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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« on: June 02, 2016, 10:00:06 AM »
I was avoiding seeing this due to all the controversy, the controversy that it sucks. Sound like another comic book film?

The common defense seems to be, "it's not as bad as people say". That's a fair assessment, but not a good thing. I found it to be a dull, boring, CGI heavy soul less film, with a few good moments.

It shares similar problems with BvS. Tons of characters and action, but not a lot of story, narrative, or personality. If you loved how fun they made the Deadpool universe while still maintaining a sense of drama or great superhero action, get ready for Bryan Singer to ignore all that.

The good: Magneto. Michael Fassbender brings a ton of acting and character work. He's one of the few people who has actual motivations for his actions. Same with Professor X. Quicksilver steals the show again, but it's a repeat of his DOFP scene shot differently. Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Sophie Turner as Jean are all likable as the new team.

The Bad: Apocalypse is the ultimate generic overpowered villain who wants to destroy the world. He sucks. Anyone could have played him with his auto tuned voice and lame monologues. And that's really the plot of the film. He wants to destroy the world and the X-Men must stop him. There isn't much more depth than that. There's other side stories that are pretty disjointed and don't go anywhere such as Quicksilver realizing Magneto is his dad. Wolverine is just in there and is gone.

And there's just so much CGI destruction at the end it's boring and pointless. There might be a 10-15 minute sequence where Magneto floats alone by himself in a magnetic field looking into the distance. You just don't feel for any of it.

Singer brings back his generic black uniforms for the team because superhero costumes will never work in live action.

Better or worse than BvS? That depends on what you rally liked from both. I got the best live action Batman ever from BvS along with Alfred and loved those Batman/Bruce moments. I didn't love anything from this. I guess this is less offensive in the same way than BvS because Jesse Eisenberg wasn't in it. I dunno, they both suck and have their moments.

As far as this movie goes, I give it a low rental. No excuse to be making this kind of X-Men film. It's going backwards, especially with Deadpool showing us how fun an X-Men universe can be with real X-Men and comic book uniforms and costumes. Stop trying to make Bryan Singer happen.


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Re: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2016, 06:08:42 PM »
Like you said the Quicksilver scene was basically a repeat of DoFP but I loved it nonetheless.

And I don't know about you, but that moment with Weapon X and Jean was just a little creepy. They did do anything to try and de-age Hugh even just a little.

I enjoyed it but your review is fair. I think it may be time for a new X-Men movie with different characters and a new director. That's what made First Class so great, it was from a different perspective in Vaughn


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Re: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2016, 08:38:38 PM »
Saw the scene off Youtube.

His scenes are the best representations of super speed ever.  Smallville and Flash don't even come close, in terms of choreography.

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Re: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 03:15:54 AM »
I thought it was OK and highly predictable except for Havoc.  I didn't like Jennifer Lawrence in this film. It seemed like they wanted her face on screen too much.

I think you can bank on a decent XMen file if Xavier and Magneto are given to actors with chops.


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Re: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2016, 12:39:59 AM »
Well, I watched it.  I knew from the trailers that it wasn't going to be good, but it was even more disappointing than I expected.  SCB's review nailed it, as usual.  The movie was bland, the script was bland, the acting was bland, the action was decent.  I think my favourite part was the cameo scene in the military base.  It was dark, well choreographed, and had a near horror element to it. 

The battle dialogue throughout the movie was just atrocious.

"cover me!"
"wait here!"
"don't move!"

Overall, a pretty weak offering to the X-Men franchise.  It's better than X3, and technically better than Wolverine Origins,  although I think I find Wolverine Origins to be more entertaining.  I'll have to see Apocalypse again to be certain.