X-Men: Apocalypse [2016] ★★½

 325647K1f_XMen_CampF_KAPeople who follow my blog probably know how much I loved Bryan Singer’s previous outing “Days of Future Past”. That movie was smart, exciting and a pure joy to watch. That being said, I left “Apocalypse” feeling disappointed. Was I expecting something better? Perhaps. Instead, this new installment, once again lead by Bryan Singer, tries to juggle so many elements at once and lacks the freshness of its predecessor. The movie still has its virtues, chief among them its two stars: James McAvoy, who is still as good as always as Professor X, and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. This time around, The X-Men are facing a threat bigger than anything they’ve faced before: Apocalypse, the world’s first and most powerful mutant. Sounds like fun? To be honest, for a while it is. Oscar Isaac nails his Apocalypse performance and Singer knows exactly how to stage pulse pounding action scenes. For Marvel fans who love being immersed in that universe, the mere presence of these characters, along with a series of visual effects and action may be enough. For me, “X-Men: Apocalypse” lacks originality and purpose. I may be too attached to “First Class” and “Days of Future Past“, but I still think that “Apocalypse” could have and should have been better.

Rating: 2.5/4

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  1. I’m sorry to hear you were disappointed. I’m seeing it tonight, so I’m still eager to go see it. Here’s a question: Most disappointing superhero film so far Batman v. Superman or X-Men Apocalypse? I could tell you my answer tomorrow.

      • Yesterday I saw Apocalypse. I’ll say this: It’s an entertaining, popcorn film, that strongly lacks in emotional, human elements. There’s so much to love for a guy who’s a fan of the X-Men (me) and seeing the younger mutants were great, especially scene-stealer Nightcrawler, and how James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender can own their roles so well whether it’s an emotional or humorous moment. However, within those elements, the talented actors, and the potential storyline, that is non-existent for an action-heavy, CGI spectacle that just kept going on and on and on with no time for characters too develop. The villain, Apocalypse, was bad, his voice was annoying and I’m so tired of villains who just want to destroy the world, that just bothers me and while the action is fun to watch, the last action sequence is so bad where everything feels like a cartoon with a lot of CGI and Apocalypse apparently being unstoppable was a cartoon. Overall, I agree it’s not a bad movie at all, it’s a lot of fun to watch, until the last action scene and overtime Apocalypse shows up. At least way better than Batman v. Superman, where BvS was a really bad movie that had studio interference and panic, but this one at least has Bryan Singer’s direction that I just do not like the tone he created, which means he abandons his own unique style from the other X-Men films and just tries to copy off Matthew Vaughn’s directing style from First Class.

        Here’s how I think they can save this franchise:

        1. Get new fresh eyes for the series
        a. Director: I feel Singer feels tired or bored after seeing this one
        b. Writer: It’s not shocking the writing feels corny in this one since Simon Kinberg came off of the horrible Fant4stic

  2. Just recently found this blog, and glad I did. You’re gonna be seeing a lot of me in the comments section since I’m kind of a movie fanatic with no one to share my passion with.

    Anyyways, it was a bad movie, entertaining a bit, but I even had to google who was the director and script writor because I was sure they couldn’t be the same people who did the 3 previous ones (the only watchable ones). But they actually were. The script was so poor with too much failed long drama scenes that sounded like medieval repetitive poetry instead of a decent goose-bumping sentances! The music score was horrible, I mean they could’ve gotten Hans Zimmer and made it a bit more watchable. The plot was too weak as well!

    But that’s just me!

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