble with his look and his costume looks fine just not very menacing. He’s also really tiny for someone called Apocalypse. He’s a weak villain and a quite boring one at that. He’s too much and yet too little. There isn’t much depth to his character. He’s just a big bad guy that wants to destroy everything. He’s all that powerful and can disintegrate human beings into dust but when the time comes of the final battle he just doesn’t do it for some odd reason. It just didn’t make any sense and it weakens the character and just makes him a dumb brute. He also just picks his horseman kind of randomly. He just sees some Mutants and decides that they’re apparently good enough to be his horseman minus one mutant and it makes sense that he picks this particular character to be on his team. All the others are expandables.

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The ending without giving anything away is overblown, bloated and doesn’t make any sense. Things happen and there’s a big action scene that lasts way too long and it’s not very good to look at. It’s really mediocre to watch and very underwhelming. Apocalypse’s goal doesn’t even make sense. He becomes another cliché comic book villain that just wants to destroy everything and a very boring one at that. It’s also way too long for it’s own good.

Overall, X-Men Apocalypse is a huge let down from it’s predecessor and while it has some good scenes throughout and the chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender is still fantastic, it is however bogged down by a boring plot, overbloated action, an overabundance of characters, a frail narrative and an extremely weak villain.

Rating: C+

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