Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till
Director: Bryan Singer
What’s Good: X-Men Apocalypse boasts of some great effects. When it comes to connectivity and detailing, there is no beat to the X-Men series.
What’s Bad: The film’s lengthy run time. Also, a powerful antagonist seems to be missing the scene here.
Loo Break: Only if you need!
Watch or Not?: Not the best X- Men film compared to the previous two and hence, suggested only for pure X-Men fans!
Set approx. ten years later from the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, this film takes off with an introduction of En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), who is the world’s first mutant who was hailed as a God in 3600 B.C. Egypt. Centuries later, he rises from the grave to destroy the civilisation and set a new world for the mutants.
It’s the 80s and while Professor Charles is busy running his school with Hank, Mystique/Raven is surviving in East Berlin. Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto has settled in Poland with his wife and daughter and trying hard to live a normal life.
When En Sabah Nur rises, he plans to recruit the strongest mutants on his side to take on the world. After recruiting a young Storm and Psylocke, he turns to Eric finding him in his weakest time.
With a war ahead, the task of saving humanity and civilisation is on the shoulders of the young mutants Jean, Nightcrawler, Scott and Peter, who are about to learn the true nature of their powers.
X-Men: Apocalypse Review: Script Analysis
Bryan Singer’s newest installment in the X-Men series finds itself a great piece of story with history and a good chunk of past for the well-known mutants like Erik, Scott and Jean.
The first half establishes itself a bit slowly but manages to keep you hooked with the character detailing. Apocalypse’s script finally answers the age old question of ‘Why is professor Charles bald?’ and mind you, it is interesting how it happens.
What we truly miss in this script is the memorable interactions between Charles and Erik which have made the previous installments quite rich in content.
As an antagonist, En Sabah Nur hardly packs any punch. In fact, it is also sad to see Magneto so weak just standing beside him like an extra. For God’s sake, he is Magneto – some sort of a born leader.
While Apocalypse aka Nur possesses some deadly powers, his recruitment techniques involving giving a bunch of mutants some extra super powers seem stupid.
Singer has mastered the art of playing with his characters smartly by introducing us to their past and present to develop stories with each film. This time too, he does the same and also ends the film with the hints of the upcoming films with the younger mutants in focus.
While Mystique gets a decent screen time, content wise, there is a dearth to her character detailing.
X-Men: Apocalypse Review: Star Performance
Oscar Isaac stars as the evil Apocalypse. I wish he was given a better look. Isaac makes the most of what the writers offer him but fails to turn out as menacing as our favourite Magneto.
James McAvoy returns as Charles or Professor X in the film. He is his usual charming self and gives you a cute scene when he is all nervous to meet Moira for the first time after years.
Michael Fassbender reprises his role of Erik/Magneto. Fassbender does a good job but comes off as quite repetitive from his past films.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique and is highly under used in the film. Her role fails to pack a punch in this installment.
Sophie Turner, who is rather famous as Sansa Stark from Game Of Thrones, seals her place in the X-Men franchise as the younger Jean. Turner puts up a good act and gets a crucial role in the film.
Nicholas Hoult too, returns as Beast and forms a strong supporting cast for the film.
Evan Peters as Quicksilver/Peter once again steals the show with his fun act.
X-Men: Apocalypse Review: Direction, Music
X-Men Apocalypse may not be as entertaining on paper but director Bryan Singer sure knows how to make it a fun watch. With a surprise cameo and the usual flashbacks from his previous films, he makes sure to keep the viewers well connected into the series that he has built post X-Men: First Class.
The only problem is that since Singer crams too many characters in one film, his ambitious act also disappoints. So, while fans of the comic books may cheer with the introduction of Psylocke, her screen time in the film is minimal and comes as a huge let down.
Singer once again impresses with the best sequence in the film involving Quicksilver, just like he did in the last film.
Also another disappointment for many would be the poorly crafted climax scene. The deserted ruins of a city staging a fight do not excite you even a bit.
Basically, Singer’s latest film has its own moments of hits and misses.
X-Men: Apocalypse Review: The Last Word
X-Men: Apocalypse falls short of its predecessors when it comes to entertainment. It is strictly for the X-Men fans since the rest would find themselves highly confused! I am going with a 3/5 for the film.
X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer
X-Men: Apocalypse releases on 20th May, 2016.
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