One of the highly awaited comic book movie of the year X-Men Apocalypse released this weekend and it was a treat to the eyes. But as a complete movie, it somehow fails to match up to some of the previous installments of the franchise. Wondering how? Well then, read on the detailed X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review right below.
About X-Men Apocalypse
X-Men Apocalypse is the ninth movie in the X-Men series and director Bryan Singer returns for this installment as well. The movie is produced by 20th Century Fox and features Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Issac, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne and others in primary roles.
Following the events of X-Men Days of Future Past, the movie shows that Mutants coexist with humans freely. However, there are a few instances of torture on mutants like the electrocuted cage where mutants are forced to fight. Raven/Mystique(Lawrence) rescues such mutants and sends them where they belong. On the other hand, Professor Xavier(McAvoy) is running is a school for gifted youngsters, and plans to train mutants to control their powers. Meanwhile, Moira(Rose) is trying to figure out about the first and all powerful mutant En Sabah Nur. She discovers that he had been brought to conscious by few of his followers. En Sabah Nur also referred to as Apocalypse is revealed to be an all powerful mutant who had been ruling the world for ages and keeps transferring his conscious and powers into newer mutants to remain alive and increase his powers. He had been buried in the remains of a pyramid in Cairo in 3600 B.C. when few men betrayed him. Now that he is alive, he finds that man has risen to be a superpower and doesn’t like it. He decides to bring the world to ashes and create another world where he will rule again. And for this, he chooses Storm(Alexandra Shipp), Angel, Psylocke(Olivia Munn) and Eric/Magneto(Fassbender) to be his 4 horsemen. On knowing about Eric, Raven decides to reach Xavier to help Eric. When Xavier talks to Eric through telepathy, he discovers En Sabah Nur and tries to read his mind, who in turn exploits this connection by crawling into Xavier’s mind and using it along with the Cerebro to connect to all the minds on the planet. He then abducts Xavier for further use of his telepathic abilities. Rest of the X-Men team up to rescue Eric and Xavier, and stopping En Sabah Nur from destroying the planet.
Watch the trailer of the movie here.
Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues
The story of the movie had the ever clichè element of all powerful guy trying to rule the earth and good guys teaming up to stop him. It, however, had a rather interesting villain at its disposal, but the rest wasn’t new at all. The screenplay looked already seen and only excites at some points. The relation between Eric and Charles looked repetitive as that was what we saw in X-Men : First Class, and X-Men : Days of Future Past. The dialogues are what impresses at many times. But apart from a few of them, they start to sound preachy. Overall, it is just an above average venture on the papers.
Being a superhero movie with almost entire second half being effects heavy, there was really less for the actors to display in their performances. Despite that, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michae Fassbender give a believable performance among others. Oscar Issac looks menacing as Apocalypse by the way he walks and talks. Overall, the movie is a plus on the performance scale.
Effects and Graphics
This is where the movie excels just like any other X-Men Movie. The graphics of the movie have some serious bucks invested in them and have a brilliant output in the movie. The climactic fight between Apocalypse’s horsemen and X-Men is worth watching again.
The movie is good in parts but average on the whole. And so is the case with Bryan Singer’s direction. While he did complete justice to the characters, he simply doesn’t look like improving the mediocrity of the script. Some scenes like the fight between En Sabah Nur and Charles Xavier in the latter’s mind is the best part of the movie and makes you go wow. Speaking about the wow factor, Singer reprises the Quicksilver sequences in Days of Future Past with a similar sequence in this movie where he saves the students of Xavier’s school. And it is equally awesome.
The movie is good to watch one time and every comic book lover must watch it. But just once. Also, spending the ticket money, might not be the best alternative as one can easily wait for the home video release. Watch it for few awesome moments. If you look at a movie as a whole, try to skip this.
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