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Spoiler Free Review for X-Men: Apocalypse

Title: X-Men: Apocalypse

Date: 2016

MPAA: PG: 13

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

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

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse is directed once again by Bryan Singer, and is the newest entry in the ongoing X-Men franchise. Singer once again gives us an entertaining blockbuster movie, with some fantastic action sequences and some great performances. With a cast like this, it is hard not to say that. Michael Fassbender once again proves why he is one of the best actors working in Hollywood today. There is a couple scenes with his character, Magneto, in this movie that are really heart wrenching, and Fassbender really pulls them off. His performance is once again very emotionally charged and powerful. McAvoy also gives a great performance as Professor X, but this is nothing new if you have seen the previous two X-Men movies.

This movie has a lot of great characters from the previous films. As I mentioned before, once again we get to see Professor X and Magneto. Other notable characters like, Mystique, Beast, and Quicksilver are all back as well. Quicksilver was a scene stealer in the previous film, and he was once again a scene stealer in this movie. He gets more screen time in this movie which is a plus, and there is one particular scene, involving a popular 80s song, that is just fantastic! That also brings me to my next point on why I liked this movie. Singer does a great job incorporating 80s themes in this movie. Not only how the characters are dressed and their hairstyles, but particular 80s objects and even a popular 80s film is mentioned, so it really feels like you are transformed back in time to 1983. Since this film takes place in 1983, we get to witness a lot of our favorite characters from the original X-Men films. Fan-favorite characters like Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler all are in this film for the first time, in the newer X-Men movies, and they are much younger, so it is really great to explore how these characters were like when they were young and naive. I thought Cyclops, as a character, was a stand out. In the original X-Men movies, we don’t really know much about him, except that he can shoot lasers out of his eyes. However in this film, we get to witness how he got his powers and learned to obtain them which was really refreshing. Also seeing how he met Jean Grey was great as well. I also thought Nightcrawler was a great addition, and was very funny at times.

This film, although very entertaining, does have its flaws. The big baddy in this film is Apocalypse, which is what the movie is named after. So, we expect this character to be very good, however he does not live up to the hype. Yes, he is very menacing, and yes, he is all so powerful, but the character is forced and we never really get a good motive on why he wants to destroy the world. He is just an average movie villain, which is one of the biggest flaws in the movie for me. He is not a horrible villain, but not a great one either. Some of the other new characters that we meet for the first time aren’t really that great. Olivia Munn’s, Psylocke, was pretty forgettable. This movie was carried by the X-Men characters we already know, which isn’t the worst thing because there are already so many great characters. However, it’s hard for this film to stand out among all the other great X-Men movies, because it doesn’t bring us anything new that we have never seen before. I also had some problems with the climax of the movie. The ending story arch was pretty weak, and definitely has some plot holes. Nevertheless, this movie delivers on entertainment and excitement which is what a blockbuster film is supposed to do.

Overall, X-Men: Apocalypse is an entertaining and gripping blockbuster movie. This movie has a great cast and an experienced director, so it does deliver with great performances and excellent film-making. The action sequences are very convincing and compelling. This movie is not perfect, and has a pretty basic plot with an average villain. There are some flaws in the storytelling, and is overshadowed by the previous two X-Men films. There is a joke in this movie, about how the third film in a series is always the worst, which was directed at X-Men: The Last Stand. However, this is probably true for this film as well, as it is the weakest in the latest X-Men trilogy. But it’s still a lot better than The Last Stand, so that’s good….My grade for this film is:

3.5/5

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