Film Review: X-Men Apocalypse

In association with the Grosvenor


X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest entry into this prequel trilogy starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, is a film that evokes mixed feelings. First Class was terrific and Days of Future Past was pretty good too but the best way to describe Apocalypse is that it’s enjoyable to a fault.

There’s a number of things about this film that will rub a lot of fans and general moviegoers the wrong way. The story is basically the same as any other superhero plot post Avengers.  Bad guy wants to destroy the world and heroes have to team up to stop him. There’s not much to find if you’re looking for originality.

Another weak point of the film is Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. This is an awful villain. His only goal seems to be destroy the world without any compelling justification, and despite having the power to wipe out everything with the click of his fingers at no point does he seem menacing. His costume looks like something out of Power Rangers and all he does is spew those villainous speeches they always put in the trailers. Oscar Isaac’s a great actor but anybody could’ve played this role.

Fortunately there is enough entertaining stuff that makes the film a passable watch. There are some captivating arcs for many of the characters like Jean Grey, Cyclops and especially Magneto who had by far the best and most gut wrenching scenes. The action scenes are well done if not a bit overly destructive and there is a genuine sense of intensity and high stakes during the latter half. Quicksilver gets another great super speed scene and the onscreen bromance between McAvoy and Fassbender is once again superb. In the end the audience can still care for the characters and what is happening to them. It takes a while to get going, but once everything is set in motion it becomes a decently entertaining film.

X-Men: Apocalypse is easily the weakest of the newer X-Men films but it’s still worth at least one sitting, to complete the trilogy if nothing else. It’s nowhere near as good as Captain America: Civil War but hey – at least it’s not Batman v Superman.

[Calum Cooper]

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