It’s the third outing of the newly (rebooted-ish) trilogy of the beloved X-Men franchise and boy did it pack some super punch!
Here’s the deal, worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization (yeah! that long!), the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac aka Poe Dameron of A Galaxy Far Far Away) becomes the first and most powerful mutant, like really powerful. So powerful that he will literally make you part of the wall. Don’t piss in his cornflakes!
Awakening after thousands of years, yadda yadda yadda — he recruits the now newly disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and three other bitchin’ cool mutants, known as The Four Horsemen to create a new world order: End of Days for the puny humans!
As the fate of the Earth hangs in dear balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men, they better have student cards to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying all of mankind.
What did I think? Right off the bat Apocalypse doesn’t really deserve the lukewarm reception it is currently getting among top critics – like of course I am a fan and all and I have an idea of the timeline it is heading toward but I think an average viewer can still have fun with this one!
Bryan Singer really shows off that he is the daddy of the franchise and proving yet again that he knows what he is doing, there are some incredibly directed scenes which show me that I really will return to the X-Men universe again and again.
Kodi Smit-McPhee arrives on the screen as fan favourite Nightcrawler and gives an exceptional performance – addded loveable character moments along with a little comic was a delight to watch. Tye Sheridan also checks in a nice performance as young Scott Summers, it is nice to see the character getting some proper work done and screen time compared to prier outings.
But, the standout performance of the new trio is Sophie Turner. She commanded the screen as Jean Grey. Breathing fresh air to the beloved character, Turner yet again proves that she is very much a rising talent in both T.V and now, film. Very raw and powerful, Turner is an absolute treat to watch. I can’t wait to see her in future installments.
Both Olivia Munn and Alexandra Shipp turn in some great performances as Psylocke and Storm. Yet again proving that the female leads are an absolute talent throughout this piece. I loved a little background to both characters and very much hope to see both stars returning to the superhero table.
The Big Bad Apocalypse
Oscar Isaac is truly on the up and up in his career and his acting chops prove it! Taking on the evil Apocalypse, Isaac was a force to be reckon with and bring a great opera like performance to the screen. He is very much the best villain to come out of the rebooted franchise thus far.
The returning folks are all great with James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne all giving great new depths to their characters — but the two standouts for me were Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters.
In what is probably the most heart wrenching scene of the entire piece that involves Fassbender and a handful of police *NO SPOILERS*, we are really shown the incredible A-List acting chops the nominated actor has.
As well, Evan Peters brings one of the best performances of the entire franchise in what can only be described as “Sweet Dreams” slow-mo scene. You’ll understand when you see it!
Although I did have great fun with this totally Summer movie there were some issues. I feel Jennifer Lawrence came across partly wooden at times but did give a solid go at the character of Raven for the third time. I just feel that she may be done with the whole mega budget franchises — but if the rumors are true, she may be returning yet again.
I also felt that the outing was in part overly long and could have been shortened down at times. These are only tiny little nitpicks but all the same deserved to be voiced!
I really had a lot of fun with this third of the trilogy which is a hell of a lot more violent than others, it may not be as good as Day of Future Past, but it really does stand on it’s own feet and gives a great little segway into a certain clawed heroes standalone.
All – in – all, X-Men Apocalypse deserves to be enjoyed with a crowd on the biggest screen possible, it really is some popcorn fun that will please the fans! — and remember, stay after the credits!
(Personal rating 4/5 – nerd out!)