Rapid Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

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“Everything they’ve built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we’ll build a better one!”
– Apocalypse

SYNOPSIS: With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Yes! I finally went to see this. My husband wasn’t thrilled (he loves going to the cinema), but he knew it is one of the few superhero movies I will insist on seeing in the cinema. Screw that, any new movie in this franchise will have me tripping out, no matter how many installments. I know, it sounds mad. I think the reviews have been unjustly harsh towards X-Men: Apocalypse, though it is by no means a perfect movie. It definitely doesn’t have the wow factor of Days of Future Past, and the plot is a little messy (okay, maybe a dash more than a little), and there were some holes, and the pacing was a bit off. The villain, Apocalypse, was also quite disappointing in the long run. As much as I like Oscar Isaac, this was really not good. There was so much more that could have been done with this character! His rising and the X-Men battling him was so rushed and quick, his true power and danger is never really realised, which is a pity. Besides that, the cast is, as is to be expected, excellent. McAvoy is a fantastic Charles, and Fassbender, of course, delivers as the tortured Erik. I wish that the two of them had been given more screen time, if I am being honest, but I loved them when they were there. Also, Nicholas Hoult could have done with more screen time, too. Okay, I think one of the large flaws of the film is that there are a ton of characters, and none are really done any real justice. Evan Peters returns and owns as Quicksilver, which I loved. I must say though, his hit scene from DOFP was recreated here, and as entertaining as it was, it wasn’t perfect like the last one, and didn’t thrill me as much. It also felt squished in, like it was expected. Fun, but a little off. Sophie Turner really impressed me as Jean Grey (and trust me, this was something I was extremely leery about), and Tye Sheridan’s Scott Summers didn’t manage to peeve me endlessly, which in and of itself is a feat. Last but not least, I want to talk about how awesome Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler is. I was so stoked to see the Nightcrawler return, and to see him get such a large role was fantastic. Happy as can be! Look, he is no Alan Cumming, but he was still wonderful, and I am hoping to see more of him in future movies. Also, a young Storm? Yay! Yes, I had a total ball with all these things. I actually think this film is going to appeal more to people who love the X-Men franchise, and not necessarily newcomers. That being said, I enjoyed the story, but didn’t love it, it was flawed, but a fun film, the effects were good, but there were issues, but I would definitely recommend it for a watch. I really am such a fan of going back to see how the X-Men formed, how the relationships were, how everything was before, and I really think a great job is being done with that. I am going to stop now, before this review gets excessively long.

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27 thoughts on “Rapid Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

  1. theipc says:

    Shortest IJB,

    I haven’t seen it but I don’t really know why everyone is dogging it, it can’t be THAT bad. I haven’t been able to make it to a movie theater all fucking year. IT SUCKS.

    Love,

    ISC

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    • Zoë says:

      Theaterless PSC,

      That sucks so bad! Pfffff, I think people were hoping for another DOPF, so that might have led to disappointment. Me? I liked this quite a bit.

      Hope you get to a cinema sometime!

      Love,

      SJB

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  2. Chris Evans says:

    Some great thoughts Zoe, as you know from my review a was more enthusiastic about Apocalypse but, yeah, ultimately I would place DoFP above it – mainly for the inclusion of Sirs Stewart and McKellan plus more scenes between McAvoy and Fassbender.

    Looking forward to further instalments in the franchise.

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  3. thefinalscene says:

    I agree. I think critics were far to harsh on the film. I considered it better then X:men First Class. I can’t wait for the next instalments, they are the only ‘superhero’ genre movies I actually watch

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  4. Ben says:

    I think the problem with this movie is that at a time when superhero movies are so common, this one felt a bit generic. Considering it led the superhero movie charge, there is no excuse for it not to be innovative.

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  5. table9mutant says:

    Nice review! Yeah, I skipped this one after the bad reviews. Plus, it’s so LONG & I just don’t have the patience anymore. The X-Men films were my absolute favorite of all the superhero movies at first, though. I loved them! So I’ll still watch this at some point. But I just wish these could be GREAT again. :-/ Glad to hear you still got enjoyment out of it but, yeah – sounds like it’s really just for X-Men lovers.

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks! Ah, the X-Men movies, I just love them so much! Glad to hear you enjoyed them so much, too! Yeah, maybe a home watch for you or something? I do agree – I think that this will appeal to X-Men lovers more than anyone else though.

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