X-Men: Apocalypse in three words? Explosions. Humour. CGI.
The latest release directed by Bryan Singer brings the franchise back and introduces us to the younger versions of some of our favourite mutants like Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp). The main addition, of course, being En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), better known as Apocalypse – who is, of course, the movie’s namesake. Apocalypse was a mutant who ruled ancient Egypt and was worshipped as a god until there was a rebellion and he was put to sleep for thousands of years. When he wakes up? Let’s just say he gets out on the wrong side of the bed.
The film is pretty stunning. The CGI and 3D effects are bigger and better than ever – sometimes to the point of ridiculousness. On the one hand they use that to their advantage by adding humour to the series of events – watch out for Quicksilver’s (Evan Peters) scenes, they’ll have you in stitches – but on the other, their efforts to express the scale of some mutant’s powers just seem a little OTT.
We see a return of the classic humour that off-balances the seriousness of most scenes – the writing is still perfectly timed if a little more diluted than some of the previous movies. There’s a lot less emotion this time around. This could potentially be a result of Isaac’s character being a lot less relatable than Michael Fassbender’s Magento. Plus, a lot of our favourite tortured soul’s inner working are expressed through flashbacks to Erik’s experiences from the last few movies. A useful technique, yes, but I always want as many new Fassbender scenes as possible and these left me feeling a little cheated.
Overall though, I don’t think anyone could not enjoy watching this movie. James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier is the righteous martyr, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique is as bad-ass as ever and Nicholas Hoult is still rocking that blue fur something fierce. It’s got a stellar cast, some fantastic writing and a massive budget well-spent on explosions and special effects. What else do you need?
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner
Runtime: 144 mins
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