Movie Review – X-Men : Apocalypse

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Following up 2014’s almost flawless X-Men: Days of Future Past (you can read my review here) was always going to be a challenge, especially in a cinematic landscape overflowing with comic book franchises. With all it’s major characters returning and an influx of new blood, expectations ran high. Early reviews didn’t sound too good but whatever….this is X-Men and damnit, I’m going!

The movie opens in ancient Egypt with the world’s very first mutant, Apocalypse (Isaac) trying to live forever. It was a thing back then. His efforts are thwarted and he crumbles as quickly as his tomb, forced to endure until some followers/devotees resurrect him.

And that brings us to the 1980’s …..and 1980’s hair *claps hands*

Since the last movie, our mutants have scattered.

Xavier (McAvoy) not only has great 80’s hair, he also has a thriving school for mutants with lots of familiar and not so familiar youngsters in attendance. The ever faithful Hank (Hoult) is helping to run things and it is here we meet Jean Grey (Turner) for the first time as a young woman struggling to control her powers.

Mystique (Lawrence) continues her crusade to help mutants everywhere and Quicksilver (Peters) is seemingly just loving being an 80’s brat.

Magneto/Erik (Fassbender) now resides in a small Polish village leading a quiet, anonymous life with his wife and young daughter. He has sworn never return to his mutant life and well, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what would break such a resolve.

So Apocalypse is gathering his four horsemen and all hell is about to break loose as he tries to end the world

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Okay so I really enjoyed this until the movie transitioned into the third act. The movie thus far was engaging, entertaining and fun in that gathering-of-the-evil-forces kind of way. Really, really good. Then it literally slipped a gear and went for a drunken wander around the block. There was lots of noise, lots of CGI, lots of strained faces as massive amounts of dirt and debris arched itself across the screen in an array of so much bullshit, I almost fell asleep.

The movie redeemed itself slightly towards the end but by then the damage had been done. I was looking at my watch and wondering where I would stop for coffee on my way home.

Someone with a thick red pen needed to take charge of that script and cull it by 30 minutes. They then needed to cut the CGI budget by about $50M. If this has been the case, a much different and much better movie would be on our screens.

But perhaps my biggest grievance is the lack of interplay between our main characters. What happened? Where is the great bromance of FassAvoy? One of the best things about the X-Men is the character relationships. In a world that had cast them out, they had each other. It was ironically what made them so human. This was severely lacking in this movie and I truly hope someone takes note because it stole the heart of the franchise.

Overall, I enjoyed it but I did want more. And I don’t mean screen time or special effects.

I want more X-Men

3.5 stars

Love Sue-Ellen xx

Director : Bryan Singer

Starring :  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor

Running Time : 144 minutes

Release Date : In Cinemas Now

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