X-Men Apocalypse: Bryan Singer’s Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse (2016)

Director –Bryan Singer

Writers – Simon Kinberg

Starring – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Rating – PG – 13

Genre –Action, Adventure

Metascore – 52/10

Rotten Tomatoes – 47%

The newest offering from the Marvel… or Sony universe (Stan Lee, make this right) comes to us from the tumultuous age of Reaganomics and Return of the Jedi – not kidding. Bryan Singer’s latest film trudges along the very convoluted timeline of the other X-Men films. Singer, known for helming the first two X-Men movies (’00 and ’03 respectively) has recently returned to the captain’s chair in X-Men: Days of Future Past (’14) and most recently in X-Men: Apocalypse. These two follow the widely received First Class, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn rather than Singer. Now, if you’re like me, you really liked the original X-Men film, kind of liked the second, loathed the third, and were beyond enamored with First Class (you also found Future Past confusing). The trend I hope you’re seeing is that over time Bryan Singer has lost his touch when it comes to directing X-Men movies. To be fair, the problems with Future Past were largely Singers fault, while Apocalypse was doomed from the writer’s room.

Clocking in at about forty-five minutes too long, Apocalypse deals with a megalomaniacal ancient mutant who is brought out of stasis in 1983 Egypt. The ancient mutant, En Sabah Nur is played by the brilliant Oscar Isaac who is arguably the best part of the whole film. If you haven’t seen any of the X-Men films, one, you’re going to be as lost as Lincoln Chafee at a Trump rally and two, you’ll have no idea why you should care about any of the characters because the only screen-time truly devoted to character development goes to Isaac. The character is interesting and he plays it well, however any semblance of a decent performance is drowned out by a piped-in “scary” voice.

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McAvoy plays his part, though the character is worn out; Fassbender isn’t horrible, but Magneto’s motivation is somewhat illogical and is reinforced by lazy flashbacks from former installments. Maybe the point of Apocalypse is to bring a new round of young actors to the forefront, and if this is the case, they did okay. The new Cyclops’ (Sheridan) origin is interesting but he suffers from the same plague of the other youngster; not nearly enough screen-time (I mean they didn’t even show Jubilee’s powers). Lawrence brings her usual, enjoyable panache alongside Turner and Smit-McPhee’s solid acting chops. Hands down, the coolest sequence in the film is Quicksilver’s ruckus through the mansion to save students. Tuning the scene with Annie Lennox made it feel fun and wacky, which the rest of the movie would have benefited from. Lastly, we get an obligatory Wolverine sighting, however it’s one of the coolest presentations of Wolverine’s feral nature and they don’t pull the punches. All in all, apocalypse is a shallowly developed tale for a narrow audience on a far too long road that may be nearing its own apocalypse.

Author : Blake Burrough

499 rating : 5.4 / 10

 

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