Alright folks, welcome back to this Black Ship of ours. I am sure that many of you might be waiting for this month’s YOUTUBE Binge — rest assured I’ll have that up soon enough, but today I wanted to talk to you all about Bryan Singer’s new X-Men Apocalypse flick.
The movie was overall great, though that’s not to say it doesn’t come with a few flaws (some might even be breakers for you). Regardless, I do think this was the best comic-book-based film to release this year, thus far .
What was great about the film:
The character development was fantastic. Having recently watched BvS and Civil War, I felt that both relied more on grandiose scenes than on the characters. Any comic book reader knows that these stories are character driven and so the lack of that aspect has made some of the recent movies less enjoyable.
The added depth to Magneto (Michael Fassbender) was unexpected and set the tone for the rest of the film. The ostracizing of both Scott Summer (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) made me feel really for the characters.
There were also comedic elements that were executed surprisingly well. Civil War, for example, felt like a comedian laughing at his own jokes. X-Men was funny without trying, or even knowing. The Quicksilver rescue scene started with the most humorous music that had me smiling as soon as I heard it.
The Wolverine scene was amazing. That was the best Wolverine in film ever. That is saying alot because Hugh Jackmen has done great in the role, but this was Wolverine berserker status.
What was mediocre:
Some of the new cast members were unable to capture the characters of the previous films. Meaning, I would’ve preferred for all the new renditions of Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Jean to be younger versions of, instead of new interpretations. Even though they were not bad takes, Storm and Jean fell short of what I was hoping to see. The new Cyclops and Nightcrawler were a great portrayal of the characters, and what was best about these young actors’ performances is that they truly felt like a younger version of the pre-established takes. That added to the feel of a larger continuity.
The Phoenix scene was also not the best, but not because of its own fault. The scene was shot well and the use of Phoenix was clever and actually resembled the character, yet it was used at the wrong moment for the wrong reason.
What didn’t work:
I have hated the new take of Mystique since the relaunch of this franchise. Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress, but she has never been able to capture the character anywhere near what she should. I also hate the fact that because it is an A-List actress they have made Mystique a central X-Men hero.
Lastly, the only big flaw, was Apocalypse. I did not fear or even respect the villain. To add insult to injury the only moment that he seemed to be what I had expected was in a psychic sequence. That is, in part, what cheapened the Phoenix experience. As I said, despite the timing, the scene was perfectly shot; I felt that it was a much better take on the Phoenix phenomenon than X3, but in my mind I couldn’t believe that this miserable villain made Jean break out the Phoenix.
So some of these points are maybe breakers for some, but I enjoyed the film a lot despite them. If it hadn’t been for the Apocalypse depiction I would have claimed this to be a near-perfect flick. But due to the take on him, I would have to rate it a little lower.
I would give it an 8 out of 10.