Flash Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

I think having the ability to see one’s self through someone else’s eyes would be quite beneficial. It would be like having an instant 2nd opinion, besides the advantages of having an easy access mirror that reflects back perceptions. I have seen various television shows where an individual is shown a videotape of themselves after some event. Most of these are done as a comedy bit on a talk show, but there have been other occasions where I have seen it done. I cringe when I think about things I have done where if I only had given thought to how my actions would be perceived, I would not have acted in such a way. Another positive aspect about someone else’s viewpoint is the confidence one could gain from such knowledge. Can you imagine growing up and being told by someone important to you that you will never be good at art or sports? Any painting you draw or ball you throw never receives a compliment or a word of encouragement. Not until you are in a different environment and someone sees something in you, do you finally hear a positive comment. I know I have mentioned this previously but based on my background no one would have believed that I would become a fitness/yoga instructor; I flunked PE twice in high school. Yet there was one individual at a fitness class I attended in my neighborhood who saw and encouraged me to pursue my passion. It just goes to show you that sometimes our perceptions of ourselves may not always be the most accurate.   THE world En Sabah Nur, played by Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Stars Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens) remembered was nothing like the new world he was seeing now. Changes needed to be made. This action adventure brought back most of the actors from the previous film, so I will focus on a couple of the standouts for me. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games franchise, Joy) as Raven/Mystique was a focal point to this film and I always enjoy her performances; however, I only wished the script would have offered her more. Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones-TV, Barely Lethal) as Jean Grey was perfect casting in my opinion. The other actor I enjoyed was Evan Peters (American Horror Story-TV, Elvis & Nixon) as Quicksilver. I read on Moviejoltz’ Facebook timeline a discussion regarding this story deviating from the comic book. Since I am not familiar with the comic books I can only base my review on what I saw on the big screen. The special effects were good though it seemed the fight scenes overwhelmed the telling of the story. With such a capable cast I wished the script had offered more depth and feelings for the characters. It did seem like some roles were put into this story for possible consideration of a spinoff. I enjoyed watching this fantasy film but after it was done I felt like something was missing. Granted this was my perception of the movie; true comic book fans may have a stronger reaction. There was one extra scene at the end of the credits.

 

2 ¾ stars  

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 31, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Nothing more than a good honest movie.
    Captain America: Civil War was much better!
    Ciao
    Sid

    • Sid, you are so right. If I had not seen Captain American maybe I would have enjoyed this more. But on 2nd thought, no it would not have made a difference. Thank you for the comments.

  2. I saw this at the weekend with my oldest three sons. We all enjoyed it but it was a bit of a let down after First Class and Days of Future Past. We all agreed that there were too many characters which diluted our ability to really invest in any one person’s arc or really engage with them. My kids all liked Apocalypse but I thought he was a weak character which was a shame since Isaac is such a charismatic actor. I wonder if he had trouble emoting through the prosthetics. I also got no sense of that character having any sort of complexity. Fassbender was great as usual and I like that Magneto was given some additional motivation for his struggle between dark and light with regard to mutant rights. Turner was perfect for the young Jean Grey and I enjoyed her arc. The stand out turn for me, however, was Peters as Quicksilver. He provided pretty much the only humour and sense of fun in the film. My 9 and 10 year olds were griping about the departure from the comic books but I am not into comics so that mattered not a jot to me.

    • Thank you Laura for sharing your outing with the boys to see this film. I believe your boys will be following their mother with astute movie observations. Bravo and thanks again for everything you have done and do, I appreciate it so much.

  3. so I was on super power binge watching weekend and my next movie was Xmen. I was not overly impressed they could have done better, I liked Nightcrawler owned that role but Apocalypse not so much for some omnipotent being was rather week from the comics battles with Apocalypse are on the scale that ends worlds. And then the entire Xmen story this movie is a bit of prequel and certain aspects of the story dont quite tally up with the way the X-men are set up on thet future or is it the present, I forget.

    ~B

    • It was a shame because I think Oscar Isaacs is a wonderful actor and his character was not as dramatic as it could be. Congrats on completing your binge watching of the superhero trifecta. Thanks for the comments.

  4. Just watched this movie and was satisfied. I think because I had the benefit of hearing many negative comments about the movie I was able to go into it with low expectations.

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